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Capital Christian’s Nifae Lealao signs with Vanderbilt

02/05/2014 10:36 AM

02/15/2014 8:24 PM

Capital Christian defensive lineman Nifae Lealao, the top high school football recruit in the Sacramento area, signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Vanderbilt on scholarship during a ceremony this morning at the school.

Lealao had offers from every Pacific-12 school. He earlier verbally committed to Stanford, but changed his mind to explore other options. He recently visited Cal and visited Vanderbilt over the weekend.

Lealao has a rapport with Vanderbilt defensive line coach Vavae Tata, who was at Stanford last season.

Get the latest updates on today’s signings at and read a full report in Thursday’s print edition.

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Joe Davidson has covered high school sports for The Sacramento Bee since 1988. He co-hosts "The Bee Preps Show," which airs weekly on ComcastSportsNet California, with Mike Finnerty. Though he's been accused of being a graduate of Del Oro, De La Salle, Elk Grove, Franklin, Grant, Granite Bay, Jesuit, Oak Ridge, Rocklin, St. Francis and other schools, he attended high school and played football and track in Oregon. Reach Davidson at and twitter at @SacBee_JoeD.

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