Co-MVP who likes to play ‘ugly' trips to WSU

HE'S QUIETLY PICKED up a Cougar offer plus others, and is in Pullman this weekend on an official visit. The co-MVP of his league, he racked up 81 tackles in 2009 though his versatility and athleticism are such he could probably line up on either side of the ball at the next level. But he doesn't have a preference on position, just as long as he gets to hit someone and look "ugly" doing it.

Vince Buhagiar (6-3, 230, 4.79) out of Concord Calif., about 20 minutes outside of Oakland, is trying to decide if for college he wants to move up the West Coast or stick close to home. He has two brothers that go to San Jose State, one of the schools that has offered him, and it's only about an hour from home.

"The thing about WSU and San Jose State is they're polar opposites," said Buhagiar. "I like the fact WSU is in a college town and it's far away from home, as opposed to a commuter school an hour away from home. But I like both aspects of both schools. I wouldn't mind being far away and I wouldn't mind being right next to home. I've also heard Wazzu is a really a tight school as far school pride goes."

Washington State has been talking to him mostly about defensive end or linebacker, SJSU likes him at h-back. He said he doesn't hold a position preference, nor whether he plays on defense or offense.

"No, just as long as I get to hit people," said Buhagiar. "Right now I'm not completely sure where it would be (position-wise) at Washington State, I'll probably find out more this weekend."

BUHUGIAR WAS NAMED the co-MVP of the Diablo Valley Athletic League this past season. He racked up 81 tackles to help the Ugly Eagles reach the North Coast Section Division II quarterfinals. The Contra Coast Times calls him "a fierce competitor."

Most refer to his high school team as the Clayton Valley Eagles but Buhagiar doesn't subscribe to that appellation.

"Make sure you put in there that we are the Clayton Valley Ugly Eagles. People just put "Eagles" but our adopted nickname is Ugly Eagles -- we have "Ugly" on the side of our helmets, we have it on our jerseys. We're the Ugly Eagles," said Buhagiar.

Spoken like a true defenseman.

THE COUGS HAVE already been by for a pair of in-homes since the visitation period began in December, once with area recruiter Chris Ball and the other with Ball and WSU head man Paul Wulff.

"I really like coach Ball, he's a really good guy, straight forward and really easy to talk to. Coach Wulff, I was a little intimidated meeting him, my first head coach you know, but once I met him he was really easy to talk to, and he was funny," said Buhagiar.

BUHUGIAR TOOK HIS official visit to SJSU last weekend.

"It went really well, I loved it there...I just took my visit to San Jose so I think I'm a little more excited about them right now but I'm sure I'm going to feel the exact same way about WSU after I get back from my trip from Wazzu," he said.

He plans on taking a couple weeks after his official to Washington State before making a decision, saying he's likely to make the call at the end of his month, a few days before Signing Day.

  • Buhagiar also excels in the classroom and easily achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

  • The video below if from Buhagiar's junior year.

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