BYU has added an instant impact signee to its 2017 class. Offensive Lineman John Vaka, from Diablo Community College in California, pledged his commitment to the Cougars Sunday afternoon via instagram:
Vaka originally committed to Oregon over the summer, but backed off his commitment after Oregon Head Coach Mike Helfrich was fired. Vaka also held offers from Arizona, Washington State, Iowa State, among others.
With the commitment of of Vaka, BYU’s offensive line is looking to be in good shape for the 2017 season. BYU currently starts only one senior on the offensive line (Andrew Eide), and will bring back Ului Lapuaho from injury. Former four-star recruit Kieffer Longson redshirted this past season and will look to contribute next season as well.
Vaka is versatile enough to slide into Eide’s spot at tackle, or move inside to guard. With the addition of Vaka, BYU could have more skill and depth along the front line than it has had in years.