BEDFORD, Texas - Euless (Texas) Trinity is almost always one of the top teams in Texas as well as the nation and this season is no differently. The Trojans are currently ranked No. 16 in the country in the RivalsHigh Top 100 and are on a roll, defeating rival L.D. Bell 41-11 this past weekend.
Once again this year the team's defense is its bread and butter with the defensive line leading the way. A year ago, a relatively unknown junior defensive end named Polo Manukainiu was part of the line rotation and he has since gone on to pick up quite a few offers and commit to Oklahoma. This year a pair of juniors look like they could be on the same path.
"I played on varsity for half the season last year," 6-foot-4, 244-pound end Gaius Vaenuku said. "I didn't start or anything though. I guess I'm just a rookie but I think I'm doing well so far. It's pretty challenging. It's been fun to get this experience and have a chance to help us possibly win another state title."
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Also part of the rotation is Sam Tevi, a junior with even less varsity experience than Vaenuku.
"I only played on varsity for the playoffs last year," the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Tevi said. "It's way faster from JV. The tempo and everything is just totally different. I think I've gotten it down and I'm playing well."
Though neither prospect saw much action a year ago they have still drawn the eye of a Big 12 powerhouse.
"I really don't know. I guess he keeps it a secret from us," Vaenuku said, laughing, of his head coach. "They don't tell me anything. I just play. The only school I've really heard from is Oklahoma. They invited me up to their game. It's a good school and Polo is going there."
Tevi had a chance to take in a game in Norman recently.
"I'm hearing from OU so far," he said. "I just recently went to the OU-Missouri game. It was pretty cool. I got to see the stadium and it was really nice."
Both prospects say they did not grow up watching any particular program and that they are completely open to the recruiting process.
"Not really," Vaenuku said about having any early favorites. "I'm just looking for a college that has a good defense. I want to try to go to the league."
However, both players' faiths will have an impact on their eventual destination. Both belong to the Mormon church and plan to serve a two-year mission when they turn 19.
"I'm LDS )Latter-day Saints)," Vaenuku said. "I plan to go on my mission so I'm looking to see that the college I want to go to will let me go on my mission and serve."