Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher is a household name in college football. Wherever he goes, success follows, especially on the recruiting trail. He’s definitely not afraid to leave the Lone Star State to find his next star players, either, and he landed another big-time prospect from Westlake Village, California.
Defensive tackle Victory Vaka, a former four-star prospect from Westlake High School, committed to Texas A&M in May 2020. The 2021 standout was the sixth member of the Aggies’ upcoming football recruiting class and brings the size, strength, and talent to be a force for years to come.
TAMU had some heavy competition for the high school football star, including in the SEC, but he’s headed from Los Angeles to College Station after next season and announced it on social media.
DT Victory Vaka Commits to Texas A&M
Victory Vaka’s offer list is impressive. According to 247Sports, Michigan, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Tennessee, Utah, Vanderbilt, and Washington State were all after him.
At the end of the day, though, it was the Aggies who won the defensive lineman over.
“First of all, just wanted to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for the countless blessings He has bestowed upon me. Secondly, I want to thank the coaches who have recruited me throughout this entire process in allowing me an opportunity to go to such great schools and play for such great programs. Third of all, I want to thank any family, friends, teachers, administrators, and teammates who have been apart of my life and have impacted me in any way. Last but never the least, I want to thank my mom for being my backbone throughout my entire life and making the necessary sacrifices in order for her children to live a better life than she did.Advertisement
“With that being said, I would like to announce for the next 3-4 years, I will be attending… Texas A&M University.”
Vaka, a former four-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite, had official visits to Michigan, Oregon, and Texas A&M planned this fall before the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak, but there’s no doubt the Aggies were the NCAA football team to beat for the defensive line star until December’s Early Signing Period.
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247Sports’ Brandon Huffman projects Victory Vaka as a “multi-year Power 5 starter” and understandably so. At 6-foot-2 and 350 pounds, the linemen already has the size to compete at the next level against Alabama and Georgia, and possibly in the NFL down the road.
In July 2020, Vaka announced he would skip his senior season and enroll early at Texas A&M, according to ESPN.
This post was originally published on May 6, 2020.
Victory Vaka Decommits From TAMU
UPDATE (December 1, 2020): Vaka announced on Twitter he would be decommitting from the Texas A&M Aggies. Despite TAMU being a top-10 team in college football, the 350-pound defensive lineman apparently isn’t interested in taking his talents to College Station.
“After talking with my family and coaches, it is best that I decommit from Texas A&M. I will be pursuing my dreams somewhere else. Thank you to coach Robinson and coach Fisher for an awesome opportunity. God bless,” he wrote on social media.
Vaka still holds offers from teams across the country such as Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Oregon and Tennessee. He’s since written on Twitter that he prefers a program where he can play as a true freshman.