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USC Football Recruiting: Vatuvei Spurns USC, Signs With Huskies

Pio Vatuvei, longtime USC commit, decommitted this morning from the Trojans and will sign with the Washington Huskies.

Vatuvei, the No. 145 overall player and No. 11 defensive end on Rivals.com, made noise when he competed well against elite players last year at The Opening, a training camp held at Oregon. His performance led to an USC offer.

Vatuvei committed to the Trojans on Aug. 1, but said he would use his official visits. He visited Cal on Jan. 14 and enjoyed his visit and would consider the Bears.

After Lupoi’s departure to the Huskies, Vatuvei set his sights at USC. However, his relationship with Lupoi remained strong, which was evidenced in the signing.

Washington receives a 6-2, 265 prospect that can play both defensive line positions. The product of Patterson High School in Patterson, Calif. hopes to play at the end spot.

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