Toleafoa Auwae is a name to remember. The junior out of Kapolei High School had an impressive offseason and is quickly earning the reputation as one of Hawaii's top linemen. Auwae was named an offensive line MVP at the All Poly Camp in Utah and was also one of the top interior linemen at Michigan's team camp earlier this summer.
"I wanted to get off the island and compete this summer," Auwae claimed. "Me and a few of my teammates went to Michigan's camp and that was a great experience. I ended up working my way onto their "Team X", which is for their elite prospects. I got really good feedback from the coaching staff and they are going to be watching me closely this season. I want to go back to Michigan next summer and hopefully earn a scholarship."
"All-Poly was another great experience for me. I was there with my brother and a few teammates and I thought we represented Kapolei well. I picked up my first offer from Idaho State at the camp. I also got really good feedback from Wisconsin and BYU when I was out there. I walked away with MVP honors, which was really great."
Auwae is part of an offensive line that would make most colleges look small. His older brother, Viliamu Auwae is 6-5 285 pounds and the other offensive tackle, Pesi Savea is 6-7 305 pounds. Most high schools would love to have Auwae play tackle for them, but Kapolei has the luxury of playing him at center. Auwae is comfortable playing anywhere on the line.
"I'll play offensive tackle, defensive tackle, guard, or center," Auwae explained. "Most college are talking to me about playing guard or center, I am open to playing whatever helps my team win. Michigan has mostly been talking to me about center, while BYU and Oregon are like me at guard or center."
Auwae's older brother, Amu has a few early offers, including BYU. The two brothers have always planned to play together, and as of right now, that's why BYU may be a leader.
"Playing with my bro has always been something I've wanted to do," Auwae stated. "We took a visit to BYU together earlier this summer and that was really nice. They treated us like family and we really hit it off with the coaching staff. Coach Atuaia and Coach Tujague are really cool and have done a good job keeping in contact with us. We are both pretty high on the Cougars."
"I am obviously open to playing anywhere though. If Amu commits somewhere, and then I get some offers from schools that I like, I am totally open to playing without him. Oregon is a school that I am definitely interested in right now. Coach Greatwood has been in contact with me and is monitoring how I do this fall. Hopefully I get an offer from the Ducks, that would be awesome."
Auwae has all of the tools to be a very good guard at the next level. He has a great frame to be an interior linemen and possesses a lot of body control. Auwae's sophomore tape shows a road grader that is also sound in pass protection. When Auwae has access to a D1 strength & conditioning program, he could transcend into special football player.
(Auwae receiving his All-Poly MVP trophy)