USC and Long Beach Poly have had quite a connection in recent years as SC has had several Jackrabbits become major contributors including Kareem Kelly, Darrell Rideaux, DeShaun Hill, and Mike Pollard in this year's senior class. Poly freshmen Winston Justice and Hershel Dennis are expected to contribute for the 2002 season also. Add to that possibly Darnell Bing, Marvin Simmons, Ray Tago, and Manuel Wright in the near future, and Poly is well represented in Cardinal and Gold. In keeping with highly recruited Poly players who have interest in USC is Junior Lemau'u. Junior is a 6'4" dynamo at defensive end who has a non-stop motor. He is currently 240 pounds and runs a 4.8 forty. Add to that a max bench press of 385 pounds and a max squat of 530, and one can see why Junior takes allot of pride in his conditioning.
Lemau'u attended both the Nike Camp at USC as well as at Stanford. He felt the Stanford Camp went better for him as he was better prepared for it. The SC Nike Camp was a last minute decision for him. As one can guess from his Samoan heritage, Junior has a strong work ethic and is a captain on the Poly team for the 2002 season. The main variable he is working on improving at is his explosiveness off the line and being consistent with it all game long. He likes the way Grant Wistrom of the St. Louis Rams plays in this regard. Junior was 1st Team/Dream Team - Press/Telegram last season, and 1st team All-CIF Southern Section among other awards from his junior year. He had 10 sacks at defensive end, and also played as a blocking tight end on offense. He plans on playing the same positions this season for Poly.
Several schools have offered Lemau'u coming into his senior season, however he has a list of five favorites. They are: USC, Oregon, Tennessee, Miami, and Washington. All have offered from that group except for Miami. Junior plans on tripping to those five schools and making a decision sometime in late January. Among those five, Miami, Oregon, and USC currently stand out.
USC stands out for Junior for several reasons. He obviously knows several of the players at SC because of the Poly connection. Junior also knows many of the Samoan players from SC like Fred Matua who attends the same church as Junior. Lemau'u really likes Coach Orgeron and his style of coaching and teaching. He likes Coach Carroll because he is very personable and a defensive oriented head coach. Coach Pola is also someone Junior mentioned as being available and easy to get along with. Junior has not been to an SC game at the Coliseum, but hopes to make the Auburn game on September 2nd, as he is really looking forward to it.
Currently, Junior and his teammates are preparing to go to Hawaii for their first game of the season against Island power Kahuka in September. He's really looking forward the season highlighted by the October 12th game up at Memorial Coliseum on the Cal-Berkeley campus with a rematch against Concord De La Salle.
Junior is planning on taking the SAT in November along with several other Poly teammates. He would have liked to have taken the test earlier, but his games conflict with days/times the test is given in September and October. He would like to major is business in college. He has one little brother who plays Pop Warner football in Cerritos. He likes to listen to Old School Reggae in his free time. Junior wears #1.