A player who moved to the Pacific Northwest last summer and showed why he should be considered a rising star this offseason is Auburn Mountainview LB/DE Nicholas Aumua.
At 6’3″, 240 pounds, Aumua has the size necessary to be a factor on either side of the ball, but with his outstanding first step and non-stop motor, schools seem to like what he brings off the edge and that is where many are projecting him at the next level.
“I went to school at Artesia High School in Lakewood and then my mom and dad got a call to come up (to Auburn) as pastors,” Aumua told Northwest Elite Index. “I came up here and I wasn’t really sure about it, but I’ve had a great time and I feel like I fit into things pretty well.”
As a freshman, Aumua earned Second Team All-League honors from his defensive end position after posting over 40 tackles to go along with four sacks and was named honorable mention All-League for his efforts on offense.
“I have a good first step and I like to get after the quarterback,” Aumua said. “This year I want to be stronger and more aggressive. I feel very comfortable now and I think I can just let it go this year.”
On the recruiting front, Aumua has yet to see his recruiting pick up, but he knows he wants to hit some camps this summer to show schools what he can do.
“I have heard that the Washington coaches want me at their camp this summer and I’m definitely going to go to that,” Aumua said. “I’d also like to hit a bunch of other camps, Washington State, Idaho, Oregon, Oregon State and maybe a couple of other ones.
“I just need to sit down and figure out with my coaches and family what I want to do.”
Aumua also mentioned he is interested in attending some of the Barton camps that are going on weekly in the Puget Sound region.
“Anything that can help me improve is something I want to look at,” Aumua said. “I like competing and getting better and when I can face off against some of the great players in the area, that’s something I have to take advantage of.”
We will continue to keep track of Aumua’s progress this spring and we will update news as it happens with him.