Vatuvei got his first look at one of his top three schools this past weekend. He took his first official visit of the three schools to Fresno State.
"It was a good trip, actually," Vatuvei said. "Being around the coaching staff and the players was great. They treated us really well. Fresno State, they're building a winning program over there with just the two years coach DeRuyter has been there. It's a team on the rise."
He may take one more official visit this upcoming weekend.
"I'm thinking about probably taking one to Texas State or Illinois," Vatuvei said.
Vatuvei will likely decide between Fresno State and one of Texas State or Illinois if he does schedule a visit for this weekend. Vatuvei says being around the players and the getting a feel for the atmosphere is a must before he decides.
"I've got to be around the players because the players are the ones that really sell the program the most," Vatuvei said. "I really want to hear from the players more than the coaches because they're the ones that experience it and are in your shoes."
Vatuvei plans to decide after this weekend, likely on signing day.
"I'm just going to talk it over with my family, pray on it, and see where I go from there," Vatuvei said. "I'm not trying to rush to any decision. When I make my decision… I want to know that that's the place that I want to go."
Vatuvei played in nine games as a freshman at Washington before being dismissed from the team. He credits his technique, hands and quickness as to how he was able to contribute at the Pac-12 level. Vatuvei played the 2013 season at College of San Mateo where he played defensive end in a 3-4 multiple scheme, similar to what he would play at Fresno State if he does decide to be a Bulldog.
"This year has been good," Vatuvei said. "We had a great season team-wise, individual-wise… Also, I'm thankful for Fresno State for giving me an opportunity for me to come up there and show them what I've got."
Vatuvei will have three years to play two.
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