Isaiah Pola-Mao wished Arizona State coach Todd Graham stayed just a little bit longer.
Graham watched on the sidelines for most of the first half of Mountain Pointe’s 45-31 win over Highland High School last Friday before hopping back onto his “Boom Copter” helicopter and traveling to another local high school game.
Pola-Mao wanted Graham to stay for the second half because that is when he had his highlight of the game for Mountain Pointe, which improved to 9-0 with the win.
Pola-Mao caught a pass on a flat route for a 12-yard touchdown. The 2017 two-way player used his 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame to break through the tackle of a much smaller defender and squeezed the ball inside the pylon.
“He (Graham) didn’t see it,” Pola-Mao said. “(I’m disappointed) a little bit. But, there’s going to be plenty more.”
A junior safety and wide receiver Pola-Moa has a scholarship offer from ASU as a versatile defensive prospect. He could easily grow into a variety of linebacker roles with his big frame.
Pola-Mao is focusing on the immediate task at hand and trying to remain undefeated with his Mountain Pointe teammates. But he said the whole recruiting process has been humbling.
He currenty is reporting a scholarship offer from ASU, Arizona, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State and Utah.
Early in his recruitment, he said he has interest in ASU, staying in Arizona and being a “hometown hero.”
He said he has been receiving a lot of letters in the mail from the ASU football program and also liked that the program's head coach showed up to one of his games.
“That was real cool seeing him (Graham) on the sidelines there,” Pola-Mao said. “He got to get a glimpse of what could have been. But, I really like ASU. I really like what they’ve been doing for the past couple years.”
Pola-Mao said he does not have any plans to make an unofficial visit to ASU anytime soon.