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Polo Manukainiu, Hiva Lutui deciding soon

1/24/2012

Euless (Texas) Trinity recruiting coordinator John Thompson on Tuesday said the college decisions for four-star defensive end Polo Manukainiu and high three-star offensive guard Hiva Lutui could be made by the end of this week.

Manukainiu, who decommitted from Oklahoma last month, visited Baylor this past weekend and is scheduled to visit Texas A&M this weekend. Manukainiu has offers from both schools, as well as Utah, that he is considering.

Baylor is intriguing as it received a verbal pledge from one of Manukainiu’s teammates and closest friends, four-star linebacker Brian Nance, during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7 in San Antonio. Manukainiu additionally has offers from Oregon, Miami, Arkansas, UCLA and a host of other schools.

“He had a good time at Baylor this past weekend,” Thompson said of Manukainiu, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end. “I can’t say where he’s going to end up, but he said he’s going to decide by Sunday. He’s going to go where he feels most comfortable.”

Lutui may be more of a question mark in regards to recruiting. After decommitting from UCLA last week, Lutui was looking at USC and UCLA, but Thompson said he has put both schools as secondary options after taking a visit to Los Angeles. Currently, Utah and BYU are frontrunners, and Washington is considered a darkhorse, as the Huskies came into the picture Tuesday.

“They called me [Tuesday] morning,” Thompson said of Washington, which is making a push as a west coast recruiting power with the additions of Tosh Lupoi and Peter Sirmon on staff. “The last week and a half has been crazy. He’s going to think about it more the next couple of days.”

Manukainiu is considered the No. 33 defensive end in the country. He is ranked No. 55 among players in Texas. Lutui is considered the No. 50 offensive guard in the country and No. 107 among players in Texas. Thompson said Trinity will have its signing day ceremony at 8 a.m. on Feb. 1.