US Army Update: Ainuu Taua

The Lompoc (Calif.) defensive tackle and UCLA commit, Ainuu Taua, talks about the Army Bowl and more...

Lompoc (Calif.) defensive tackle Ainuu Taua (6-1, 280), has been one of the more gregarious personalities in San Antonio at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"Before I came down there, a lot of people told me to come out and enjoy myself," said Taua. "We're really busy but we're having a lot of fun."

But when Taua needs to focus on football, he's not having any problems doing so.

"At the same time, I wanted to come here and get better and learn something," said Taua. "It's real competitive out here with a lot of great players."

The first player from his region on the Central California coast ever selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Taua, who committed to UCLA earlier this month, knows he's representing not just his school.

"I'm here for Lompoc and the city," said Taua. "It's an honor and I feel privileged and I'm proud to represent my whole region."

Having worked with PTP all offseason, Taua said he's enjoying playing with several of the guys he worked out with, like uncommitted Damien Mama and USC commits Viane Talamaivao and Toa Lobendahn.

"Finally being on the same squad with them, I wish it was like that for college. I still do," said Taua. "I'm working on Damien and trying to convert those two Trojans."

He's also spending a lot of time with fellow Bruin pledge Jaleel Wadood.

"Jaleel is my boy and we're working on guys for UCLA," said Taua. "We also got (UCLA commit) Austin Roberts here."

Taua said he spoke to UCLA coach Jim Mora before coming down to San Antonio.

"He said to have fun and represent," said Taua.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOX Sports, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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