Toleafoa “Sean” Auwae went in to The Opening LA regional camp as a fairly unknown prospect with zero power five offers. After winning the offensive line MVP award at the event, he quickly received his first two from Texas Tech and Washington State.
There will be others for the big man from Hawaii. The arrowing is definitely pointing up for Auwae, who still has a long way to go with his development.
Despite weighing 285, Auwae is nowhere close to maxing out with his weight. He should weigh well over 300 pounds at the next level. He moves well and has above average feet.
Auwae played all over the offensive line for Kapolei High and it’s mostly because he is athletic enough to do so. He pulls well and does a nice job of getting to the second level. He has also shows the feet and balance to slide naturally as a tackle in pass protection. His athleticism is also showcased by the effort he put forth. He will get downfield and look for an extra guy to block. I love seeing that.
From a technical side of things though, he looked extremely raw as a junior. His pad level was not great and he was a bit of a waist bender. I don’t think that is a flexibility issue though. It’s just him not knowing exactly what he is doing out there yet. I say that because I saw advancement with how he performed at The Opening in LA. He looked far more under control and his hand placement and punched was greatly improved.
One thing I did really like is that he flashed some nastiness. I think he struggled to finish blocks because of poor hand placement and fit. If he can fix that, he’ll turn some heads with a lot more finish in his game.
I like him more as a mobile guard than anything else, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a shot playing tackle at the next level.
Auwae is currently an unranked player at his position by three of the four major recruiting services and I can see why based on his junior film. The things he was able to do in LA though certainly are the kind of thing that should force those three to watch his tape more closely. I believe the foundation is there for him to be a very good offensive lineman at the college level and it’s going to be awesome to see how he develops as a senior and at the next level.
|Recruiting Site||Position||Position Rank||Stars|
Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).