BYU Extends Offer to Hawaiian Lineman

BYU coaches have found a prospect from Hawaii they believe could represent their program both on and off the field. The 6'6', 275-pound offensive tackle from Kapolei High School (HI) is a beast on the football field, and BYU stands in good odds to land his commitment.

On the island of Oahu stands one big Hawaiian football player by the name of Viliamu Auwae out of Kapole High School. Auwae plays both sides of the ball for Kapole.

"I'm around 6-5, 275-pounds, and I play both the left and right offensive tackle positions," said Auwae. "I have a second position on defense and play defensive end and tackle."

Recently, Auwae flew out to Utah where he paid an unofficial visit to BYU. It was the first time he had taken an unofficial visit to any major division one college. Needless to say, he liked what he saw.

"I didn't attend the BYU summer camp, but I did attend a day there for an unofficial visit," Auwae said. "It was great! I loved the facilities and I loved hanging out with Coach (Mark) Atuaia and Coach (Garret) Tujague. They really are great guys and coaches and everything was perfect. I took a tour of the campus and everything was so beautiful up there."

"It was really a great experience. This was my first unofficial visit going to a university and I loved it. The whole time I was there I was just getting goose bumps."

Auwae really appreciated the fact that the BYU coaches made time to come visit with him on campus during his visit even though the timing of it was less than ideal.

"What I really appreciated about the coaches was when I took my unofficial visit to BYU, I took it late at night," Auwae said. "I took it around 9 o'clock at night. The coaches took time away from their families to come see me late at night. That's how I know that I belong at BYU."

Like most prospects on campus, Auwae was shown many of the outstanding football facilities BYU has to offer athletes that choose to attend the university.

"I went to the SAB [Student Athlete Building],went to the Legends Hall and saw all the trophies and memorabilia," said Auwae. "Then we went into the weight room and into the locker room. I also saw the indoor practice field. The facilities are really [great] at BYU and I really enjoyed seeing everything.

After his brief tour of BYU, Auwae left without an offer. It wasn't long before Coach Tujague contacted Auwae via Twitter and told him to call Bronco Mendenhall. Coach Mendenhall went over the honor code and then informed Auwae that he was extending him a full ride scholarship offer.

"They didn't offer me when I was up there for my unofficial visit. They offered me over the phone," Auwae said. "Before he offered me [Coach Mendenhall] asked me a couple of questions to make sure I would know what I was getting myself in to. He was just telling me about what to expect and everything that's expected of BYU. He was going over the rules, and I'm good with all the rules that you're supposed to abide by."

Auwae was hoping his conversation with Coach Mendenhall was leading towards a scholarship offer from BYU.

"I was wondering and hoping that Coach Mendenhall was going to offer me, but I didn't want to get too far ahead of myself," said Auwae with a chuckle. "I started to get those goose bumps again. I was trying to hold back my excitement."

Then the offer from Coach Mendenhall came.

"The first thing that went through my mind was my family," he said. "I just started thinking about my family, and then the second thing I was thinking about was when I was going to commit. For me, I was thinking I would like to commit before my senior year. Before I do something like that I'm going to talk things over with my family first."

The long awaited BYU offer finally arrived, and when it did it was received with gratitude. Auwae had been waiting for this day.

"The only other offers that I have are from Nevada and Virginia Union, so this is one reason why I was so excited about the offer from BYU," Auwae said. "It was just great because the BYU coaches would always keep in touch and make sure I was doing well. That's one thing that I really love about the BYU coaches."

One mystery Auwae can't quite figure out is why the University of Hawaii hasn't extended him an offer. He is, however, receiving interest from other FBS programs on the mainland.

"I'm not too sure why Hawaii hasn't recruited me," said Auwea. "If I got an offer from them I would still be looking to get off the island. I've been hearing a lot from Colorado, Oregon, and Utah. Utah showed a lot of interest in me at the All Poly camp when I was there."

Speaking of summer college camps, the University of Michigan recently hosted prep prospects hoping to catch the attention of members of the Wolverine coaching staff. Auwae was selected to be a part of a select group singled out as being among the best prospects.

"I went up to the camp up at Michigan; to the Michigan Wolverines," said Auwae. "The school was all right, but the camp was pretty good. I made it through a couple of the drills and did really good, but it was really hard because there were guys that were bigger than me. I did pretty good and made it to the top group. There were guys bigger than me but no one had as good of feet than I had. I was among the top tackles up there. I had some of the fastest feet there."

Now that Auwae holds a BYU scholarship offer, what are the chances of BYU landing the big Hawaiian?

"Right now, it's high," Auwae said. "It's really high. I love the coaches, the campus, the academics, and everything about BYU. Also, one of the things that I love about BYU is that they have a TV contract with ESPN, so all my family back home in Hawaii will be able to see me play on TV"

Once the transition from high school to college begins, Auwae plans on getting out to the university of his choice early so he can enroll in summer school. He'll then play four or five straight years.

"After my senior year of high school football I'm just going to start training," Auwae said. "I might go to summer school at BYU, so I might come up there earlier. That's kind of what I was thinking I'm going to do after I graduate. I'll just go up there and play for four or five years."

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