March 30, 2011
Vaitai waiting patiently
Haltom City (Texas) offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai completed a trio of unofficial visits around the State of Texas and there was some though that he may be closing in on a decision. His head coach Scot Hafley, however, indicates that a decision likely won't come any time soon.
"He's visited all three schools that he planned to visit and I've sat down with V since then. There is not any pending decision and they're not really close to making a decision. It's really wide open," Hafley said. "I will say that V thoroughly enjoyed Texas Tech, Baylor, and TCU. IF you asked him to rank them it really just depends on what day of the week it is as to which team is his favorite is. He really liked the schools, the coaching staffs, and their facilities."
Vaitai is currently enrolled in a few ACT and SAT prep classes in anticipation of taking those exams, and Hafley expects to see more visits being scheduled as the fall gets closer.
"He's going to want to take a couple of official visits in the fall. Utah has gotten in the mix along with a couple of other Pac-12 schools," he said. "The family has been on all three trips in Texas. They've feel like they've seen what the two Big 12 schools and TCU have to offer. They're not going to take many other trips out of state because it's tough to do financially. So they're going to hang around until the fall until taking some other trips. I wouldn't be surprised if he officially visited all three of those schools again in the fall along with one or two others before he makes a decision."
So where does Coach Hafley expect to see the 6-foot-6, 256-pounder land?
"I don't think he's going to leave the state, but I can't say for sure one way or another. I know family is really important to them and his parents want to be able to see their son play football," Hafley said. "But he's going to take a look around and see what's out there. He's a great player who is getting better everyday and he's going to take his time to make sure he makes the right decision when he does make it. He doesn't want to commit early and then have doubts about it."
Vaitai currently holds offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Houston, Kansas State, Missouri, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Utah.
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