Vaenuku with a new favorite?

Euleuss (TX) Trinity defensive lineman Gaius Vaenuku has helped his team to the third round of the playoffs.

Euless (TX) Trinity defensive lineman Gaius Vaenuku has plenty of college options to choose from. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder is one of the top defensive ends in the country, but with a big frame several colleges anticipate his transition to the interior.

Vaenuku has helped the Trojans to a 10-2 record and they have advanced to the third round of the Class 5A Division I playoffs. This week's hurdle is rival and defending state champ Southlake Carroll.

Vaenuku knows they're in for a battle.

"We have to watch a lot of film and have good practice because that's exactly what we did with Mansfield," he said. "When we watched them they looked real good and we came out and played harder."

While Vaenuku tries to help his team to a state championship, college recruiters and fans of programs he's closely looking at will have to wait a while for his decision. Truth be told, he's completely put recruiting on the backburner.

"I really haven't kept up with any college football," he said. "I've just been keeping up with high school; I haven't really followed any college teams. I'm trying to get the high school season out of the way first; we're trying to go all the way and if we don't I guess recruiting starts then."

Although he's not completely focused on recruiting at the moment, rumors started to swirl that TCU had become the favorite just recently. This is a change considering Utah always appeared to be the team to beat. While he's not ready to name a clear leader, he did admit that TCU has jumped up his list of favorites.

"Yeah, TCU is up there now," he said. "It's real close to home but I haven't decided yet because I want to take all of my officials and decide at the end. I want to sit down with the family.

"My mom is talking to me about how she can come and watch the games if I went there, we've been talking about it. After my official visits I'll know where I'm going to go."

While college coaches are vying to get him to take official visits to their schools, Vaenuku is also getting pitches from various commitments. It happened once again last week after Trinity defeated Mansfield and he went head to head with Oklahoma State offensive line commit Zach Crabtree.

"He talked to me after the game and he was wondering if I'd take an official with him up to OSU because he's committed," he said. "He was pretty good."

Trinity and Southlake Carroll will play Saturday at 6:00pm at Birdville Fine Arts and Athletic Complex.

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