Despite being in an area not necessarily known for its football talent compared to the rest of Oahu, Leilehua has done a nice job putting players in college and the NFL. Andrew Manley
(New Mexico State
), Robert Siavii
) and Art Laurel
) are a few recent Leilehua grads, and Adrian Murrell, Al Harris
, Lauvale Sape
and Paul Dombroski are some former Mules who have gone on to have success playing pro football.
Manley, Tokuda and Siavii (© Barry Markowitz, 2010)
This year Tokuda will have his hands full replacing Manley - a three-year starter - but his defense should be solid. It's led by 2011 prospects Austin Schmidt
, Stockton Crowley
, Ryan Pasoquen
and Dillon Pauu
Schmidt, a 5-11, 210-pound linebacker, is hearing from Wyoming
, Weber State and Idaho. He's also a very smart kid, boasting a 3.8 GPA, so places like Yale, Harvard and Stanford
have also been snooping around.
Austin Schmidt (© Barry Markowitz, 2010)
Crowley is a 6-0, 175-pound outside linebacker prospect who is hearing early from Hawaii, UNLV and Idaho. Pasoquen, who Tokuda compared favorably with 2009 prospect Brian Suite
from Punahou - who signed with Utah State
- is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound safety prospect, and might just be a bigger hitter than Suite. He's also a smart student, with a 3.3 GPA. Idaho, Weber State, Hawaii and Wyoming have been talking to Pasoquen so far in the recruiting process.
Ryan Pasoquen (© Barry Markowitz, 2010)
Pauu, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound safety prospect, is already hearing from UNLV, Hawaii, Weber State and Idaho.
Dillon Pauu (© Barry Markowitz, 2010)
Other 2011 players who look to be difference-makers for Tokuda this fall include OL Kalawaia Jenkins (6-1, 230), WR Darrien Shealy (6-1, 175), WR Fred Padrones (5-9, 175) and LB Darric Matsumiya (6-1, 185).
For the 2012 class, Russell Siavii
- brother of Robert - is holding it down as a 6-foot-2, 170-pound safety. Other junior-to-be prospects to watch out for this coming fall include DB Reece Acohido (5-10, 170), DE Peni Melei (6-1, 175) and ATH Miah Andrade (5-7, 150).
Russell and Robert Siavii (© Barry Markowitz, 2010)
NEXT STOP: Mililani Trojans
WAHIAWA, HI - For the first school in our Hawaii Blog - where we will try and hit at least one school a day during our two-week swing through the islands, it was fitting that we go a ways from the outskirts of Honolulu to Leilehua High School, a program that has a proud tradition. The Mules are coached by Nolan Tokuda, and they won a state title in 2007 and lost in the semifinals in 2009.