Pound for Pound There is Pauu

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite linebacker Butch Pauu is one of the Southland's best backers, and he's playing with a chip on his shoulder, with schools noticing...

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite linebacker Butch Pauu is one of the more punishing linebackers in the Southland, and pound-for-pound, may be the toughest backer in the region.

The 5-11, 215-pound Pauu has one offer, from BYU, and is hoping that more schools join the fray.

"BYU has offered and that means a lot to me," said Pauu. "They like me as a linebacker but some of my coaches said they also can see me as a strong safety."

Pauu said that Washington has also been in regular contact with him, but he doesn't yet have an offer.

"Coach Thomas hasn't heard anything about them offering me but they were one of the first schools to start looking at me," said Pauu.

In addition, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Colorado, Alabama, LSU and Stanford have all been in contact with Pauu.

The Cougars are standing out for Pauu.

"I went to their camp my freshman year and I did really well over there," said Pauu. "I have a lot of family members that go there and they want me to go to BYU. We always liked USC and UCLA, but we were all really big BYU fans."

Stanford, UCLA, Oregon and USC rounds out Pauu's top five.

"I grew up watching BYU, USC and UCLA," said Pauu.

Pauu may not have the jaw-dropping size, but he makes up for it on the field with his style of play.

"I went to an UnderArmour camp, and I saw all the other linebackers and thought ‘those guys are big', but a lot of colleges sort of dismiss smaller ones but we're just as good as the other linebackers, so I play with a chip on my shoulder," said Pauu. "Schools shouldn't over look me because I'm not like 6-2 or 6-3, they should see that they would be missing a kid that has a focus and his priorities straight."

Pauu said he patterns his style of play after a familiar fact.

"I really feel like I play like my dad," said Pauu. "He coached me and he played at San Jose State. I've seen a highlight film, and he was a guy that was able to read the run and also drop back and see the receivers really well."

Pauu, who is LDS, said his plan for now is to play a year at whichever school he signs with and then leave to serve his mission.

"Coach (Troy) Thomas (at Servite) said that's why he thinks some schools are dropping out, but that is very important to me," said Pauu.

Pauu said he'd like to take some trips, but may make an early decision.

"I'd like to take some official visits, but I'm unsure of what I'll do," said Pauu. "I'll be attending a lot of camps though."

There are numerous factors that Pauu said he's taking into consideration when choosing a school.

"The number one thing is academics, because I want to go into studying the medical field, so that will factor in where I want to go. Football wise, I want to play under a good head coach and linebacker coach, and a good defensive coordinator with a great atmosphere."

Academically, Pauu said he'll be taking the SAT in March and the ACT in April.

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