Mililani coach Rod York (© Barry Markowitz, 2010)
MILILANI, HI - The coaching carousel even extends to the islands, where former Mililani Head Coach Darnell Arceneaux was recently tabbed as St. Louis' new head coach. That means the Trojans have a new head coach, but he'll be familiar to their fans; Arceneaux's defensive coordinator Rod York takes over, and he'll have a lot of talent to work with.
The Trojans will lose WR/S Taz Stevenson, who will be matriculating to Washington, and Zach Quines, who is expected to land at Arizona Western College after signing with Hawaii. But that doesn't mean the shelves are bare at Mililani.
To start, quarterback Trent McKinney is coming off a season that saw him throw for 1900 yards and 20 touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound signal caller looks poised for a huge season. Washington State has already offered McKinney, and he said that he's also receiving interest from Washington, Utah, Stanford and Colorado.
Trent McKinney (© Barry Markowitz, 2010)
McKinney has a couple of huge possession receivers to help him out in Hassan Richardson (6-4, 190) and Ervan Jeanpierre (6-4, 185). Richardson, also a heavily-recruited basketball player who plays for the Honolulu Sharks during the summer AAU circuit, is a big target who also has plenty of speed outside to get past defenders. During the practice I saw, he made a number of highlight-reel catches. Wyoming and San Diego State have already offered Richardson, and Colorado and UNLV have shown serious interest.
Hassan Richardson (© Barry Markowitz, 2010)
Jeanpierre is a recent transfer from El Paso, Tex. who is hoping to garner some recruiting looks down the road, and if defenses look too hard in Richardson's direction Jeanpierre could have a big year. He's not as polished as Richardson is, but he definitely has his size and similar athleticism.
On defense, York has his Taz replacement in Elijah Lagafuaina, a 6-0, 200-pound safety prospect. Hawaii, SMU, UCLA, Northern Arizona, Wyoming, Arizona and Weber State are all showing interest this spring, but he's really hoping to hear from one school in particular - the Washington Huskies. According to Lagafuaina, it's not just his friendship with Stevenson that has him admiring the Huskies; his father lives in Seattle and he's also cousins with 'Aiea DT Lawrence Lagafuaina, who signed with UW in February.
Another thing that will help York is the fact that he has a number of seasoned linemen, including DE Kawika Barabin (6-0, 210), DT Brandon Takadena (6-0, 220), C Chase Yamada (5-10, 300) - a three-year starter, OG Cameron Lalau (6-3, 330), 2012 OT Ryan James (6-3, 250) and OL Jarrod Serrao (6-1, 250).
Cameron Lalau (© Barry Markowitz, 2010)
According to York, Wyoming is showing interest in Barabin, while Pacific is chasing Yamada and Washington likes Lalau. Serrao is Mormon and looking at BYU as a possible destination.