Vatuvei talks about joining UW's 2012 class

It was a late night for the Husky coaching staff on the eve of Signing Day, but it was well worth it as Patterson (Ca.) DL Pio Vatuvei made the call around midnight to make his commitment to the University of Washington...

"Yeah, it was a late call for sure," a relieved Vatuvei told "I was really excited that I had made my decision and I couldn't wait to call the coaches."

Vatuvei said his first call was to new Husky defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi.

"I called coach Lupe and told him and he was stoked," Vatuvei said. "The fact that I had a great relationship with him before even my junior year and then now he's up there, it's perfect.

"I also had a great relationship with the rest of the Husky coaches. With all of that and then I loved the school, I just weighed the pluses and minuses of both schools (Washington and USC) and decided that Washington was the place I wanted to be and the place that was the best fit for me."

Vatuvei also noted the gameday experience at Washington, the fact that the facilities refurb is underway and the direction of the program as reasons why Washington is where he will play his college football.

"They have it all honestly," Vatuvei said. "They are in a great city, it's got a great Poly community up there and I felt like I had a chance to play early up there."

Vatuvei said now that the recruiting process has been completed, he feels a lot of pressure has been taken off of his shoulders.

"People don't understand how hard this was," Vatuvei said. "It's the biggest decision of my life so far and I didn't want to make a mistake, but it was two great schools that I was choosing between so I mean, making the decision was tough and I felt a lot of pressure.

"There was pressure from my friends, from the coaches, from some of the media, I mean, eventually it was a lot to have to sort through and I am glad I have it done and now I'm just excited to be a Dawg."

Vatuvei said he is up to 278 pounds and has been told by the Husky coaches that he will be put at end and at tackle depending on the defensive call.

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