Head Coach Nolan Tokuda (© Barry Markowitz, 2010)
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.
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 (Idaho) and Art Laurel (Hawaii) 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, UNLV, 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)
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