Euless (Texas) Trinity is always one of the top teams in the state, as well as the nation, year in and year out. They fell one game shy of a state and national championship in 2010 but the Trojans look ready for another run next season.
The junior class at Trinity is one of the best in the state with the defense returning several key players. One of the best among them is Polo Manukainiu and the 6-foot-5, 253-pound defensive end is starting to receive interest from several colleges.
"I've been hearing from some schools," Manukainiu said. "I've been hearing from Kansas State, Kansas, Baylor, OU, Notre Dame and some other schools."
Manukainiu had planned some campus visits in recent weeks but was unable to make them.
"I was going to go to some junior days but there was a funeral that I went to," he said. "I may try and visit some places later on this spring. I really don't know where yet though."
While he has generated a lot of interest to this point, Manukainiu is still waiting on his first offer.
"Nobody has really said anything about offering just yet," he said. "I think that may come soon. They just tell me to come visit and they would give me a ticket to their games and stuff."
The big defender says he hopes one school in particular extends an offer.
"(Texas) A&M, that's like my family school," Manukainiu said. "I grew up watching them because I had three of my uncles play for that school. I'm related to Lee Foliaki, Semisi Heimuli and some others that played for A&M. I'm also close to Moses Vakalahi."
Manukainiu was able to take a couple of unofficial visits to College Station in the fall.
"I went down there at the beginning of the year twice to visit," he said. "They told me to come by for some games and to visit. I liked it down there. They have real nice facilities and I like the team and coaches."
Manukainiu earned first-team all-district honors, the only junior lineman in the district to do so, after racking up over 60 tackles and five sacks as a junior.