Impact Report: Vita Vea

Last week, it became known that Milpitas (Ca.) DT Vita Vea, a 6'5", 330-pounder, was hoping to add his name to the Husky roster once fall camp got underway. On Sunday, we found out that indeed he will be part of the team that takes the field today (he will work with the newcomers at 4:00 pm) and when he does, he will immediately become one of the largest individuals on the field...

His journey to become a Dawg - As a senior at Milpitas in 2012/2013, Vea totaled 89 tackles, eight sacks, one interception, two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal. He was nearly 6'5" and he tipped the scales at a relatively svelte 285 pounds. Schools from all over were after him and he had offers from Arizona State, Arizona, California, Washington State and Utah. Washington wanted to offer him, but, according to those who have followed him closely his academics were "an absolute mess".

Former Husky defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi, thought so much of him and his abilities that, even though the Huskies didn't offer him, he laid out a plan for Vea to get to Washington after "greyshirting" the 2013 season.

Vea, in his words, "fell in love with UW" when he visited Seattle last season and knew all along he wanted to be a Husky, but he didn't know what his future would look like with Lupoi leaving and a new staff coming in.

After talking to the Husky staff, especially area-recruiter Chris Strausser, defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski and defensive line coach Jeff Choate, Vea began the process of submitting all of his transcripts and everything he needed to get into Washington and this past week he found out he was admitted and will be taking part in fall camp as a scholarship player.


Impact on the depth chart - At 330 pounds, Vea probably needs to shed some excess weight and work on his cardio, so his impact in 2014 will likely be minimal, but we have been told that most people who have watched him and scouted him that he is an NFL-type player with nearly unlimited potential.

Expect him to redshirt this fall and then work his way into the rotation inside at defensive tackle (three-technique) or, if he can still move well, he could wind up as a five-technique (head up on the tackle) when Washington goes to an odd front.

He would then be battling players like Kaleb McGary or Will Dissly who are incoming freshman as well.


The future - Depending on where he winds up, Vea could impact who Washington goes after in the next class or two.

One possible addition in the 2015 class is one of Vea's former teammates, Jason Scrempos, who is long and athletic (6'6", 260).

Brighton (Salt Lake City, Ut.) DE Mufi Hunt also fits the mold although he's much more slight than Scrempos (6'6", 220).

Out on the Islands, Punahou (Honolulu, Hi.) DE Canton Kaumatule is the prize of a solid group, but there is plenty of competition for his services and it's still not clear where the Huskies currently stand with him although many think they have a decent shot at getting an official visit out of him.


Final thoughts - Vea's impact could wind up being huge for the Huskies if he can stay focused and eligible.

With his size, athleticism and natural, God-given abilities, Vea has the potential to be a dominant force along the defensive line for the next four years.

He needs to lose some weight, make sure he's in good standing academically and then, as Maximus said in "Gladiator", "on my signal, unleash hell" on Husky opponents. If he does all of that, Washington fans will be very happy with this late addition to the 2014 recruiting class.


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