Huskies have their eyes on Pauu

With two offers under his belt, Servite (Anaheim, Ca.) LB Butch Pauu is already on the radar as one of the top junior players in the country at his position.

"I have an offer from BYU and my coaches might know about more offers," Pauu told "I know Washington was really close to offering me, but I haven't talked to them about if they have offered yet.

"My coaches have been talking to the coaches there and they said it was going to happen, but I haven't been able to find out if Washington has offered yet." has been able to confirm that Pauu does indeed have an offer from the Huskies and he mentioned that he hopes to get up to Seattle at some point in the near future to see the campus and the program up close.

"I definitely want to hit their camp in the summer, but I might come up to check them out during the spring," Pauu said. "I also want to hit USC's Rising Stars camp and maybe a few other schools that are showing me interest.

"Oregon and Nebraska are both recruiting me pretty hard and I am getting a lot of attention from Colorado, Utah, Stanford and Oklahoma, LSU and even Alabama has started to recruit me."

Pauu is a physical prospect, able to hold up well at the point of attack and he credits his father, Yepi, with his success.

"My dad played at San Jose State and I try to emulate him and his style of play," Pauu said. "He's been coaching me ever since I was a little kid, so everything I have acheived, I owe it to his direction and coaching.

"I want to get stronger and to be even more physical than I already am. My dad really used his hands well and I think I do that pretty well, but I want to get better and better this summer."

Pauu is LDS and he said he plans to take his two year mission and the schools he will heavily consider need to be open to him leaving after his freshman season.

"I told my coaches to tell every school that wants to recruit me that I am planning to take my mission," Pauu said. "That will be a big factor in where I end up -- will the coaches be okay with me leaving for two years?

"I also will look at the academics, the coaching staff and how I feel like I can get along with them and take to their coaching. I also want to see the defense they are running and see how I would fit into it.

"Really, it will be the whole picture and not just one or two things."

As far as a timeline is concerned, Pauu said he and his parents have made the commitment to decide before the start of his senior season so he can concentrate on football instead of recruiting.

We will have more on Pauu in the coming weeks and months as he gets deeper into the recruiting process.

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