Bruins On Short List for 4-star DT Popo Aumavae

Mar. 21 -- Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's defensive tackle Popo Aumavae has settled in at defensive tackle and has seen his recruitment take off...

Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's defensive tackle Popo Aumavae (6-4.5, 295) has decided that the defensive line is home for him.

And because of that, Aumavae has 16 offers and more could be coming in this spring for the four-star.

"I didn't expect it to blow up like this," said Aumavae. "I knew if I worked hard, it would come.  I love the game of football and I'll play wherever they want me to play.  But most of the offers are coming for the defensive line and I like playing on the D-line.

While Aumavae said he doesn't have a top five or any real favorites yet, three of his offers are standing out.

"The ones I really like are OregonMichigan and UCLA," said Aumavae.  "But everything is still open and I want to take as many visits as I can.  I'm just feeling those right now."

Oregon was Aumavae's favorite school growing up and the offer from the Ducks was a big one.

"I was always an Oregon fan so when they offered, I was really excited," said Aumavae.  "Coach (Ron) Aiken is the one recruiting me and I like them a lot."

UCLA was one of Aumavae's earliest offers and the Bruins will likely get an unofficial visit from him this spring.

"Coach Angus (McClure) offered me during my season and that offer was exciting," said Aumavae.  "That was one of my first offers and one of my first Pac-12 offers so it meant a lot to me.  They were one of the first to recruit me as a defensive lineman.  I'm hoping to go down and check them out this spring."

Michigan was one of his biggest national offers.

"That one was really exciting," said Aumavae.  "Coach (Jay) Harbaugh offered me and is recruiting me and I'm talking with Coach (Tony) Tuioti (the director of player personnel)."

Washington is also in the mix for Aumavae, and is the only place he's had a chance to take an unofficial visit to.

"My first actual unofficial visit, and only real one really, was to Washington," said Aumavae.  "It was really nice. They have the academics set up well and it's tightly run and their athletics are really nice.  Coach (Bob) Gregory and Coach (Chris) Strausser are the main ones recruiting me."

Aumavae is hoping to check out Cal too this spring and possibly USC.

"The California schools that I can drive to, I want to see them, so UCLA, Cal and maybe USC too," said Aumavae.

Aumavae anticipates going through the process for a while before making a decision.

"There is a good feeling with a lot of schools but I want to be able to take some visits and check some schools out before I commit," said Aumavae.

Aumavae will be at The Opening Oakland regional in May.

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