Taua Has Co-Leaders

Lompoc (Calif.) defensive lineman Ainuu Taua took his second official visit of the year this past weekend to Oklahoma and the Sooners moved way up his list...

After visiting Washington State three weeks ago, talented defensive tackle Ainuu Taua was in Norman over the weekend to check out Oklahoma.

"I loved it there, I had a great visit," Taua said. "I love the coaching staff, the players on the team were great with me and I definitely ate real good on the whole trip. I really like Bob Stoops a lot, we got to go to his house and he has the nicest house I've ever seen.

"I really enjoyed the game atmosphere and I was watching the defense and the defensive line very closely. They run a 3-4 scheme and the coaches like me as a nose guard. I like their defense, they're very aggressive and they blitz a lot. They get after the quarterback and I think I would fit in really well there."

Taking the visit with several other California players was another highlight for Taua.

"I didn't even know all those other guys were coming," Taua said. "That was great seeing everyone and we had a lot of fun together. I hung out with Joe Mixon a lot and I would love to play with him in college. We talked a little about that but we both want to take the rest of our visits.

"Nile Kneubuhl was my host and he took good care of me. All the players on the team were great with me and you can tell how well everyone gets along there. It's a family atmosphere and Oklahoma is really high on my list right now. I don't want to name any leaders until I've taken all my trips but I would definitely say Oklahoma is at the top of my list. It's probably them and UCLA as my co-leaders right now."

Taua has three more visits to take and then will announce his decision at the Army All-American game.

"I'm going to visit Ole Miss (Oct. 19)," Taua said. "I haven't set up my last two yet but I'm thinking I will visit Wisconsin and Arizona. I'll take an unofficial visit to UCLA since I've already been there a few times and know the school really well.

"I've enjoyed the trips a lot so far, Washington State was a great visit as well. I'm looking forward to the rest of my visits and this is going to be a very hard decision for me. By the time of the Army game though, I'll be ready to make my decisioln and that should be a fun time to announce for me."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 16 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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