2007 CU Prospect: OT Sione Tau

Colorado had a presence in Hawaii last year landing two of the Islands top natives in B.J. Beatty and Michael Sipili. The two future Buffs were arguably the top two linebacker prospects Hawai'i had to offer. Colorado has now focused their attention towards next class in Hawai'i and the top prospect just might be Sipili's teammate, offensive tackle Sione Tau. The Buffalo Sports News spoke with Tau to get his early thoughts on the recruiting process.

Height: 6-6
Weight: 285
40 time: 4.9
Bench: 290
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
High School: Damien Memorial

As a junior, Sione Tau was an honorable mention all-state selection. The 6-foot-6 offensive tackle speaks of what he brings to the table. "I try to work on my basic footwork," explained Tau. "I try to get my technique to perfection. I feel like I really have my foot speed down."

Tau will be recruited specifically as an offensive tackle and he has already been hearing from a number of schools. "I have received a couple of letters from Miami. They have asked me to attend their junior day but I cannot make it for financial reasons. I have also been hearing a lot from Oregon State. My parents really like them. I have a step-sister in Corvallis. I have also received some letters from Colorado. They told my teammate, Michael Sipili, that they look forward to coming back and recruiting me, and other players from Hawai'i this year.

"I know Colorado is a good school. I also know from what Michael tells me that the program is pretty good."

Growing up, Tau mainly focused in on one school from the college ranks. "I was always watching USC. I knew they always had a good defense and they were a program worth watching."

Tau did not even participate in football until his freshman year of high school. "I have always just focused on basketball until my freshman year. I feel that since then I have the basic fundamentals down but just need to practice more."

The big lineman has always been a basketball player where he plays center for Damien Memorial. "I play Center and I average six points and five rebounds a game."

Tau carries a 3.1 core GPA and will take his ACT in April.


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