USC DL recruit checks out Cal 

December, 12, 2011
Defensive lineman Pio Vatuvei (Patterson, Calif.) committed last summer to USC but visited Cal officially over the weekend. And the Bears sound like they have as good a shot as anyone right now.

“Cal was a great visit, I had an incredible time,” Vatuvei said. “Vei Moala was my host, but I hung out with the whole team and all the other recruits that were there. It was a huge group, and the one thing I felt more than anything was the sense of family, and that’s most important to me. When anyone asks me what I’m looking for in a school, No. 1 thing is family, and Cal has that.

“The coaches like me as a defensive end in their 3-4 scheme but would move me all over to take advantage of mismatches. Tosh Lupoi is obviously a great coach and a great guy, and he has been recruiting me hard for a long time. I camped with Cal in the summer, and that’s when I was offered. I had already seen the campus, and the new facilities are really coming along, but this visit was really about meeting the players, and that was a lot of fun.”