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Polo Manukainiu headed to TAMU

1/29/2012

Four-star defensive end Polo Manukainiu (Euless, Texas/Trinity) is headed to the SEC.

After a tiring process, the 6-foot-5, 255-pound end announced on local television that he has verbally committed to Texas A&M. He chose the Aggies over Baylor, Utah and Arkansas.

“I love the tradition and the fans,” Manukainiu said on local television in Dallas. “My mom likes it, and I like it. It’s about to be hell up in the SEC.”

Manukainiu had four ball caps representing each school, and Utah -- a school believed to be a close third -- was the first to be tossed. Arkansas was next tossed, leaving A&M and Baylor. He put on the Aggies cap, giving the program its 21st commitment.

Manukainiu visited A&M this past weekend and said he thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Additionally, Manukainiu will continue a family tradition of playing for the Aggies. His uncles, James Heimuli (1996-99) and Lee Foliaki (2004-05), have worn A&M jerseys.

“I expect to come in and compete for starting spot,” Manukainiu said.