Four-Star 2017 DE Luiji Vilain Focused on Four

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Episcopal 2017 defensive end Luiji Vilain is already a hot commodity at the BCS level, and four schools are ahead early in the competition. Scout caught up with Vilain for the latest on his recruitment.

Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal has one Canadian-born star headed to big-time football in Patrice Rene, and 2017 defensive end Luiji Vilain will be the next in line.

A 6-foot-3, 220-pound four-star prospect, Vilain has four schools on top early and seven verbal scholarship offers.

“It’s exciting because I’ve finally gotten the opportunity to come down and play football in the United States,” Vilain said. “It’s a great process. It’s exciting, but it’s not that overwhelming. I’ve been doing this since my freshman year of high school, so I’m used to it.”

Vilain cited four schools as the most aggressive in his recruitment and broke them down in a conversation with Scout.

Rutgers – “Rutgers was actually my first offer and I’ve been in contact with them since my freshman year. I’ve been in contact with some amazing coaches like coach Jim Panagos, coach Kyle Flood and coach Bob Fraser. Those guys have been around during the whole recruiting process. … I really like their coaching style, and off the field they’re really nice guys. They give you a serious sense of family. They make me feel like I’m a part of the team when I come there.”

Penn State – “Penn State is a really good football program. I like coach [James] Franklin’s coaching style. He’s really upbeat kind of guy. I like the way he does things. … I pay attention to their [NFL] success. I talk to coach Franklin and coach [Sean] Spencer a lot about their success. They’ve put a lot of players in the NFL.”

Syracuse – “It’s about three hours away from where I’m from, so I’ve been to a few games. It doesn’t matter too much to be close to home, but I liked Syracuse. As long as I feel comfortable at the school where I am, I’ll be content.”

Wisconsin – “They’re my most recent offer. I’ve been in contact with the coaching staff and they talk to my coach a lot. They’re a very good program, and I want to see more from them. It’s an exciting offer.”

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