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Jul 4, 2013 1:17 AM by Andrew Masuda

Taua named MVP at elite camp with nation's top 150 recruits

Lompoc High football star Ainuu Taua opened even more eyes of college coaches and scouts on Wednesday with an impressive performance at the Opening. It's an elite camp in Beaverton, Oregon where only the top 150 prospects in the nation were invited to participate over three days at the Nike World Headquarters.

Taua, who's already received more than one dozen scholarship offers, took part in the 1-on-1 drills, which pit a top offensive lineman against an elite defensive lineman. The exercise allows players to show their burst off the line, technique and foot work.

Taua earned a spot in the Top 5 and was named the Defensive Line MVP for the entire drill.

The 5-11, 290 pound defensive tackle is already ranked among the top 200 recruits nationwide in the Class of 2014. He earned All-CIF and All-State honors his junior season for the Lompoc Braves.

Another bonus of the Opening is that Taua and the other lineman worked closely with NFL star Ndamukong Suh.

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