After committing to Oklahoma in September, only to learn a few months later the Sooners would no longer honor his commitment, Euless Trinity DE Polo Manukainiu is focusing on three schools with less than a month remaining before signing day.
"My top three is Utah, Baylor and A&M. But Baylor and A&M are leading it," Manukainiu said.
Manukainiu (6-6, 265) visited Utah last month and has additional visits scheduled.
"This weekend I am going to UCLA with our linebacker Brian Nance, our lineman Hiva Lutui and our safety Ilaiu Moekiola," he said.
"The next week I am going to Baylor and the last week of the month I am going to Texas A&M."
Lutui and Moekiola are committed to UCLA while Nance has given his verbal pledge to Baylor.
Manukainiu said while he is very high on the Bears and has made several unofficial visits to Waco, one school in particular has been pushing hard for his commitment as of late.
"This past month, A&M has recruited me really hard. They were my favorite school from when I was little and now they are in the mix," he said. "The old staff contacted me (last month) and a week later, the coaches got fired."
He said even though those recruiting him, including former Aggies linebacker coach Dat Nguyen, were relieved of their duties, there has been no shortage of contact from the new staff, including new head coach Kevin Sumlin.
"Coach Sumlin is coming up to visit me in two weeks," he said.
Manukainiu said LSU has also shown interest recently and Oklahoma even stopped by Trinity High School last month.
"They came to our school to talk to me but my coach told them that I wasn't interested in them anymore after they dropped my offer," he said.
Playing with Nance and former Trinity teammate Suleiman Masumbuko, a redshirt freshman defensive lineman at Baylor, is an enticing factor in his decision but where he ends up is ultimately where he feels most at home.
"I am looking for the best fit for me," he said.
Manukainiu plans on making his decision on the morning of Feb. 1, which is National Signing Day.
- Matthew Reagan