DT Victory Vaka Earns FSU Offer: “This is really big for me”

Florida State extended an offer Tuesday to one of the nation’s best players at a position of need. California – Westlake defensive tackle Victory Vaka was officially offered by Mike Norvell, entering the race for the 11th rated defensive tackle in the nation. We caught up with the 4-star to talk about what the Seminole offer means to his recruitment.

At 6’4” 315 pounds Victory Vaka is a big-bodied tackle that does a great job plugging up running lanes and shows great feet for a player his size. Sitting at 17 offers Vaka is genuinely surprised he’s being given the opportunities he’s been given from colleges so far. 

“Recruiting has been going good and I can’t complain right now,” Vaka said. “Things are really picking up. To be honest I didn’t envision all of this. I thought I’d get some schools out here to offer but I didn’t know I’d get all of this.”

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Tuesday was a big day for Victory as he gained an offer from Florida State. Victory says that he’s been talking to Coach Norvell for a few weeks now and that today they pulled the trigger on the offer.

“I was talking to Coach Norvell last night and I told him I had a history presentation today, he told me to call him at lunch so I did,” Vaka said. “I texted him during my lunch that I was ready and he sent me a link to FaceTime with him. When the call came up Coach Norvell was there with all of the defensive coaches other than Coach Odell. They each introduced themselves and we all talked for 30 minutes. After Norvell talked he told me at the end that I had an offer from them. This is really big for me in my (recruiting) process.”

“We’ve been talking for a few weeks now,” Vaka continued. “They said they really like my film, and from talking to my teachers, counselors and custodians at my school he feels that I am a good kid and a good football player. They want big, quick defensive linemen and I fit that mold. They think I am someone that can help make FSU great again. What’s funny is that I have watched Marvin Wilson the whole time he’s been at FSU. I like how he plays. They think I could come in and fill his spot after he leaves for the NFL next year.”

When asked what about FSU interests him Vaka didn’t hesitate to answer.

“Coach Odell and Coach Norvell,” Vaka said. “I really like Coach Odell. He is a great man and a great coach. I just feel that he is the coach that can make me a great man and make me the best player I can be.”

Getting a chance to play at a school that is known for producing defensive linemen is important to Victory. He says that he’s dreamed of playing for those schools, and now he has that chance. His versatility is what gives him a chance to be the next guy in line at one of these programs.

“I can play anywhere on the defensive line,” Vaka said, “from nose, to 1-technique and 3-technique. I am more of a run stuffer. I use my power and my size and I have great feet. I have good leverage and good pad level. Whatever coach wants me to do I can do it.”

Vaka says that right now the schools that are recruiting him the hardest are Oregon, Texas A&M, Michigan, Utah, Florida and FSU and he says that these are his top schools at the moment due to contact and relationships being built. Getting out and visiting schools in the spring is a primary goal as Victory intends on being an early enrollee.

“My mom and I want to get out and make some visits this spring, we are planning early spring,” Vaka said. “FSU will most likely get a visit this spring, I need to visit them as soon as possible.”

“I plan on enrolling early,” Vaka said. “My counselor actually brought it up to me. She said that I am 10-20 credits ahead already and asked if I wanted to go to college early, so I will be doing so. I pushed back my decision date. I was going to decide on June 28th because it was my brother’s birthday but now there are some schools coming in that I have a lot of interest in. My family and I talked about it and decided that its best I wait. I’ll take all 5 of my visits and probably sign in December.”

Vaka says distance is not a factor in his recruitment and that he has four things he’s looking for.

“Being in California, distance is not a factor for me,” Vaka said. “I want to go somewhere I am needed and where I can be developed. Great relationships with the coaches, early playing time, having my major (Kinesiology) and a great culture is what I will be looking for.”

FSU has thrown their hat in the game with Victory and it looks like they will play a big factor in his recruitment. Stay tuned as we track his visits and upcoming senior season. 

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