Meet Vavae Malepeai

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usc-football-spring-2017-mcgillen-6542.jpgName: Vavae Malepeai

Position: RB

Class: Redshirt Freshman

Size: 6-foot-0, 190 pounds

Age: 19

High School (Hometown): Mililani HS (Aiea, HI)

Game: Malepeai quickly opened eyes during Fall Camp before suffering a collarbone injury which ended his chances of playing as a true freshman. In year two, he is ready to compete for carries behind Ronald Jones II. He is a stocky, young tailback who runs with reckless abandon and could play an important role as the Trojans look to replace Justin Davis.

Prep Career: He made 2015 Prep Star All-West Region, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year, KHON2/Cover2 Hawaii High School Weekly Marcus Mariota Award State Player of the Year, USA Today All-Hawaii Offensive Player of the Year and All-Oahu Interscholastic Association Blue Offensive Player of the Year as a senior running back at Mililani High. He ran for 1,952 yards on 234 carries (8.3 avg) with 29 TDs in 2015.

Malepeai on the veteran leaders at tailback: "Even though older guys like [Ronald Jones II] and [Aca'Cedric Ware] are injured right now, they take the time to actually watch what we're doing on the field. So when I come to the sideline, they do a great job of taking that leadership role and informing me what I did wrong, what I did great."

Fun Fact: Malepeai originally gave a verbal commitment to attend Oregon, where his uncles, Silila (1990-94), Pulou (1993-95) and Tasi (1994-96), played football. 

Here is Malepeai on why he chose USC, fighting through adversity and more:

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