Auwae wants to check out Oregon

Kapolei (Hawaii) offensive lineman Toleafoa Auwae discusses one of the schools showing early interest in him, Oregon.

Oregon has been aggressive with a few 2015 prospect from the Hawaiian islands and they’ve certainly gotten a jumpstart on 2016 with Kapolei offensive and defensive line prospect Toleafoa Auwae.

Auwae, and his brother Viliamu, a senior, received evaluations from Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood in the offseason at a camp in Hawaii and both have remained on his radar since then.

“He said we had nice footwork and were pretty long,” Auwae said. “We’re pretty fast and strong. He said he really liked that.”

Auwae, who stands 6-foot-4, 278-pounds, can play just about anywhere on the line and has proven that this year for Kapolei. Originally a center, he moved to right guard this season and will likely move to right tackle following the bye week to fill in for an injured teammate.

“It’s fun,” he said. “I like playing anywhere basically. Now I’m used to it.”

Kapolei’s record stands at 2-4 after playing some tough competition early on in the year. Though Auwae has posted some solid performances, he said he’s working hard on his consistency.

“I feel like I could do better right now,” “Right now I have 22 pancakes so far this season. I’m leading the team but I’ve got to learn how to finish more and be more aggressive because sometimes I take plays off. I’ve just got to work on that and then I’ll be fine.”

Oregon has yet to offer Toleafoa or Viliamu, but the younger Auwae thinks he could be a factor in their up-tempo system.

“I like the play style that Oregon runs,” he said. “That’s the kind of offense I think I could fit in. It’s fast and just attack, attack, attack. I really like that. It’s very explosive.”

Auwae hasn’t contacted Greatwood since the before the season, but he said that he receives anywhere from 1-3 letters a day from the program. He plans on taking a visit to Eugene in the future.

“I definitely would like to visit over there,”he said. “Some of the mail they send me, most of them are posters of the school and about the football program. Everything’s really nice over there.”

One factor that could potentially become a roadblock is Toleafoa’s desire to play with his brother at the next level. While he acknowledged this, he said nothing is set in stone.

“It’s a big factor, depending on what school he’s going to, if they offered me,” he said. “But if I see a better school that I like more, I have no problem just going on my own, which I prefer.”


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