Nua's versatility makes him special

With the 85-man scholarship limit, schools across the country are looking for players with the versatility to play multiple positions. Arizona Western OL Travis Nua (6-3, 290) currently holds down the left tackle position for the Matadors, but he's got the feet, strength and athleticism to play almost anywhere along the offensive line.

"I like playing tackle, but I really don't care where I end up," Nua told this past weekend. "I mean, most of the schools recruiting me right now are looking at me as a guard or center, so honestly, it really doesn't matter to me."

Nua has prototypical size for a center and he's got the strength (a 385 pound bench press) and feet to play guard.

After prepping at Waianai High School in Oahu, Nua figured out he wasn't going to qualify, so he decided to head to the one school that would pay for his schooling.

"I didn't want to burden my mom with bills and stuff like that so I decided Arizona Western was the best place for me since they offered me a scholarship," Nua said. "I really like it here a lot. The coaches are great and I feel right at home here."

On the recruiting front, Nua doesn't have any offers at this time, but a few schools have made contact.

"A bunch have sent letters, but only a couple are recruiting me really hard right now," Nua said. "Middle Tennessee and Nevada are the two that are after me the hardest right now, but I'm open to pretty much everyone."

Other schools who have shown interest include Boise State, Hawaii, UNLV, Baylor and Utah State.

Nua will finish his two-year degree in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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