Here’s a list of the top performers by position at the 2007 PIAA skills competition. Because no testing was involved, college coaches from all over the states could watch. Colleges that had coaches in attendence include Hawaii, UCLA (including Head Coach Karl Dorrell), Oregon State, California, Washington, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Stanford, San Diego State, Arizona, Utah, UNLV, Weber State, Western Oregon and others.
Top Gun: Michael Hoke – Kamehameha. Hoke was the best pure passer at the camp, and it wasn’t very close. At 6-foot-1.5 and 186 pounds, Hoke has the size you need right now at the D1 level, and I expect his recruitment to pick up as much as any recruitable athlete on the islands.
Mason Koa – Kapolei
Thomas Illae-Timoteo – Castle
Cayman Shutter – Punahou (2009)
Kimo Makaula – Punahou (2009)
MVP: Dalton Hilliard – Punahou (2009). Not too many people know about Hilliard right now, but that will change a lot after this effort. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound running back will undoubtedly get short shrift this fall behind all-everything prospect Manti Te’o, but don’t be fooled; Hilliard’s array of moves and speed will be hard to miss.
Kama Bailey – Damien
Joshua Fernandez - Farrington
MVP: Chase Alcott – Campbell. Alcott, at 5-foot-4 and 141 pounds, doesn’t fit the mold of a Division-1 receiver, but neither did the top pass-catcher on the islands last year – Aiea’s Lofa Liilii – and he’s going to Oregon State. Alcott constantly made defenders look foolish and never dropped a ball. While Chase may have had the best day, the biggest reveleation came from 2010 prospect Taz Stevenson from Mililani. Stevenson showed an incredible burst during power runs (match races) and physically did look every bit the kind of player you’d like on the edge.
Bruce Andrews – Kalaheo
Jantz Bullock – Kamehameha
Ekolu Soon - Kamehameha
MVP’s: Mykenna Ikehara - Kamehameha; Kahai Choy – Kamehameha. Ikehara and Choy were by far the most combative and held up the most consistently against a deep and talented group of defensive linemen, thus leading most in attendance to believe that the Kapalama campus is going to be able to move the ball a little bit this fall. Ikehara, at 6-foot-2.5 and 273 pounds, definitely showed the best hands of all the linemen, and really knew how to fight and stay with his man. Choy, a good 20 pounds under his normal playing weight of 265 pounds, still battled on every snap he was a part of, and definitely got his shots in as well.
Daniel Kaanana – Kamehameha
Lika Aviu – Aiea
Othaniel Maiava – Kapolei
Sililo Pale III – Mid-Pacific
MVP’s: Geordon Hanohano – Saint Louis; Solomon Koehler – Castle. This group wasn’t as deep as in years’ past, but the top two guys are as talented as any that have come before them on the islands. Hanohano is not a huge run-stuffer (6-1, 273), but he is a very tough, rugged, athletic DT that could be extremely effective in a one-gap system. His camp performance earned Hanohano an offer from San Diego State, to go along with an earlier offer from Arizona. Koehler is an absolute beast. At 6-foot-2 and 308 pounds, when he wasn’t just bull-rushing OL’s over, Koehler was using his cat-quick feet and technique to swim, rip and roll through the best the islands offer. He’s arguably the most dominant defensive lineman since Tennessee picked up Kahuku’s J.T. Mapu.
Zach Ka’ahanui – Central Catholic (Portland, Ore., 2009)
MVP: Montay Rover – Moanalua. Any DE on the islands right now that can outplay Damien’s Haku Correa, you take notice, and while Montay Rover wasn’t a known player before he’s definitely known now. Correa has the offers (UH, SDSU, Arizona, Boise State, Utah and Colorado), but Rover had the game to outplay the island’s best offensive linemen. At 5-foot-11.5 and 216 pounds, Rover could very easily play inside linebacker, but his quickness off the edge is something Mililani will definitely take advantage of.
J.J. Autele – Punahou
Aaron Tipoti – Word of Life (Pac-Five)
Marcus Gonzalez – Saint Louis
VJ Fehoko – Farrington (2010)
MVP: Manti Te’o – Punahou (2009). In my opinion, not only was Te’o the top player of this camp, he’s the top high school player in the state of Hawaii right now, regardless of position or class. I first saw Manti at a camp in Utah the summer before he even enrolled in high school, and back then he was physically 4-5 years ahead of his class. Even now – at 6-foot-1 and 231 pounds – Te’o is a physical freak of nature, but it’s the way he carries himself, the way he involves others around him and the way he takes control of what’s happening on the field in any situation that truly makes him one of the special players of the game. He will be a sure-fire national Hot 100 player for the class of 2009. I’ve never gone on record a year in advance, predicting that a player is a can’t-miss prospect. I have now. Manti Te’o is a can’t-miss prospect. In the words of more than one college coach in attendance Saturday as they watched Manti work out, ‘He’s the reason I’m here’. Look for his recruitment to be just sick.
Kawika Borden – Pearl City
Danny Kekoanui – Waianae
Dillan Hanawahine – Kalaheo
Kaimi Salangdron - Kamehameha
MVP: Joshua Costa – Kamehameha. For Costa to be named the top saftey at camp is a testament to his play, as Kahuku’s Shiloah Te’o already has offers from both Utah and BYU and also had an outstanding day. Look for the 5-foot-7.5, 171-pound Costa to be recruited more at corner, but at least for this day he was the best safety at camp.
Conrad Scheidt – Kamehameha
Joey O’Connor – Saint Louis
Trendt Marsom – Mililani (2009)
MVP: Cody Kilthau – Mililani. The 5-foot-10, 158-pound Kilthau showed a nice backpedal, good change of direction in the hips and very good speed against the top receivers in camp. His recruitment will definitely pick up after a solid showing.
Lake Casco – Lahainaluna
Tevitasiu Tafuna - Punahou