Vainuku eyes Oregon State visit

ONE OF THE more intriguing recruiting stories yet to unfold this year is that of Soma Vainuku. Called "one of the best two-way players in the West in the class of 2010," by, he's a bruising running back and hard hitting linebacker out of Eureka, Calif. He visits Oregon State officially next week. This week, Oregon State and two other Pac-10 schools are making in-home visits.

Soma Vainuku (6-1, 250, 4.62) has in-homes scheduled this week with Oregon State, ASU and USC. The Beavers were also by a couple weeks back to sit down with Vainuku and his family.

"They just checked out my grades and everything. Things are going great right now, I'm getting good grades right now and just chopping away," said Vainuku.

VAINUKU, THE COUSIN of Rey Maualuga, piled up 2,202 rushing yards this season, with 38 touchdowns. Whether he lines up at middle linebacker or in the offensive backfield at the next level remains to be seen.

Either during his upcoming in-home or while on his trip to Corvallis, he's hoping to get a clearer picture of where the Beavs see him.

"I want to get a feel for which position they might want me to play, I'd like to see where they see me at right now position wise, but I feel comfortable playing on either side of the ball...And then I want to see the campus and get a feel for the school," said Vainuku.

SIGNING DAY IS a bit of a misnomer in that it's actually the beginning of a Signing Period, though the overwhelming majority of recruits will sign on Feb. 3. But Vainuku doesn't look to be one of them. He has a visit scheduled for USC the weekend after Signing Day.

"I don't want to leave anyone out, seeing where I could potentially play at these schools," said Vainuku. "I'm not signing until after Letter of Intent Day, I want to be sure I take my trips first before I make my decision.

"My top three right now are Arizona State, USC and Oregon State," said Vainuku, who is also hearing from Arizona and BYU "a little bit."

Vainuku will be taking the SAT this Saturday, and plans on getting more then the four hours of sleep he had the first time he took it. He tripped to ASU this past weekend.

"It went pretty good, they showed me around the facilities, the campus, took me out to a couple spots to eat. They showed me a good time while I was out there," said Vainuku.

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