With Michigan holding its northern California satellite camp nearby, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary’s 2017 standout Popo Aumavae made his way to U-M’s camp on Thursday to work out with the Wolverines’ coaching staff.
Afterwards, Aumavae interviewed with The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb, informing him that Michigan, USC and Oregon are three schools sticking out right now in his recruitment.
“I am going to take my visits to those schools and hopefully feel (them out),” Aumavae said.
Even though U-M is the farthest school of interest on his list, Aumavae says there is a lot to like about the Wolverines.
“Definitely (like their) coaching staff, coach (Jim) Harbaugh is great guy and I would to play under coach (Tim) Drevno with his accolades,” Aumavae said of U-M. “And their family atmosphere.”
Aumavae is rated the No. 24 DT in the country, yet says Michigan is still “open” on whether they are recruiting him on offense or defense.
“I am really starting to like defense a lot more,” Aumavae said. “Because it’s more aggressive, you use your hands more. That’s what I like.”
Aumavae also noted his connection with U-M’s director of player personal, Tony Tuioti, who like Aumavae, is also Polynesian.
“He’s a Polynesian coach, all Poly’s get together like family, it’s really cool,” Aumavae said Tuioti.
And no matter which school he picks on national signing day 2017, Aumavae says he’ll be looking for certain characteristics in each program.
“Is it a place I want to be at the next four years,” Aumavae said. “Education wise, what am I going to get from there, is it a top school in the education system. And definitely if the players there if I connect with them or not.”
Video Interview by Sam Webb