October 12, 2010
Sooners Looking to Make a Move in Ft. Worth
Since the days, and successes, of C.J. Ah You Oklahoma has attempted to recruit top players with South Pacific lineage but have found very little success in that time. A player the Sooner coaches hope can change that trend is Haltom City (Texas) Haltom offensive tackle Halapoulaati Vaitai.
Last summer the 6-foot-5, 255-pound pass-blocking specialist showed up in Norman to take part in the Sooners annual early June summer camp and did nothing but impress all onlookers with his tremendous length and surprising strength.
The Sooners have stayed in touch with him since and invited he and his brothers to attend the Red River Rivalry at the nearby Cotton Bowl.
"Man it was a great experience to see Oklahoma and Texas play, I liked watching OU, because it was just fun," Vaitai said.
While it would seem the Sooners are making it clear where they stand with the big man Vaitai says the coaches are continuing to evaluate him along with Texas Tech, Baylor, and several other mailing schools. Vaitai gave his thoughts on just what coaches might be most pleased with when seeing him, and what they may feel he needs to work on.
"I would say (Oklahoma) is interested in me, I've just got to keep working on speed and strength," he said. "I've got to improve on my speed and trying to get out onto the linebackers."
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