Position: Defensive End
Previous College: Mesa (Ariz.) Community College
Status: On Scholarship
Aulelio Olomua (b. Oct. 19, 1992) is the lone junior college recruit in the 2015 class. I view that both as a sign we're getting on a better footing with high school recruits and that his was viewed as a position of high need for impact.
With both Ryan Mueller and Laton Dowling graduating, there is a pair of spots opening up at defensive end. Tanner Wood only can fill one of those, so the coaches went and found the best JUCO player available to help supplement.
However, temper thy enthusiasm. Mueller is nearly irreplaceable in terms of motor and our track record lately with JUCO players is that they generally don't amount to much more than backups in their first year on campus.
Add in the fact that Olomua is coming off surgery in the offseason and won't be on campus until this summer, and it's very hard for me to project that he will be more than a rotation player this fall. But that's really all we need.
At Mesa Community College, he played for the Thunderbirds under head coach Ryan Felker and was rated the 11th-best community college defensive end by ESPN.
Olomua carded 83 tackles in 2014, including six tackles for loss and two sacks, and he tallied three double-digit-tackle games as a sophomore, including a career-high 12 against Glendale (Ariz.) Community College.
He was named a second-team performer from the Western States Football League and Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. He made 49 tackles as a freshman, which included four for loss and 1.5 sacks.
An all-state player under his head coach and father, Pita, as well as coach Kelley Moore, Olomua made 50 tackles, including six sacks, as a high school senior, while tallying 94 tackles and 23 sacks as a junior.
He originally signed out of high school with BYU, where his brother, Bristol, played eight games as a true freshman wide receiver before later transferring to Texas Tech. You can watch Olomua's JUCO highlights here.