Manukainui Names Top Five

With 15 scholarship offers on the table, Polo Manukainiu, the 6-7, 259-pound defensive lineman from Texas, has narrowed his choices to a top five...

At 6'7, 259 lbs, Polo Manukainiu is a daunting presence on the defensive line. The former rugby standout and current Trinity High star has become one of the most heavily recruited defensive ends in America.

"I'm physical, I'm a team leader, and I keep my team humble," Manukainiu said.

Manukainiu has scholarship offers from Baylor, Oklahoma , Texas A&M, Miami, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, SDSU, UCLA, Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington State, and Colorado.

With 15 offers on the table, Manukainiu has taken unofficial visits whenever an opportunity presented itself. Polo has visited Arkansas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and had plans to visit Miami next the first week in August while he was supposed to be in the area attending a family reunion.

The #34 ranked defensive end in the country had scheduled to take a visit to Utah in late July, but due to some last-minute complications, Manukainiu was unable to make the trip, though he plans on officially visiting Utah during the season.

The 4-star prospect recently learned that his knee was injured a little more seriously than expected.

"I just got back from Arkansas and found out I tore something in my leg. I'm in strong rehab right now, and will be back by the 3rd game. My PCL and my meniscus. The doctor said I was lucky. "

Manukainiu then announced his top five schools, in no particular order: "Baylor, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Utah and UCLA."

When asked about Utah's move to the Pac-12, Manukainiu said: "I think it was a good move because the Pac 12 is my second favorite league. They play teams from the west coast, which is where I'm from. They play teams like UCLA, USC and Stanford, which would be good too."

BRO Editor's Note: Manukainiu is high school teammates and friends with the most-recent UCLA commitment, Hiva Lutui, and Lutui could have some imfluence on Manukainiu's decision.

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