Elite junior has local leader

DL Ainuu Taua

Lompoc (Calif.) is home to one of the region's top junior prospects in defensive lineman Ainuu Taua, whose offer list is now past the double-digit mark.

Ainuu Taua is a load in the middle of the defensive line and is moved all over to take advantage of mismatches. At 6-1, 280 pounds, he'll likely play on the interior the next level.

"He'll be a nose guard or a one-tech in college," Lompoc coach said Andrew Jones. "He's a monster who dominated for us on both sides of the ball. He could be an All-American offensive guard if a team wanted to play him there. We moved him all over and even with two guys blocking him, he still collapsed the pocket every play."

On the recruiting front, Taua's offer list has expanded greatly in the past few months.

"The entire Pac 12 except USC, Oregon and Stanford has offered," Jones said. "He also has Hawaii and Vanderbilt and is hearing from schools like Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, Florida State and Wisconsin. I know there are a bunch of others but those are just the ones that have contacted me, I know a lot of schools hit him up on Facebook all the time.

"I think right now, Ainuu wants to go through the process and I don't see him committing early. UCLA is his early leader, I know he likes them a lot. They're local and he's close with his family. That was one of his first offers so he's high on them but I think he wants to take his visits before he commits anywhere."

Tauu is currently rated the No. 12 junior in the West Coast class and the No. 1 DT prospect.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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