Army Motuapuaka talks Army offer

He has the name and apparently the game to entice Army coaches to extend an offer to Army Motuapuaka (pronounced mo-TOO-uh-poo-WAH-kuh) out of Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Va. The 5-foot-11, 285-pound D-lineman was an All-State performer in 2013 and now has three offers to his credit but Army was his first at the FBS level. Motuapuaka spoke with ArmySports.com.

"It first started with Coach Bateman coming by Salem and talking with me for a good hour," Motuapuaka said. "I asked him questions about the school and told him I was interested. He said he was going to talk with Coach Monken about offering me and he'd be in touch. It was only like a week or two after his visit when he offered. He said they really like that I'm able to defeat blocks, that I'm real explosive off the ball, and relentless. The offer was at defensive tackle or nose guard.

"I mean, I was excited about the [Army] offer. I don't know a lot about the school but I'm planning a visit in late-June just to see the campus and see if I'll actually like being a student/athlete at West Point. Going in the military has always been in the back of my mind. My father is a First Sergeant in the Army. Right now, I'm just excited and honored to have the offer and the opportunity."

Motuapuaka became a starter in his freshman year. He started on defense with his brother, Andrew, who is now a redshirt freshman linebacker at Virginia Tech. He was named first team All-State in Virginia 5A at offensive guard and had 30 tackles with 10 tackles for loss on the defensive line as a junior last season.

The other two offers Motuapuaka holds are from James Madison and Bryant an is also being recruited by Towson, East Carolina, Marshall, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, and Charlotte.

"Education definitely comes first," Motuapuaka said. "My family is high on education and I'm also down with that. I'm going to listen to what my parents have to say and what they feel about the school. I'm looking for the right fit. Distance wouldn't be a problem because I've traveled all over the world and I don't think my parents would mind. One thing will be my relationships with the coaches to help me fall in love with a place and how they interact with the current players."

Motuapaka's family is originally from Tonga and were living in New Zealand prior to migrating to the United States. This summer he plans on camping at James Madison (June 5th), East Carolina (June 15th) and going to Utah for an All-Polynesian football camp.

Last season the Salem Sun Devils went 11-3 but fell in the semifinals. Motuapaka feels this is the year Salem "breaks the barrier" and takes the state 5A title.

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