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Sunday, January 29, 2012

SPARQ stars emerge in Honolulu

HONOLULU -- The 2012 Nike Football SPARQ Combine tour kicked off Saturday at St. Louis School in Honolulu as over 450 participants were tested while competing for potential berths to The Opening under sunny skies. The headline performers coming in did not disappoint, led by Punahou (Honolulu) linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea.
The 6-foot-3, 231-pound Savaiinaea, who was an all-state selection this past season as a junior, posted the combine's top SPARQ Rating at 110.82. The skilled linebacker returned two kickoffs for scores as a junior and flashed his athleticism on Saturday as he clocked a 4.66 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.14 shuttle, threw the power ball 38 feet and jumped 31 inches in the vertical.
"I think I could have done a little better in the vertical jump," said Savaiinaea afterwards, "but overall I'm pretty happy with my results."
The ESPNU 150 Watchlist prospect reports offers from Stanford, Hawaii, Arizona and Colorado.
"I'm open to everybody right now," said Savaiinaea, "but Stanford stands out because they've already offered, but USC and Oregon are two other schools I'd definitely like to hear more from."
Right behind Savaiinaea in terms of an eye-opening outing was Waianae (Hawaii) defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimaseali'i, a 6-foot-1, 300-pounder who stunned onlookers by clocking a 4.99 40-yard dash on his way to a 98.25 SPARQ Rating.
An all-state selection in each of the past two seasons, Tulimaseali'i also threw the power ball 43 feet, good for second-best at the event. He stood out in the linemen 1-on-1 drills with his quick burst off the line, and physically looks like a fullback or linebacker, not a 300-pound defensive tackle.
"Right now I don't have any offers yet," said Tulimaseali'i, "but I'm hearing from Hawaii, Colorado, Alabama, Florida State, UCLA and some others."
"I'm going to try and get to the mainland in the summer for some college camps," said Tulimaseali'i, "I'm totally open to any school regardless of location."
St. Louis (Honolulu) standout Reeve Koehler was the top player on the offensive side of the ball in drills and also tested well, finishing with an 89.43 SPARQ Rating. Koehler says he is hearing from all of the Pac-12 except USC and has offers from Washington, Utah, Washington State and Hawaii.
Kamehameha School's (Honolulu) Shaun Kagawa was probably the top skill player in attendance, as the wide receiver/defensive back clocked a 4.53 40 and finished with a 109.56 SPARQ Rating, good for second-best at the combine. He also impressed in 1-on-1 drills as a receiver; running crisp routes and using his speed to create consistent separation.


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