Auwae's a High Priority for Texas Tech

Kapolei (HI) offensive lineman Sean Auwae has plenty of choices on where to attend school and play football, but Texas Tech has established a solid relationship with him and continues to be among the top contenders to land him. Get the details inside.

With 23 commitments so far, the number of open spots in Texas Tech's 2016 football class has become pretty small.

Though Texas Tech is expected to count some early enrollees in the 2016 class against last year's scholarship limit (which signed only 19 prospects to scholarships after J.F. Thomas's departure to Trinity Valley Community College), the Red Raider coaching staff has the luxury to pick and choose prospects to fill the remaining slots.

Kapolei (Honolulu) offensive lineman Sean Auwae is one recruit who the staff is choosing to spend extra time on. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound center was initially offered by Texas Tech back in March and has developed a good relationship with the coaches since then.

"I actually talked to [coach Mike Smith] and coach Lee Hays a couple of weeks ago through Twitter. They were just checking up on me, seeing how I'm doing. They asked me if school's going good, when fall starts for me, I told them, 'this is week one for us', they're just like, 'get after it'. And then I talk to coach [Kevin] Curtis every day."

Coach Curtis has outdone himself this recruiting cycle, playing a key role in the recruitment of commits like Travis Bruffy, Johnathan Picone, and Damarcus Fields. He has also built a very strong rapport with Auwae, impressing the center with his constant communication despite the Red Raiders beginning fall camp.

"I talk to him every day. He always sends me 'good morning' texts and we just talk throughout the day. I'd probably say I have the best relationship with him out of all the coaches. I feel comfortable with him, talking to him, and can talk to him about everything. He's playing a big role in recruiting me to Texas Tech because he's probably the only coach that talks to me every day. It's fall camp and everything, it's the busiest time."

In a previous interview with, the Hawaiian prospect spoke highly of Texas Tech and indicated they were standing out to him. Nothing has changed in that regard since then.

They're {Texas Tech) still high up for me, still very high. I still feel the same about that.

Texas Tech has clearly made Auwae a top priority for this recruiting class, holding an offensive line spot for the center.

"Coach Mike, we were talking on the phone one time and he says because I'm graduating early, he's holding a spot for me if I were to commit to Texas Tech. It was pretty good to hear that."

Since the Honolulu product will graduate in December and enroll early with a school, his timeline is a bit shorter than other 2016 prospects.

"It's gonna be probably mid-season or right after the season, after I get all my officials out of the way. [It's important for me to visit] just so I can get a feel for the school, see which one feels like home the most and which one jumps out for me."

A top five is beginning to take shape as he nears a decision.

"I'd say UCLA, Louisville, Oregon State, Vanderbilt as well. I just like the way they all play, they bring the fire. I feel that even though not all of them are conference champs, the coaches play a big factor for me. Mostly just comfort with the coaches and trust, it's a big factor."

As far as a visit to Texas Tech is concerned, Auwae still plans on visiting Texas Tech twice before making a decision - once on an official visit for a game, and again while flying in for the Semper Fi All-American Bowl in January.

In the meantime, the talented offensive lineman is focusing on the upcoming season and will be a key leader for this young Kapolei team.

"I'm definitely excited, man. I can't wait, really. It was definitely a good camp. We got after it, woke up at 4 a.m. every day and had to go running. We had three-a-days every day, I had a 544-pound bench press. Felt good going in there, to camp. We had one tussle, we had to run for that, but it helped us grow as a team and made us stronger."

Auwae holds scholarship offers from Arizona State, Brigham Young, Oregon State, Texas Tech, UCLA, Louisville, and Utah, among others.

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