Vainuku will be in Seattle this week

Eureka (Ca.) ATH Soma Vainuku is a 250-pound bruiser who could play on either side of the ball. caught up with the talented football two-way player recently and he updated us on things including his plans this week to take in a couple days of Washington's fall camp.

"Things have been going good," Vainuku reported to Dawgman on Sunday. "I'm actually going up to Seattle on Wednesday and I'll be up there for a few of Washington's practices so I can see how things run up there.

"I have my own football camp that begins on the 17th, so this was my chance to get up there and see the coaches and the players in action."

Helping matters for Vainuku is the fact that he has family in the Seattle-area who he will be staying with.

"That makes it easier because I don't have to get a hotel room and my parents don't have to come up with me," Vainuku said. "I'll meet with the coaches, talk to some of the players and see what the program and the school are all about."

Washington, Oregon State, San Diego State, Arizona State and Hawaii make up Vainuku's top five, but it sounds like Washington and Oregon State have separated themselves from the pack.

"Both of the coaching staffs there are real good," Vainuku said. "Both have told me they will put me where I fit best and where they need me the most.

"I could play linebacker or fullback for either of them and that's fine with me. I just want the chance to play some ball."

Washington offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is the assistant recruiting Vainuku and he said the two have formed a nice bond.

"Coach Nuss and I talk a lot," Vainuku said. "He and coach (Steve) Sarkisian both have a lot of knowledge about things and what I need to do both on the field and in the classroom to qualify so they've helped me out a lot.

"I'm really looking forward to getting up there and seeing what they are all about. I'm just taking my time and I'm going to set up my official visit while I'm up there so I should know when that will happen when I leave."

We'll have more from Vainuku after his visit to the Northwest.

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