Having heard stories about the recruiting process and seeing his brothers go through it, Highland High School (Pocatello, Idaho) linebacker Aren Manu now steps into the limelight as the next Division I football player in his family.
"It's extremely stressful," Manu said. "You have no clue what is going to happen in the process. You want to be as good or better than your brothers. Between us and our cousins, that's how it always is. The competition is fierce."
The 6-foot-1, 240-pound inside linebacker began his recruitment by visiting Boise State over the weekend. Manu played on The Blue in the 2014 state championship game, and he was with his brother Kyler on his visit earlier that year. Saturday, however, was the first time he was able to see the program for himself.
"It went really well," Manu said. "I love the atmosphere up there. Coach (Andy) Avalos was always with me. He's so friendly. I love all the coaches. That was my first time meeting coach Harsin. It was awesome."
At this point Manu does not have any other visits scheduled, but he is piecing together his plans for the summer.
"My dad and I are deciding what we want to do," he said. "I was invited the regionals for The Opening in Seattle in May, so I might head up there and compete."
As Manu continues to work toward his senior year and, hopefully, increased interest and offers from colleges, he knows what his strengths and weaknesses are.
"In Boise Coach Avalos told me he loves how physical I am," Manu said. "But I need to work on my speed and get down to 225 or 230 pounds."
Manu is waiting on his first offer, but is hopeful it comes soon. In the meantime, coaches from Boise State will be in Pocatello to visit him and cousin/teammate Aisa Kelemete in a week and a half.
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