Ainuu Taua recently landed his first SEC offer and the 2014 defensive tackle from Lompoc, Calif., is excited about it but also a little hesitant.
The 6-foot-1, 285-pound prospect has been offered by Vanderbilt and while it's a big offer especially for the junior recruit it's also far away from home and that could play a major factor in his decision-making process.
Being so far might be an issue as his recruitment moves forward.
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"It was a big surprise," Taua said.
"We talked a little bit but I haven't really been talking to them much. They just offered me and it's something I'll consider. It's an SEC school and that's big but it's a hard choice because Vanderbilt is far and family is important to me. I don't know if I'll go that far away."
Recruiting has been really busy for Taua, who also has offers from Arizona, Cal, Hawaii, UCLA, Utah and Washington.
There is a bunch of interest coming in from Boise State, Colorado, Washington State and Taua said he's been hearing more from Michigan as well.
It is still early for the 2014 prospect but UCLA and Washington have emerged as two favorites although Taua still wants to consider all the programs recruiting him.
Two weekends ago, Taua and some of his family members attended the UCLA game and he's also been to Washington to visit.
The SEC offer from Vanderbilt is definitely something Taua will consider in his recruitment but he said he'll weight it against staying closer to home, playing somewhere in the Pac-12 and having family close to him to see him play.