The four-star safety from Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe is up to double-digit scholarship offers with plenty of other programs swinging through to check on him this spring evaluation period. What recruiters have seen is a rangy prospect with length and versatility to play multiple spots in the defense.
"I was definitely brought up loving USC," Pola-Mao told Scout.com. "My family has always been USC, USC, USC. I've got some family that has gone through there, so it's been USC growing up for sure. Right now they like me at safety, but if I get bigger and gain some weight, they might slide me down to outside linebacker.
"Notre Dame was big, too. Right now I'm trying to enjoy the moment and look at everything. Having these big-name programs come by our school to talk to me has been crazy and mind blowing. It's really humbling."
Up next for Pola-Mao is a drive up the West Coast to check out schools this summer, and a stop in Los Angeles to see the Trojans and rival UCLA, where relative Kennedy Polamalu is the offensive coordinator, is already in the works.
"With UCLA, they have been sending a lot of mail for a long time, and I would definitely like to go take an unofficial visit and check out campus," Pola-Mao said.
Arizona State has always been considered a contender for the 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect given proximity. The Sun Devils were among the first to join his offer sheet and Pola-Mao said that certainly carries significance.
"They are definitely up there," Pola-Mao said. "I want to stay close to family, but also want to get out there and experience things on my own, so we'll see what happens."
Pola-Mao said Texas A&M dropped by to see him Monday and the Aggies could be next to offer.
"It looks like a great environment just knowing you can run onto that field with the fans," Pola-Mao said of A&M. "It definitely gets you pumped."
There is no timeframe for a decision but Pola-Mao intends to trim his list in the coming months.
"I'm still trying to narrow it down," Pola-Mao said. "Hopefully I'll have it down some time closer to July, maybe a top eight or top five. I will definitely get to a top five by the end of my season."
Pola-Mao was credited with 95 total tackles and four interceptions as a junior last season, adding five touchdown receptions on offense in 13 games.