Saturday, August 4, 2012
Soma Vainuku USC Football
Height / Weight:
6-0 / 250
2012: Vainuku will compete for the starting fullback job as a redshirt freshman in 2012.
2011: Vainuku, who enrolled at USC in the spring of 2011 after graduating a semester early from high school, redshirted as a freshman fullback in 2011, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: He originally signed with USC in February of 2010, but did not qualify for admission, so he returned to Eureka (Calif.) High but did not play football in 2010.
His 2009 honors included Super Prep All-Farwest, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team and All-Humboldt-Del Norte Big Four League first team as a senior linebacker and fullback at Eureka. He had 2,202 yards on 252 carries (8.7 avg.) with 38 TDs on offense and 14 tackles, 1 interception and 1 forced fumbled on defense in 2009. Eureka won the 2009 CIF North Coast Division II title.
As a junior in 2008, he had 800 rushing yards with 14 TDs on offense and 34 tackles, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble on defense.
As a sophomore in 2007, he had 1,500 rushing yards with 27 TDs.
PERSONAL: His father was a rugby star in Tonga. His cousin is former USC All-American (2005-08) and current Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga.