Victory Vaka is a 2021 defensive lineman out of California. Listed at 6'2 250 lbs., Vaka received offers from the likes of Texas A&M, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and Penn State among others during his recruitment process. BYU was one of the first teams to offer Vaka back in 2019:
In May of 2020, Vaka committed to Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M. Vaka was unable to play his senior season last Fall due to COVID-19 restrictions in California, and in November of last year, Vaka decommitted from Texas A&M. A few weeks later, Vaka announced a new top six that included BYU, Colorado, Florida State, Michigan, Penn State, and Vanderbilt. On Christmas, he committed to Colorado.
Vaka decommitted from Colorado in January and he declined to sign on the traditional signing day in February. Vaka, who recently graduated from high school, still has a college decision ahead of him. I recently caught up with Vaka to get an update on his recruitment.
Vaka tells me that he still hears from BYU. "I talk to them every other day," Vaka said. Ilaisa Tuiaki, Jasen Ah You, Jack Damuni, and Jernaro Gilford are his recruiting contacts at BYU. Other schools that are contacting Vaka include San Diego State, Purdue, and North Carolina.
Vaka tells me that he could enroll at his school of choice next month if he makes his college decision soon. For now, he plans to enroll in the Summer.
Vaka is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which gives him an obvious connection to BYU. If you have been following our coverage of the 2021 signing class, you will know that BYU has very limited scholarships available for next season.
You can check out Vaka's junior film below:
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