Toleafoa "Sean" Auwae, the nation's No. 5 center, is officially a Vanderbilt Commodore. The big Hawaiian signed his official letter of intent around 11am CST on National Signing Day.
Auwae is one of the most highest decorated players in Vandy's Class of 2016. 247's composite rankings rate him as the team's No. 2 prospect, behind only JoeJuan Williams. At 6'4" and 296 pounds, he has the size to slide into a spot on the interior of the Commodore offensive line from the moment he steps on campus.
Getting Auwae to Nashville was a bit of a coup for Derek Mason. Vanderbilt was one of only four schools east of the Mississippi River to offer the Hawaiian a scholarship. In the end, he chose the Commodores over UCLA, Mississippi State, Arizona State, and Louisville.
Here's a look at the hand movement, quick feet, and strength that have made Auwae one of Hawaii's hottest recruits.
Auwae is the 19th member of Mason's third recruiting class at Vanderbilt. While he's not playing a traditionally sexy role in the offense, he'll be joining a tradition of stabilizing centers that includes recent standouts like Jake Bernstein, Spencer Pulley, Joe Townsend, and Wesley Johnson. If he lives up to his potential, he could make an impact on an offensive line that lost two interior starters to graduation this year. That's enough to make him the ulimate pickup on National Signing Day for the Commodores.
Auwae's letter of intent hasn't been received in Nashville yet, but the document has been signed and should be inbound to Vanderbilt's offices shortly. His mother Tweeted out this photo from his school's commitment ceremony this morning.
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