“I’ve talked to Coach Tujague ever since last summer, and he always talked about recruiting me hard,” said Auwae. “I called him [yesterday] and he said he wanted to put the offer out there for me right now and let me know that they’re very interested. He and Coach Mark Atuaia will be coming out here soon to see me, so I’m excited about that. BYU is actually the second school I visited ever and I really liked it a lot up there. The area is really nice.”
Auwae mentioned that the offer from BYU is his tenth scholarship offer. He’s excited about the offer from BYU, which ranks high on his list of offers.
“BYU is the second school I visited but they’re my tenth offer,” Auwae said. “I’ve got offers from Washington State, Idaho State, Hawaii, San Diego State, Utah, Arizona State, Louisville, and Oregon State. The offer from BYU is great because I’ve really liked them a lot from the beginning. The offer from them now, even though it’s kind of late and my tenth offer, they’re up there high on my list. The offer from BYU means a lot and I’m really excited.”
One reason BYU is high on Auwae’s list is because he’s visited the Provo campus and loved the setting and environment. He’s also received a great endorsement on Coach Tujague from his own offensive line coach who knows Tujague personally.
“I visited BYU last year in June during the All Poly Camp. That’s when I really started talking to them after I won the MVP of the camp,” said Auwae. “They were recruiting my older brother who was at the camp also and a senior. They watched me the whole camp and thought I was my brother. Coach Tujague really liked me and that’s when they started recruiting me.
“It means a lot and I’ve always liked BYU and like the way they play as a program. They’ve done a lot of great things. Coach Tujague is a great coach and actually coached my offensive line coach Mike Stewart when he was in college. My offensive line coach told me that Coach Tujague is one of the best offensive line coaches out there, and plus he’s an all-around great guy which makes the process easier. Getting the offer from Coach Tujague and BYU means a lot to me.”
Coach Tujague’s reputation for developing outstanding offensive linemen is rapidly expanding in the college football world. He’s developed Tejan Koroma, who many thought was undersized to play at the college level, and turned him into a freshman All-American last season. Auwae plays every position at the high school level and is considered one of the top centers in the nation.
“I’m 6-foot-3 and a half, 301-pounds, and I play every position on the offensive line last year, but at the college level they’re going to be looking at me to play either guard or center,” said Auwae. “I’m actually rated the number three center in the nation right now, so I’ve been working a lot at center. Right now at my school (Kapolei High School) I’m actually playing left tackle.”
With ten current scholarships on the table, Auwae is going to take his time before naming a top five. A final decision on where he’ll play college football more than likely won’t happen until just prior to signing day next year.
“Right now I’m just going to take every offer that comes my way and think things over as a family,” said Auwae. “It’s going to be something that we talk about probably pick before signing day after all my visits and what not. We’re just going to take some time and pick before signing day. Before signing day I’ll probably narrow things down and then go from there.”