The 36th-ranked offensive guard is being pursued by several schools, including Arizona State and Brigham Young, but has Tech high on his list.
"Coach Smith came down, we had a good talk, he said a lot of great things about me, there's a possibility that I might graduate earlier, so my commitment could be moved up. Texas Tech, overall, they're high up to me, and just him coming down, it was great seeing him."
There is a good chance that the 6-foot-4, 290-pound three-star prospect will graduate in December and be able to enroll early, which would obviously shorten the timeline of his recruitment.
"Right now, a percent chance, I'd say about fifty percent chance that it will happen. Coach Smith, he was talking to my head coach about that, kind of like what Breiden did, so I'll have to talk to my school counselor to see if that's possible for me."
Auwae's recruitment is heating up as he is attracting the attention of schools across the country - in addition to Texas Tech, his high school played host to coaches from Oregon and Boise State on Tuesday.
"It's just blowing up, you know, a lot of coaches have been coming down to the school. I'd say for the past two weeks, almost every day, there's a coach coming down. It's exciting, I'm not gonna lie, it's very exciting, but I'm gonna keep doing what I'm doing basically."
The prospect, who played center for Kapolei this past season, was expecting a visit from coach Smith.
"I knew he was coming. He hit me up two weeks ago saying he was gonna be down this week, and today I sent him about three texts like, 'Coach, are you coming, are you almost here,' because I was pumped up about his visit, but yeah he DM'd me that he was up in Coach's office and my coach was like 'hurry up and get up here!'"
The visit went well, and Auwae again expressed how highly he thinks of Texas Tech.
"(Coach Smith) said I'm the No. 1 guy on their board, and they really want me to think about committing. He said I could be an early draft pick, we talked about that. The transition would be almost the same thing like Breiden Fehoko, and I actually talked to Breiden a couple days ago, I'm going to be seeing him soon for the graduation party down here. It was just nice. After that I was just fired up. As of right now they're up there very high on my list."
Coach Mike Smith is not the only one involved in Auwae's recruitment. Offensive line coach Lee Hays couldn't make the trip out due to back surgery, but he and others on the coaching staff have made him a top priority.
"I feel comfortable with the coaching staff because they're all in constant contact. It's not just like coach Smith or coach Hays, it's like all the other coaches do as well. Coach Kevin Curtis, I talk to him like every day. Every day, I wake up and there's a DM from coach Curtis. You can tell, they're trying to reach me as a whole, trying to lock me in, which is something I take to heart."
Lubbock is obviously a long way from Hawaii, but that wouldn't be a deterrent to the soon-to-be high school senior. He cites a desire to play in the Big 12, and the fan support in Lubbock, as reasons to play in Lubbock as opposed to somewhere closer to home.
"Playing for Texas Tech would be awesome. The conference itself is a powerhouse conference, if not the best. They get after it. The atmosphere, from the looks of it, is just crazy. When you go there, everybody knows who you are. Breiden told me when he went up there, it's just crazy up there. It's all about football, it's all about Texas Tech football when you're up there which is pretty cool and exciting. He just loves it. It's just a crazy place to be.
Auwae still plans on taking two visits to Lubbock during the season.
"That's the thing, they're gonna be my first official visit, and I'm just really excited to get up there as soon as possible and check it out and experience it for myself. Actually in December, I'll be attending the Blue-Grey All-American Game. We're leaving like a week earlier, because they don't have direct flights to Texas, we'll just fly to LA and drive to Dallas and stop by (in Lubbock.)"
Auwae doesn't have an official top set of schools yet, but admits he will have to start thinking about it as the possibility of graduating early looms.
"I'm still kind of feeling it out, there are a lot of schools, like all the schools are recruiting me hard... From the looks of it now, I'll have to start thinking about making a list, I'm pushing it to the side right now, but after the visit with Coach Mike, it was really an eye-opener, I was like 'I've really got to start thinking about this'... I feel like it's getting to crunch time."
Auwae, the No. 3 guard in the West, and the No. 2 guard in Hawaii, holds offers from Arizona State, Brigham Young, Hawaii, Louisville, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State, Texas Tech, UNLV, Utah, and Washington State. He reports interest from USC, Oregon, Ole Miss, Boise State, Colorado, and Michigan State, among others.