Scouting Report: Vita Vea, DT, Washington

Milpitas, CA | 6042 | 344 | 5.28E | 2019

A mammoth-sized space eater who is often hit with double and triple teams on every snap. He can line up at any position in any scheme on the interior of the defensive line. His power and brute strength at the point of attack make him a challenge for any offensive lineman. His ability to split bodies and get into the backfield make him a rare breed—very few men of his size can move like that; his weight has fluctuated between 330-350 pounds. At that size, he has been timed in the 4.8-range, making his combination of strength and quickness hard to stop; he collected six and a half tackles for loss, including five sacks in 2016. Would like to see him do a better job of keeping his head up and paying attention as the play develops while engaged with blockers. Was voted second-team All-Pac-12 by league coaches, and was also named Pac-12 All-Academic second team. He majors in Anthropology and carries a 3.10 grade-point average. You can state a case that he holds underrated value for his ability to allow his linebackers to make plays. Some talent evaluators consider him to be a higher graded prospect than Danny Shelton coming out of Washington who went number twelve overall to the Browns.

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2016: Played in all 14 games, starting five … made three tackles, including a nine-yard sack, in the win over Rutgers … terrific game against Idaho, with three tackles, including one-and-a-half sacks.

2015: Played in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman.

2014: A 2013 graduate of Milpitas, delayed college enrollment until fall of 2014 and entered as a true freshman … joined the UW team in time for the start of the 2014 fall practice season … redshirted true freshman season at the UW.

High School: Spent four seasons on the varsity as a running back and defensive lineman … totaled 296 tackles and 19 sacks during his prep career … named to the MaxPreps.com All-NorCal first team and its Division II all-state first team as a senior in 2012, when he notched 89 tackles and eight sacks while rushing for 578 yards and 11 touchdowns … also made first-team All-Metro from the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News … was the De Anza League defensive MVP and the Mercury News’ area defensive player of the year … led the Trojans to a 9-4 record and the championship game of the CIF Central Coast Section Division I playoffs … made Mercury News all-area first-team and honorable mention All-Metro from the Chronicle as a junior in 2011 … also the De Anza League Co-Outstanding Lineman that year … Milpitas went 8-4 and went to the playoff semifinals as a junior … honorable mention All-Metro as a sophomore … helped team to an 11-2 record as a freshman … also played varsity basketball … played football for coach Kelly King.