Popo Aumavae (Brandon Huffman)

Four-Star lineman Popo Aumavae close on visits

Aug. 18 -- Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's is home to one of the region's top two-way players in talented lineman Popo Aumavae.


Popo Aumavae is a two-way player who could end up as an offensive guard or defensive tackle/nose guard at the next level. He's a physical player with a dominant style of play.

He's a road grader on offense, a very good run blocker who just mauls opposing lineman at the HS level. On defense, he's a strong run stuffer who can take on a double team and still get a good push. He's a high motor player who brings a ton of intensity to the field and has a nice upside to him.

On the recruiting front, Aumavae hasn't set up any of his visits but has a good idea where he'll take them.

"The schools I know I'll visit as of right now are the USC TrojansOregon DucksMichigan Wolverines and Mississippi RebelsOhio State would be a dream offer for me and they would definitely be in my top five as well but I haven't heard much from them yet.

"I visited USC and UCLA over the summer and enjoyed both visits quite a bit. Coach (Angus) McClure is a great coach and a great guy at UCLA, they're probably in that No. 6 range for me right now. With USC, I really like the atmosphere there. There's just a different feeling you get there and that's a big reason why they're high on my list."

Aumavae said the Poly connection he has at Ole Miss and Michigan is a big reason they're on his short list.

"I've built a good relationship with Coach Ben Aigamaua at Ole Miss," Aumavae said. "Same thing with Coach (Tony) Tuioti at Michigan. They're good guys and being Polynesian make it even better, we have that connection. Oregon is a great school that has been recruiting me hard for a long time so I'm looking forward to seeing them up close.

"Right now, I'm being recruited as both an offensive and defensive lineman, it goes back and forth. I prefer defense but I've said this before, I'll play anywhere to help my team win a national championship. Right now, I'm just waiting things out a bit and should be able to lock in some visit dates pretty soon here."

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