Last year the Sooners dipped into the Trinity Trojan program and appeared to have a great chance of landing possibly the programs top two prospects, Brandon Carter and Nila Kneubuhl. Kneubuhl signed with Oklahoma on signing day and Carter ended up signing with TCU.
This year the Sooners are once again pursuing two more prospects out of Trinity and one of those prospects is Kneubuhl's cousin, Polo Manukainiu. Manukainiu currently stands at 6-foot-6 and 260-pounds and plays on the defensive side of the ball at defensive end.
Last week Manukainiu worked out at the Sooners camp and had a good showing working with defensive ends Coach, Bobby Jack Wright. Afterwards defensive coordinator, Brent Venables took Manukainiu on a tour of the campus.
"I liked the whole thing," Manukainiu said about his experience in Norman. "The camp was pretty tight. I learned a lot from there including the defensive line fundamentals. Coach Wright taught me a lot. After that Coach Venables took me on a tour. He took me and three other people. I liked what I saw. I saw the academic building, saw the indoor facility, saw the coaches' office and saw the dorms."
Manukainiu is impressed with Coach Bobby Jack Wright not only for what he knows on the field but also because his players get the job done in the classroom.
"He's a nice guy," Manukainiu said about Coach Wright. "He sounds like he knows what he is doing. Above all, all his players graduated with a degree and that's a big thing for me because I am looking to get a degree."
Since returning home from the Sooners summer camp Manukainiu has seen his scholarship number increase.
Including those four offers brings Manukainiu to a total of twelve as of right now. And at the moment a few of those offers stand out he says.
Manukainiu is looking to get his decision out of the way come the start of his senior season. Getting all his visits taken care of this summer is what he is focused on.
"I'll wait until like probably the beginning of the season so I can get my visits in," Manukainiu explained when asked when he will make his decision.
Speaking of visits, three visits are already lined up for Manukainiu next month.
"In July I am going to Utah, Arkansas and Arizona."
Next season when Manukainiu is a senior for the Trojans his cousin Kneubuhl won't be out there with him to help Trinity bounce back from their state championship loss last year. Instead he will be suiting up for the Sooners.
Manukainiu believes his cousin will suit up in the NFL someday.
"It was a good time," Manukainiu said about hanging out with his cousin while in Norman. "It's a good thing that he made it this far. I know he can make it to the next level. He's a humble dude and he's smart so they'll get him far."
As far as where Oklahoma stands with Manukainiu after the camp the monstrous defensive end of Tongan decent had this to say.
"Definitely in my top five," Manukainiu said.