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Viliamu Kuaea is a 6-3, 315-pound lineman from Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes, and as expected the Lancers are racing through the Class 3A playoffs like Sylvester Stallone in 'Driven'. 'Big V' is doing his part to make sure Lakes upholds their proud football tradition, and he's also doing his part off the field to make sure he can make the most of his potential opportunities at the next level.

"We're 11-0, in the playoffs and taking one game at a time," Vili told Dawgman.com. "Just hungry for that championship. I think I've had a real good season for my senior year. I'm playing both ways. Defense-wise, getting in there, putting pressure on the quarterback and getting some tackles. Offense-wise, just getting off the ball quick, sticking my blocks and making big plays, blocking for Akeem Anthony." The Lancers play Tumwater this weekend.

Recruiting attention is still coming strong and steady from the local college. "The most is U-Dub," he said when asked about recruiting attention. "They are still contacting me a lot. Oregon State, Nevada and UCLA too. I'm planning visits after my senior season. To Oregon State, Nevada and up to U-Dub."

UW Coach Randy Hart is recruiting Kuaea for the Huskies, as he did for Vili's older brother Kose, who is greyshirting right now and will be enrolling at Nevada this January. "When he's on the phone you can tell who it is right away," Vili said of Hart. "He just talks about my season, how I'm doing right now, am I still being a leader and keeping my grades up. He gets me fired up. It's cool to hear from him."

And academics remain the priority for Viliamu. "I'm staying on top of my stuff," he said. "Report cards are coming out this week."

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