Vaka overwhelmed by Florida Gators offer and plans to visit

Last week, the Florida Gators handed out several out of state offers to top prospects in the 2021 class.

2021 defensive tackle Victory Vaka (6-3, 315, Westlake Village, CA. High) picked up an offer from the Gators when he heard from head coach Dan Mullen.

“The head man himself, Coach Mullen offered me,” Vaka said of which coach offered him. “He loves how athletic and quick I am for my size and he said he needs some big guys up front.”

Vaka has 16 offers already but he says being offered by the Gators is a big one to him for a few reasons.

“This one means a lot to me,” he said on what the offer means to him. “I was overwhelmed because of how big time this one is. I’ve just always loved the SEC and the brand of football it presents.”

When Mullen offered Vaka last week, he explained to the defensive tackle how the Gators need players like him in Gainesville.

“They just told me how they need some big athletic guys up front that can stop the run and rush the passer,” Vaka said on what Mullen told him about how he would fit into things. “They feel like I’m a perfect for that and they like me more as a nose or a 1-technique.”

Vaka has never visited Gainesville before but he knows a lot about the Gators program and he likes what he knows about Florida so far.

“Considering Florida is one of the top schools in the SEC in the best conference in the country,” he said on what he likes about Florida. “I really like how they’re in the SEC and the quality of defensive linemen they’ve produced. I’m really interested in them.”

Now that Vaka has an offer from the Gators, the defensive tackle plans to visit Gainesville soon.

“I’m visiting Florida for the spring game, April 18th,” Vaka said on when he plans to visit Florida.


Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.