One of the biggest junior offensive tackles in attendance at the Army Combine last week was Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary’s three-star Popo Aumavae.
“It’s pretty big,” Aumavae told The Michigan Insider. “It means a lot, it means that I’ve been doing pretty well, and that’s why I wanted to come here.”
“I think I did pretty well,” he added.
The 2017 product currently measures in at 6-foot-4, 290-pounds, projecting as an offensive tackle at the college level.
Looking back on his fall performance, Aumavae believes he made great progress individually.
“My junior season went really well,” Aumavae said. “I landed some offers since I did really well on defense. I think I just took it up a notch."
Aumavae is up to seven scholarship offers including the likes of Oregon, Washington, Utah, UCLA, Colorado and San Diego State.
Among that group, Aumavae has visit just one campus, the University of Washington.
“It was really nice,” he said. “The way they run things is tight. The football team is pretty good. It was nice.”
Despite being out in Big Ten country, Michigan is another program Aumavae has interest in and it turns out there’s a connection to the Wolverines.
“My cousin was coached by Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, Tavita Pritchard,” Aumavae said.
“I met Jim Harbaugh when he was still the coach of the 49ers at my cousins wedding. He’s a great guy, and I would definitely love to play for Jim Harbaugh.”
Interview by Eugene Hankerson.