California DE taking interest in Buffs

Three-star end building connection with Colorado assistant coach.

Throughout the years, Colorado has had a strong tradition of developing successful football players from Hawaiian or Samoan descent.

Paulo Lepua, a defensive end from Harbor City, Calif., likes that tradition.

"It does, actually (mean a lot)," said Lepua, who is Samoan. "It's good because they understand where I'm coming from, especially coach Tui because he went to school out here."

The Buffs have been interested in Lepua, a 6-foot-2, 230-pounder, for a while. Defensive line coach Mike Tuiasosopo, who grew up in California, has been in constant contact with Lepua.

"I'm very interested," Lepua said. "Coach Tui has been talking to me a lot and I'm getting interested. The football program, it looks good."

Currently, Lepua holds offers from Colorado, Hawaii and Nevada. A defensive end and defensive tackle at Nathaniel Narbonne High School, Lepua said the Buffs want him to play defensive end. A three-star recruit, Lepua is ranked 48th nationally among defensive ends.

Don't expect a decision from Lepua any time soon, however.

"I think I'll make a decision next year in February," he said.

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