2019 OL Vimahi Stops By UCLA
Enokk Vimahi likes to give a lot of credit to his older brother, Aliki, for the recruiting attention he has received through the first two years of high school.
Part of that is true, of course, given that recruiters became aware of the younger brother while scouting the older one. Yet, the class of 2019 offensive tackle prospect from Kahuku, Hawaii, has shown tremendous potential in camps and on film, and all the early attention is certainly warranted.
"It's very nice to know that college coaches are considering my talent and ability at such an early stage," Enokk Vimahi told Scout.com. "The coaches have told me that I've got a lot of upside and it's only going to get better from here.
"I give (Aliki) a lot of credit for some of the spotlight. It's because of him that some coaches have reached out to me."
Aliki, a three-star defensive end in the 2017 class, signed with Utah in February and the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Enokk said he has wondered what it would be like to follow his brother to Salt Lake City.
"If I get a chance to play at Utah with him, I think it would be a great way for us to continue the competition," Vimahi said. "It would help both of us to get better and grow. We already have that close connection. They came out to Hawaii earlier in the spring evaluation period and I've heard they like my tape. They're going to be keeping in touch."
Vimahi holds seven offers early on, with several others such as Arkansas, Boise State, Notre Dame, Oregon State and UCLA expressing interest.
USC has already offered and is considered a heavy player for Vimahi given that he's already been to the campus and seen things up close.
"I took a visit out there earlier this year and I really got a chance to connect with coach Clay (Helton), coach Johnny (Nansen) and the position coaches there," Vimahi said. "I felt really comfortable there. My tour guide was actually a finance major and that's what I want to major in. It seemed like a really compact campus where everything is within walking or biking distance. That really stood out to me. And, obviously, they're an elite football school, so that's big.
"Just talking to some of the other boys like Faatui Tuitele here in Hawaii, it's a big program. He also holds the offer and we're keeping in touch about it with some of the other players. It makes me comfortable that people from Hawaii could make a name for themselves at USC."
Vimahi was back in Los Angeles last month and was able to swing through UCLA to see a practice. Both he and his brother camped with the Bruins last summer.
"The UCLA offer would be really big," Vimahi said. "I have a lot of family in the L.A. area, and whenever I visit they stress that those two schools would be great. They really want to support us at either of those two schools. We know UCLA is a great school also known to have a good football program with a brand-new new facility that we saw on the tour. I've heard they'll be flying out here to see us in the near future."
Vimahi is currently healing from a shoulder injury suffered in practice and said he is still deciding whether to take more visits this summer.
"I haven't given it much thought, but I don't plan (to decide) any time soon," Vimahi said.