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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Expect Hurricane to be force

6-foot-5, 310-pound Hasiak anchors the Kapolei offensive line

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

When Kapolei football coach Darren Hernandez went to look for prospective players at Kapolei Middle School five years ago, he ran into a 6-foot-4, 280-pound eighth-grader.

"I thought he was one of the parents," Hernandez said.

It turned out to be Stan Hasiak IV, who now is Kapolei High's 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior offensive lineman.

"He was 9 (pounds), 8 (ounces)," his father, Stanley Hasiak III, said of his son's weight at birth. "By third grade, he was pushing 200 pounds."

These days, the younger Hasiak is pushing defensive linemen to the ground or away from the quarterback. He does it so well that Division I colleges across the nation are hoping to have him on their campus next fall.

"I have a good idea of who will be my top five," Hasiak said.

He has accepted official visits to Southern California, UCLA and California. He can choose up to five expense-paid trips. Others wooing him are Tennessee, Louisiana State, Michigan, Washington, Colorado, Nebraska, Penn State and Hawai'i, to name a few of about 18 offers. He will take his trip to California the weekend of Oct. 10, when the Hurricanes have a bye. He'll take the other trips after Kapolei's season.

In the offseason, Hasiak was invited to the Ultimate 100 in Texas in May. He later impressed coaches at the USC Rising Stars camp, where he got to meet some of the Trojans' star players like linebacker Ray Maualuga and quarterback Mark Sanchez. Hasiak will be on national TV when he plays in the Under Armour All-America Game in Florida on Jan. 4.

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