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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Top Prospects Compete at Hawaii Camp

HONOLULU – It was a unique and rare scene on Monday afternoon in Honolulu, Hawaii. Around 300 of the top Polynesian prospects from the islands of Hawaii, some from the mainland and even some visitors from American Samoa were gathered to compete in the inaugural Hawaii All-Poly Camp.

The roster of players alone was enough to set the stage for a phenomenal three days of work at the camp but the roster of coaches on hand to work with the prospects only raised the bar.

Among the colleges represented at the camp were UCLA, Washington, Oregon State, BYU, Louisville, Arkansas State, Utah, Utah State, Boise State, Texas Tech and a host of other programs. UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow, Hawaii head coach Greg McMackin and New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine were a few of the notable coaches that made the trip to evaluate and coach up the talented but under-exposed prospects in Hawaii.

While the first day of work, consisted of a heavy dose of installation, technique work and teach periods, the talent that the coaches came to work with did not disappoint, particularly the linebacker group. Linebackers of Polynesian descent such as Lofa Tatupu, Rey Maualuga and most recently Manti Te'o have been making a name for themselves on the national stage of late and the class of 2010 in Hawaii looks to be poised to continue that trend.

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