*UPDATE* Texas A&M’s Polo Manukainiu killed in overnight car crash

Photo via 247 Sports

Photo via 247 Sports

Details are extremely limited at the moment, but the most tragic of them are horrifically clear: Texas A&M defensive end Polo Manukainiu was killed in an overnight car accident.

He was reportedly driving back to College Station from Utah.

Headed into his sophomore season for the Aggies, Manukainu was a 6-foot-5, 275-pound defensive end out of Euless, Texas. He starred at Trinity High before joining A&M as a three-star rated recruit by Rivals.com.

He sent out this tweet just before he started his trip:

The thoughts and prayers of everyone here at Gamedayr are with his family at this time.

*Update* 10:50 a.m.

Tragically, Manukainiu was not the only person, or college football player, in the car when it crashed. Freshman Utah defensive end Gaius Vaenuku was also killed in the crash. Vaenuku’s Utah teammate, freshman Utes guard Salesi Uhatafe, was airlifted to a Texas hospital and is reportedly in critical condition.

There were two other friends in the car as well. They were not football players, and we do not have their names as of this update. One, only 13 years old, was cousins with Manukainiu and Vaenuku. Tragically, he also lost his life.

We do not know the status of the fifth person in the car as of this update.

All three teenagers were teammates at Trinity High in Euless. The Dallas suburb boasts a strong Polynesian population and is a regular recruiting area for Pac-12 and Big 12 teams.

Vaenuku was a 6-foot-6, 260-pound, four-star recruit. He chose Utah over Florida, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame and several others.

Uhatafe is a 6-foot-5, 300-pounder who was rated as a three-star pickup for the Utes. He chose Utah over Arizona State, his only other big-time offer.

Players have taken to Twitter to voice their support:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • LSUFAN

    my condolences to this young man’s family and team.

  • tom

    Go Gators