Former Euless Trinity football star dies in New Mexico car crash

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Texas A&M defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu, a redshirt freshman from Euless Trinity, died in a car accident during a trip home from Utah, school officials confirmed this morning.

A&M officials were still gathering details about the incident, a school spokesman said, and are expected to release more information later today.

Manukainiu, 19, was part of the Aggies’ 2012 signing class and redshirted last season. A report this morning by Foxdfw.com said Manukainiu was driving back from Utah when the wreck occurred north of Albuquerque, N.M. Two other teenagers died in the rollover accident, according to the Foxdfw.com report.

Manukainiu, a two-time all-district performer at Trinity, was rated as a four-star prospect in high school by ESPN and 247sports.com. He was considered a three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com.

In 2011, his senior season at Trinity, he helped lead the Trojans to an undefeated regular-season record before losing in the third round of the Class 5A Division I playoffs to Arlington Martin.

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