Recruiting: Pio Vatuvei Commits
Patterson’s Pio Vatuvei pledged a commitment to Lane Kiffin and the Trojans on Monday, increasing the current class size to ten. The 6’2, 235 pound defensive end echoed the same sentiment as others before him, stating that the opportunity to play football at USC is fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Vatuvei is a two-way player, doubling as both defensive end and running back. Through performances in various camps, offers were received from several Pac 12 foes, including cross town rival UCLA. But the most recent offer trumped all others, and a decision was made without delay.
“…after the camp, I knew I could get an offer from them,” said Vatuvei. “I talked about it with my mom and dad. If USC commits to an offer, am I ready to commit to that offer? I always said that I would commit on the spot and that’s what I did.”
After landing a 2011 class heavy in offensive firepower, Pio Vatuvei becomes only the fourth defensive commit to a future class now limited to 15 total scholarships. And though the soon to be high school senior claims to be 150-percent committed to the Trojans, he has also left the door open, and will visit other schools in the near future.