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California tackle set to visit Vanderbilt

After losing the commitment of local standout Brandon Adams, the Commodores coaching staff began to reach out to new prospects and one of those guys is Kearny (Ca) defensive tackle Josiah Sa’o.

On Monday night, the San Diego area tackle received an official offer from the Commodores and now appears to be someone the staff sees as fitting that nose tackle role in their 3-4 defense. Sa’o is a physically strong lineman who plays with quick violent hands and has the power to create havoc for opposing offensive linemen.

New Vanderbilt defensive line coach, C.J. Ah You made an in-home visit with Sa’o on Monday night, where he extended the offer and officially invited him for a visit this weekend to the Commodores campus.

 

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Sa’o will indeed make his way out South for an official visit this weekend with Vanderbilt. The Commodores have now placed themselves as a strong contender to land him but they will have to fight off a certain Pac 12 school.

Arizona offered Sa’o a scholarship on Monday as well but it was a blueshirt offer. The Wildcats are quite interested in Sa’o but as of now, they don’t have the space to add him to the class. The 6’1 270-pound defensive tackle is intrigued by the Wildcats though as he has visited them multiple times and already has a comfortable feel with his surroundings in Tucson.

The appeal of playing in the Southeastern Conference and attaining a stellar education from Vanderbilt University is something Sa’o is very excited about. He is looking forward to visiting Vanderbilt this weekend and gaining a better opinion of what the Commodores have to offer.

One small factor that could help the Commodores efforts is the fact that Sa’o is very good friends with current Vandy commit, Sean Auwae.

Auwae and Sa’o have competed against each other for several years now in the camp circuit and have remained friends throughout the process.


Sa’o is an under the radar type talent that could pay dividends in the long run. He is a highly active and physical interior lineman that not only has the work ethic on the field but is also a strong student in the classroom. It would not be surprising if Sa’o left Nashville this weekend as a Commodore commitment.


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