May 2, 2013 9:01 PM by Andrew Masuda
The United State Army paid a visit to Lompoc High School on Thursday morning. The mission was to congratulate football star Ainuu Taua on his nomination for the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game.Taua is believed to be the first player from the Central Coast to be nominated for the premier national high school All-Star Game that features the top ninety graduating seniors in the nation.
Taua, a 6-1, 270 pound defensive end, is one of 400 players nominated nationwide for the 2014 game that'll be played on January 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Taua recorded 49 tackles and 7 sacks despite getting double and triple teamed on the defensive line as a junior for the Braves. He earned All-League, All-CIF and All-State honors.
He's received 13 scholarship offers from Division I FBS level programs like UCLA, Wisconsin, Nevada, Washington, Fresno State and Ole Miss.
A committee will select the final 90 players and start to announce them in the fall.
In the game's history, more than 200 NFL players have taken part in the All-American Bowl including Percy Harvin and Andrew Luck.
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