May 30, 2007

Vakalahi names a leader

Phoenix Community College strong-side linebacker Aki Vakalahi was an "unknown star" growing up on Maui, but his recruitment has taken a turn for the better since joining Dale Wolfley's club last August.

A native Hawaiian, Aki and cousin Tevita Finau, a defensive end, slugged it out through the late summer in the desert and gray-shirted their true freshmen season under the eye of Wolfley, a former Mountaineer team captain.

Everything changed this spring. First West Virginia head football Rich Rodriguez came to visit Wolfley in the early part of the just-ending open evaluation period. Then, last Monday, defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel came by.

Finau, a 6-foot-5, 275 pounder with 4.8 speed, received a WVU offer.

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