Popo Aumavae (Brandon Huffman)

Popo Aumavae Will Look at UCLA

Nov. 30 -- Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's two-way lineman Popo Aumavae committed to Oregon just a couple of weeks ago but will now have to figure out his next move in light of former head coach Mark Helfrich being fired on Tuesday...


Popo Aumavae is one of the region's top two-way lineman and has the ability to play defensive tackle or offensive guard in college. He's a big, physical player who's a road grader on the offensive line and a run stuffing tackle on defense who's strong enough to take on a double team and still get a push.

Aumavae officially visited the Oregon Ducks the weekend of (Nov. 12) and committed on the visit. He remains committed to Oregon but will now take some official visits following the firing of former coach Mark Helfrich.

"I'm kind of lost on what to do now," Aumavae said. "I just had a home visit with Coach Helfrich and Coach Greatwood on Sunday so this was surprising to me. I think he's a good coach, he had one bad year and is let go, it just doesn't make sense to me."

Aumavae said he would like to take a few official visits and has one already locked in.

"I'm going to visit UCLA (Jan. 13)," Aumavae said. "Coach Angus McClure came by today and I think he's coming back again next week. I really like him a lot, he has been recruiting me for a long time and even after I committed, he still stayed in touch with me.

"I would like to visit to Michigan and USC as well and I'm not sure about that last one. We're still playing right now so I haven't set anything up for early December. Right now, I'm still planning on staying committed to Oregon. I want to see who they hire and what other coaches are on the staff. It's a tough time but I'm still a Duck and just want to play the process out and see what happens next."

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