Soma Vainuku from Eureka, Calif. was scheduled to take an official visit to Oregon State this weekend, but a visit from USC coach Rocky Seto changed those plans. Vainuku now has plans to visit USC.
“It made a big difference when (Rocky) Seto came up here,” said Mrs. Vainuku. “When Seto came up here last week it was good, because USC was Soma’s first choice. It sounds like things are getting excited again, so Soma’s changed his mind and he’s going to visit USC this weekend. I talked to Seto yesterday and he said USC offered Soma a scholarship.”
Like most prospects who were either committed or had high interest in the Trojans, Vainuku was crushed by the news of Pete Carroll leaving USC for the NFL.
“We were in shock and even Soma said he wasn‘t going to USC,” said Mrs. Vainuku about their reaction to the news Pete Carroll was leaving USC. “He didn’t want to go to USC with Pete gone.”
A lot has changed in a short period of time with Vainuku’s recruitment and he has an opportunity to live out a lifelong dream.
“Soma loves that school and our whole family loves that school,“ his mother said. “Before Rey (Maualuga) went to USC, Soma was a little boy and he dreamed about going to USC. He and his elementary school teacher still remember Soma talking about dreaming about wanting to go there. Isn‘t that something?”
Vainuku is 6-1 and 255 pound linebacker and fullback for Eureka High and it hasn’t been determined which side of the ball he’ll play on if he chooses USC.
“Seto was talking about Soma playing on both sides of the field,” said Mrs. Vainuku. “He could play fullback and linebacker. Seto asked what position he preferred and he said it didn’t matter. Whatever position they put him at, he just wants to win a championship.”
We’ll have more from Soma Vainuku this week and after his official visit to USC.