The decision process is all set for Episcopal (Va.) four-star defensive end Luiji Vilain.
This week, Vilain will finish up his final exams. He’ll then travel home to Ottawa, Ontario, where he’ll talk things over with his family. And on June 12, at a barbecue at his high school coach’s house, Vilain will announce a decision.
Just a few weeks ago, Vilain revealed a top three of Virginia Tech, Michigan and USC. But the hard part is already over. Vilain said he has no decision-making left.
“I already know where I’m going to school,” he said. “I’m just waiting to go home, so I can do it with my family. I’ve known for about two weeks. It’s basically my relationship with the coaches, how I would fit in with the school and the team.”
For the past year, Vilain has played with his best friend, four-star safety Jonathan Sutherland, at Episcopal. Though some have assumed they could be a package deal to a school, Vilain said that’s not the case.
“We don’t talk about it at all, to be honest,” he said. “I let him do his own thing. He lets me do my own thing. It would be cool, though.”
Vilain broke down each of his three finalists alphabetically and what stands out about them:
Michigan: “I really like the coaching staff. I like what they’re doing with that team, with coach (Jim) Harbaugh and all that.”
USC: “I got a chance to visit over spring break. I sat down with Coach (Kenechi) Udeze, the D-line coach. He’s a really good guy and I liked talking to him. I just liked the overall vibe I got from USC.”
Virginia Tech: “That coaching staff, I’ve been in contact with them for a while. I’ve developed a strong relationship with them. I like what they’re doing over there with Coach (Justin) Fuente. He’s brought excitement to the team.”
Vilain said Harbaugh and Fuente have also been the only head coaches as his primary recruiters. He plans to announce his decision on social media June 12 shortly after announcing to friends and family.