Sean Auwae played next to a few D-1 linemen last year for Kapolei (HI). His older brother, Viliamu Auwae (Amu) and Pesi Savea both ended up signing with solid Mountain West programs. Yet, it was the younger Auwae that often times shined the brightest. He doesn't have the impressive tackle frame like Amu or Pesi, but he is one of the strongest linemen in the country and a very solid interior lineman.
"I've been fortunate to play with and against some of the best in the trenches," Auwae shared. "Seeing my brother get recruited has been helpful for me and I kind of understand the process now. I know the importance of getting exposure, especially being from Hawaii. Last year you guys got to see me at the All-Poly Camp and I walked away as MVP. Those stories and exposure got me on the map. I knew heading into my senior year, this off-season would be really big for me. I have hit the weights hard and made a point to get out there and compete. Winning MVP of the linemen at the L.A. Nike Camp was huge for me. I feel like that has really set me off. The plan is to keep going and hopefully end up with as many great options as possible."
Auwaue is approaching double digit offers, with his main offers being from Arizona State, Louisville, San Diego State, Texas Tech, Utah, and Washington State. A few of those schools are standing out to the three-star guard and he is hoping to attract the attention of others soon.
"I'd say Texas Tech is really standing out to me," Auwae claimed. "That coaching staff really understands how to recruit and communicate. Talking to them, you always feel fired up about being a Red Raider and it seems like a good spot. I've talked with Breiden Fehoko a lot, and the idea of playing with him is huge. I've competed against him before, and he is one of the best. I can imagine battling with him in practice everyday will only make me better. They've been on me the hardest and I am definitely considering them."
"My two newest offers, from Louisville and ASU also stick out. Sure, Louisville isn't down the road from me, but what is? This is Hawaii, everywhere is a long flight away. Louisville plays in a good conference and has a ton of talent every year. The idea of blazing a path for Hawaii kids and being the first to make it out that way is appealing. I know the Cardinals can play football. ASU is also really appealing. The Sun Devils seem to win 10 or more games every year and are just trending up. It's not only about being a Pac-12 power for them, it's becoming a national thing. When they beat Notre Dame, that was a big one, I was watching. The last school sticking out is Utah. The Utes are in the Pac-12, which I like and run a power offense, which I could fit into. Lewis Powell is my recruiting coach and he is a good dude, that I know from when he was at UH."
Auwae's offer sheet has been growing ever since he had the standout performance at the Nike Combines, setting the power toss record twice this winter. He is hoping to tack on a few more.
"I'm planning to commit after my senior year, but a few schools would potentially change that plan," Auwae explained. "When I camped with Michigan last summer, I fell in love. The school, the football, the tradition, it's all pretty amazing. They have been in contact with me and I'd love an offer from the Wolverines. USC and UCLA are two other huge ones for me. I grew up watching those programs and really like what they have to offer. Also, the idea of playing in L.A. is nice. I went there for unofficial visits and felt really comfortable and at home. Arizona and Oregon State have also shown some love. Those are two great Pac-12 programs, with coaching staffs that I really like. We'll see what happens, I plan to take my time."
From a football perspective, there is no question about Auwae's two best strengths. The three-star guard is incredibly versatile. He has played every single position upfront for Kapolei and could realistically play four positions at the next level. From right tackle to center, Auwae has the size and ability to line up just about anywhere. He is best suited as an inside guy, but the fact that he could play RT makes him more valuable. Along with his versatility, Auwae's strength is also elite. He is a weight room warrior and that translates nicely to the field. He has the power to become a vicious run-blocker, but also packs a mean punch in pass-pro. There is certainly some fine-tuning needing to be done with footwork and technique, but that will come with time.
Toleafoa Sean Auwae is emerging as one of the top guards out West. He has looked great in camps and solid on film. You'd like to see those eye-popping combine numbers and reps of 225 translate to the field a bit more, but he is getting there. He may not be an instant impact guy, but he could be a very solid two-three year starter at a lot of P5 programs.