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Two stand out for Vatuvei

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Cal and USC have emerged as the two favorites for Pio Vatuvei, a 6-foot-2, 265-pound defensive lineman from Patterson, Calif., who shined last week at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore.
The Golden Bears have offered so they're currently considered the favorite and Vatuvei said he should learn from USC in the next month whether it will offer. If the Trojans get involved it will be a two-team battle that's worth watching.
Both Pac-12 programs are very involved in his recruitment.
"I'm pretty much open right now but Cal could be (the top school) but I'm looking at USC too," Vatuvei said. "I'm going to hear if I'm going to get an offer from them in August. If USC offered that could change a lot of things. Those would be my top two.
"I love the coaches (at Cal) especially coach (Tosh) Lupoi. That guy is like one of the guys. He's a really funny guy. Once you talk to him you could tell why he's one of the top recruiters in the country."
USC coach Lane Kiffin and assistant coaches Clay Helton and Ed Orgeron are recruiting Vatuvei, who said those coaches - especially Helton - stand out the most with the Trojans.
An offer from USC would be big and leave the Northern California prospect with a big decision to make.
"I love coach Orgeron, coach Helton and coach Kiffin but coach Helton especially because I have built a strong relationship with him," Vatuvei said. "It's USC, you can't go wrong with the tradition and the academics out there.
"I'm just trying to go out and compete so if they hear about this camp that could boost my chances of getting an offer from them."
So far, Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Fresno State, Idaho, Oregon State, Utah, Utah State, Washington and Washington State have offered.
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