2017 DL/OL Popo Aumavae Has an Early UCLA Offer

Oct. 23 -- Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's 2017 OL/DL Popo Aumavae already has three early offers in, including one from UCLA, and as he spends more time on defense, more interest is coming his way...

Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's 2017 OL/DL Popo Aumave (6-4, 305), has three early offers and a number of other schools are checking in on the junior.

Aumavae was offered by San Diego State before the summer, then Colorado offered early in his junior season. UCLA followed suit not long after.

"About an hour after school got out going in to summer, San Diego State offered me as an offensive lineman.  It was pretty exciting to get an offer. I had heard it from people that I could get an offer and I couldn't believe it."

Aumavae added playing on the defensive line to his resume early this season and that's opened more eyes.

"Colorado offered me and was talking about me as a defensive lineman," said Aumavae.  "UCLA offered me just as a lineman, but said I could choose."

Aumavae was primarily playing on the offensive line, but since playing defensive line, he's starting to lean towards that side.

"I prefer defense now," said Aumavae.  "I could play whatever I'm asked, but I believe its the best position for me.  But I'm open to either defense or offense."

UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure offered Aumavae, wanting him for defensive tackle, but Aumavae said that offense could be an option there too.

"Coach Angus said when they reviewed my film, they thought I could play both ways," said Aumavae.

Oregon State and Arizona have also been picking up their interest in Aumavae, with both schools having former St. Mary's quarterbacks in the past decade, Willie Tuitama at Arizona and Cody Vaz at Oregon State.

"Oregon State and Arizona have both recruited my school a lot so that helps a lot and they can tell me about those schools," said Aumavae.

Aumavae visited Oregon and Washington unofficially this summer.

"I grew up a Ducks fan," said Aumavae.  "Their facilities are state of the art.  I loved it there."

Washington had him in after the trip and he enjoyed Seattle.

"Coach (Bob) Gregory is recruiting me and I loved the campus and being right there by Lake Washington," said Aumavae.

Aumavae said he's in no rush to make a decision, with a lot of time left until he needs to make one.

"I want to keep things open," said Aumavae.  "I don't mind spreading my wings either and leaving the West Coast.  But I'm going to wait until my senior year and when I find a place I really like, that's when I'll know.  I'm also growing mentally and physically in the game, which I think college coaches will like."

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