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Friday, August 31, 2007

Seattle Times Article on Alameda Ta'amu & Senio Kelemete

By Sandy Ringer

Seattle Times staff reporter

Brawn and brains. Size and strength. Athleticism and attitude.

If Coach Frankenstein wanted to assemble the perfect high-school offensive lineman, he'd start with heaping helpings of those ingredients. Fold in footwork, character and selflessness, and he'd surely mold the kind of player it takes to excel at the next level and beyond.

Today's prep linemen are bigger, faster, smarter, stronger and edgier. And some of the state's best will display their monstrous talents at Seattle-area schools this fall — Alameda Ta'amu at Rainier Beach, Senio Kelemete at Evergreen of White Center, Trevor Guyton at Redmond, David DeCastro at Bellevue and Drew Schaefer at Eastlake of Sammamish. All but Ta'amu, who has several Division I offers, have accepted Pac-10 scholarships.

Intelligence | A lineman's education includes studying playbooks and — eventually — reading defenses. Alameda Ta'amu of Rainier Beach:
Pos. OG/DT
Height 6 feet 4
Weight 330
Bench 360
Squat 500
40 time 5.3
College Undecided

Strength | Weight-room work helps players muscle up and develop the all-important initial burst.
Senio Kelemete of Evergreen:
Pos. OT/DE
Height 6 feet 4
Weight 270
Bench 315
Squat 415
40 time 5.0
College Washington

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