Fast-forward a few months and now Neil is on course to join his brother in Provo, after fulfilling a childhood goal, and verbally committing to BYU as well.
"Growing up as a kid you want to do something to help your parents and I think going to college for free was something that I really wanted to do," Pauu explained. "That was my goal in life, to get a scholarship and not have my parents deal with the student loans."
Neil committed to the Cougars after spending time on campus last month, and felt that BYU was the ideal place for him to develop as a football player and as a person.
"It's basically Servite all over again. It has the three main priorities: God first, then family, and they always have student before athlete," said Pauu. "They try to teach character so you lead yourself in a manner that you won't disgrace your last name."
And just like in high school, Pauu is excited about the opportunity to play alongside his older brother.
"It will be fun. It was fun last year getting to play with him," Pauu said. "We are both excited and can't wait."
Neil Pauu rolls out to pass at the Under Armour Sevens Tournament.