Ready for the Bright Lights

For USC commit Simione Vehikite, who grew up on the island of Maui, his official visit to USC this past weekend was the first time that he traveled to the mainland, and the trip couldn't have gone better. Look inside for the details.

For USC commit Simione Vehikite, who grew up on the island of Maui, his official visit to USC this past weekend was the first time that he traveled to the mainland, and the trip couldn't have gone better.

The 6-1, 243-pound fullback from Kapolei HS raved about his experience and said he felt surprisingly comfortable among the bright lights of Los Angeles.

"The trip was very exciting," Vehikite said. "It made me want to go to USC even more.

"I liked it from the time I got there until I left. I like the bright lights. I told the coaches that I could get used to that."

Vehikite said one of the main reasons that he felt right at home at USC was because of the Trojans' long tradition of having Polynesian players.

"For me it's an honor because they are great players and many have moved on to the NFL," Vehikite said of the Polynesian players that have come before him. "I want to keep it going. I know that I will be playing with a couple of Tongans next year. That's an honor too.

"It's good because I have grown up with Tongans all my life and I am usually close with them. It's good that there will be some Tongans on the team."

On the visit, Vehikite spent time with fellow Tongan Hebron Fangupo, and the two became fast friends. There was even talk that the two would become roommates when they arrive at USC.

"I got to meet him. He's a real nice guy man," Vehikite said of Fangupo. "We even asked the coaches if we can be roommates."

While the three-star fullback enjoyed every aspect of his visit, he said walking on to the field of the Los Angeles Coliseum had to be the highlight.

"Going to the Coliseum was my favorite part of the trip," Vehikite explained. "They took us into the locker room and showed us what game intensity would be like. They hyped us up like it was five minutes before a game.

"There were no people there but it still felt so good. I visualized that there was like 100,000 fans in the stands, and I was thinking about being there next year."

When Vehikite takes the field for the first time as a USC Trojan, he will proudly represent all of Hawaii.

"Right now, being able to go to USC is like my dream coming true, and to represent the island is even better," he said.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions you can reach Kevin Carden at kevin@scplaybook.com


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