Vaenuku Has Three Visits Remaining

Euless Trinity defensive lineman Gaius Vaenuku will take three official visits in January.

Euless (TX) Trinity defensive lineman Gaius Vaenuku is one of the most coveted prospects left uncommitted in the state. The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder helped the traditional power Trojans to the third round of the class 5A playoffs and has now turned his focus to recruiting.

Vaenuku has several options to choose from but appears to have narrowed his choices down to a select few. He visited Missouri a few weeks ago and has plans to visit BYU on January 11th, Utah on the 18th and his final trip to TCU on the 25th.

The big defender enjoyed his recent visit to Missouri.

"We really couldn't do anything because everyone had exams," he said. "Other than that, the atmosphere was pretty good, we just hung out with the players."

Utah was a long-time favorite for Vaenuku during the process, but rumors have swirled that he's now strongly considering TCU. The Horned Frogs have offered him as a defensive tackle which is a position he's comfortable playing.

"They offered as a d-tackle," he said. "This past year and last year I played the whole d-line. It doesn't matter to me; outside you usually get more one-on-one and on the inside you sometimes get a one-on-one with the guard but sometimes they double-team and make it a little harder. But, I like the challenge."

The biggest reason for the Frogs' rise on his list is proximity. Vaenuku admits that location will play a part in his decision and even though he knows his family will watch him anywhere, playing close to home could make things easier.

"It is, it would be easy for my whole family to watch," he said. "My family is going to come watch me wherever I go but I just think it would be easier. I'm still waiting everything out before I decide."

With signing day just over a month away, Vaenuku says he's not letting the pressure of a decision get to him. He stayed patient for his entire senior season and can stay that way for another month.

"For me I wanted to worry about college after the season was over so I could get everything off of my mind," he said. "After the season was over, everybody started contacting me. Some schools that I haven't talked to in a while got back in touch. TCU was someone I hadn't talked to since the summer and they didn't contact me again until after the season so I guess they were doing the same thing and worrying more about their season."

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