Taua Awarded with Army Jersey

Ainuu Taua was awarded with his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey during a presentation held at his high school...

Ainuu Taua of Lompoc Senior High School in Lompoc, CA, has been selected to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST and will feature the nation's top 90 high school football players.

"Taua is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Lompoc Senior High School," said Mark Davis, deputy assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing. "Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection."

Taua, a 6-foot-1, 270-pounder is rated as as Scout.com four-star defensive tackle prospect, the No. 9 prospect at the position nationally.

"Taua was an absolute monster all summer earning DL MVP honors at the SoCal NIKE Camp and was nearly unblockable at The Opening as well," informed Scout.com.

"He's among the quickest defensive tackles in the country and has incredible hands. He has advanced pass rushing technique and a big time motor."

On the recruiting front Taua is fresh off of an official visit to Washington State and also has trips scheduled to see Oklahoma (Oct. 5) and Ole Miss (Oct. 19).

He is likely to make a decision during the All-American game.

In the 2013 NFL Draft, there were a total of 8 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Alumni drafted in the first round. The 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 40,133 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.

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