Nebraska’s pipeline gained another big body to a future recruiting class by tapping into its historic Hawaiian lineage.
Preston Taumua, a 4-star interior offensive lineman from Waipahu High in Aiea, Hawaii, committed to Nebraska on Sunday. The top-15 lineman made the announcement at the end of a commitment party in Hawaii.
Taumua, 6-foot-4, 315 pounds, is a consensus 4-star recruit and was heavily recruited by Nebraska offensive line coach Donovan Raiola. His only stop in Lincoln is an official visit in June. That visit and the connection with Raiola helped him choose being a Husker over Arizona, Alabama, Oregon and Auburn. National scouts call him an elite offensive line prospect and future Power 5 starter. He’s noted for his flexibility and mobility while getting to second levels, as well as his agility in pass protection.
While Nebraska’s last scholarship recruiting class signing came in the last century, the program boasts a history of developing Hawaiian big men. That includes Dominic Raiola and Toniu Fonoti, both with established NFL careers, as well as Tony Tata, Cornealius Fuamatu-Thomas and Junior Tagoa’i. That history could play a role for the proud Hawaiian. Taumua is already committed to playing in the Polynesian Bowl.
Taumua’s decision makes him the No. 24 commitment in Nebraska’s 2024 recruiting class and fifth offensive lineman. The Huskers already hold commitments from Gibson Pyle, Landen Davidson, Jake Peters and Ashton Murphy on the offensive line. Although Murphy, a two-way player at Elkhorn South, may move to the defensive line upon arriving in Lincoln.