The most scrutinized high school football recruiting period in the “City of Arts and Flowers” over the last four years is anticipated to come to an end on Jan. 20.
That’s what Toa Taua of Lompoc High says.
“I’m picking my hat at the Polynesian Bowl. I’m looking forward to that. I’ve got a couple of schools I really like, but nothing set yet,” Taua told Lee Central Coast News before Wednesday’s practice.
Taua’s recruiting period was launched after his freshman season on varsity at LHS, as Washington State was the first to extend a scholarship offer to him. From there the likes of Cal, Hawaii, San Diego State and Nevada (his older brother Vai’s alma mater) have tried to court him through its football scholarship offers.
Even after Taua announces his verbal commitment to a four-year university, commitments are considered non-binding until a prospect signs his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 7.
So far this season, Taua has 1,119 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns for a Lompoc Braves team that has won 26 straight regular season games.
The Polynesian Bowl was launched in 2017 by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. The 2018 contest will be held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue and Super Bowl winning head coach Dick Vermeil are listed as head coaches for the game.
While Taua is nearing the finish line of his recruiting period, his teammate Jelani Henderson has seen a late start on his side. The linebacker said he took a recent unofficial visit to Sacramento State and has been in contact with the Hornet coaches since then. He’s also had Mountain West programs show some late interest.