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Rising OL’s unofficial visit to WSU in a few weeks will be key

JOHN VAKA loves the game of football but without 4-year schools reciprocating the interest, he was thinking it might be time to hang up the cleats. Then he moved to offensive line. The 6-4, 270-pound Vaka out of Diablo Valley junior college has since landed offers from Washington State, BYU, Colorado and others. He trips to WSU in a few weeks on an unofficial visit.

With Vaka (6-4, 270) hoping to make his college decision before the season, the unofficial to WSU figures to go a long ways towards deciding whether he’ll go crimson. Vaka plans to be in Pullman the first week of June.

WSU assistant coach Jim Mastro is running the recruiting point.

“I have a big interest in Washington State, they really have me interested and fired up about that program,” said Vaka.  “They run almost the same offense we run at DVC and it’s a lot of smash mouth football.”

Vaka holds offers from WSU, BYU, Colorado, Iowa State and others.

Oregon has been in recent contact and showing increasing interest but has yet to offer.  BYU is strongly in the running, Vaka said, because of his Mormon faith.

“Washington State likes the way I can run, especially for a big guy. They like athletic o-tackle types who can protect the pocket as well as run and create holes down the field for the guys with the ball,” said Vaka.

Vaka, who has a background in rugby, has 3-to-play-2 and is on pace to become a mid-year transfer. 

He came out of Skyline High in Oakland without any offers and first played on the d-line at Diablo Valley before switching to the offensive line.

“Right after high school I went on my Mormon mission… and then I started last year at DVC playing on the d-line but had to make a switch with some of our o-linemen injured. I was actually thinking about quitting football and focusing on school when all these coaches starting hitting me up,” said Vaka.

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