Perennial high school powerhouse Euless (TX) Trinity hit the gridiron Wednesday morning for its…
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2012 LB Brian Nance 6'3"210 The Scout.com 4-star prospect is still not able to strap on the pads after having ACL surgery in the off-season, but says that he should not miss any time on the field and will be ready to play by the time the season kicks off. On the recruiting front he said he wants to narrow it down to four schools sometime soon and the schools he mentioned first were Arizona, Baylor, Nebraska and Oklahoma. He says he is also still interested in schools like Arkansas, UCLA, Cal, USC and Texas A&M. He does want to take some official visits and definitely has his eyes o the west coast for one of them. He feels the most comfortable with coaching staffs at Baylor and Oklahoma because he has been around them the most. He will announce his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. OL Hiva Lutui (6'2, 270) Lutui is fresh off of a commitment to UCLA and he is easily one of the most likeable players to be around off of the field and is just as mean and nasty as you can be out on it. Looked to check in around 6'1-6'2 range, but has added some more meat to his frame and looks well over 270. Trinity continues to move him around and he can play on either side and is open to possibly moving to center in college. He is one of the leaders of the team and he works hard. Not the type of kid you would see cheating himself or his team by not doing a drill correctly or not finishing. DE Polo Manukainiu (6'6, 256) The 4-star was not able to be at the practice today because of another scheduled event, but he was definitely missed as a number of people mentioned him not being there, including Trinity head coach Steve Lineweaver who wanted to make sure the guys told him about a contest to design a t-shirt for the game with Abilene. He is still rehabbing a PCL injury as well, but that injury does not require surgery and he will be good to go after strength training is completed. OU and Baylor have been on him for a while now, but keep an eye on UCLA, listening to the guys it seems the Bruins might have made up a lot of ground quickly and might could even be considered as the leader now. S Laiu Moeakiola (6'0,185) Another team leader who goes a little bit under radar, but will be a division one player. He made some big plays a year ago and has the respect of the team. Schools like Colorado and Tulsa have been mentioned in connection to his recruitment and have offered. He is also keeping his eyes on the west coast and a potential offer from UCLA. I thought he could grow in to an OLB after seeing him last season, but looked pretty good at safety today and is in tremendous shape. OLB Josh Saafi (6'2, 215) Little bit of a sleeper here who looks good after putting on a solid 15 pounds in the off-season. He did not get to play as much as a junior, but was one of the best players out there on the defense that lacked Nance and Polo. He has a really nice frame and moves well. Some schools looking for a player to fill that OLB/S type of position should definitely stop by and check him out. BYU is the only school on him so far and he camped there this summer. He will likely go on a mission after high school is done and return to football fray after. 2013 DE Sam Tevi (6'5, 250) Most take quick not of him on the field and rightly so. He is still young, but has a nice frame and one year from now you could be seeing an elite defensive lineman in Tevi. He is a smart player. He is not a big talker, especially when it comes to recruiting, but Oklahoma and BYU seem to be the two programs he has the most early interest in. DE Gaius Vaenuku (6'4, 245) He still needs to work on his techniques and assignments, but has a world of potential. He is super quick off the snap and gets to the ball carrier quickly. With talent on the roster ahead of him he will get the chance to have to push himself to compete for a spot and step up. He is one to definitely keep an eye on because the tools are all there for him to work with. Michigan, BYU, and Oregon are showing early interest. WR Jason Reese (6'3, 200) Last year Brandon Carter was the premier receiver for the Trojans, but this year it looks like 2013 prospect Jason Reese will be stepping in as the main guy. He has the size to be an elite receiver, but will also have to be a dedicated blocker to be the man in this offensive scheme. He busted off some nice routes and showed the ability to get open and he definitely passed the eyeball test, as he might have been the most impressive looking specimen on the field. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Oregon are the three schools who are showing him the most early love.
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