Long runs, stiff arms and a whole lot of touchdowns. That’s Lompoc running back Toa Taua’s season in a sentence.
Taua — a 3 to 4-star recruit with scholarship offers fom Arizona State, Cal and Iowa State, among others — has been on a tear the first six games of the season. He started the year with a bang against Arroyo Grande and hasn’t slowed down. Last week, he posted video of more than six minutes of offensive and defensive highlights. One look at the video, and it’s easy to see why he’s the most highly sought after football prospect on the Central Coast.
The 5-foot-10, 207-pound senior is averaging more than 163 yards per game and has racked up 15 touchdowns and has four straight three-touchdown performances. Last week against Templeton, Taua ran for 214 yards on just nine carries, including a 99-yard touchdown run.
The Braves are 6-0 and will take on Pioneer Valley on Friday to open the Los Padres League season.
Taua is still weighing his college decision, but recruiting website 247sports.com predicts he will join USC after his senior season, a school that has shown interest but made no official offer just yet.