Mililani running back Vavae Malepeai left for an unofficial football visit to Oregon on Wednesday night.
The Ducks are at the top of his pecking order — out of the 18 FBS Division I schools that have offered him scholarships — and he told OregonLive.com earlier this week that he’s 50-50 on giving his oral commitment there.
Those coin-flip odds are just that. He has three other schools he’s interested in, according to his mom, Tali Malepeai, who spoke with the Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World on Thursday. After Oregon, in order, his next choices are Washington, Stanford and USC.
Malepeai, according to his mom, will be attending at USC camp on June 24 and 25.
“A USC assistant saw Vavae at the Maximum Exposure Camp (at the University of Hawaii last week). They had seen him before without pads. This time was with pads and the assistant said they were even more impressed this time,” Tali Malepeai said.
Three of Vavae’s uncles — nose guard Silila Malepeai, offensive lineman Tasi Malepeai and running back Pulou Malepeai — played for Oregon on its 1995 Rose Bowl team.
Vavae Malepeai was also recently invited to play the Semper-Fidelis All-American Bowl in Santa Ana, Calif., on Jan. 16, 2016.
Previously, Malepeai was invited to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in December in Arlington, Texas.