The Just Win and All-Poly camps have brought a lot of recruiters to Hawaii

About how the Just Win football camp last week and the All-Poly Camp (which started yesterday) brought the recruiters to Hawaii, Keith Amemiya (executive director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association) said:
“it is incredible the people that come through here now.” (HA)

“We’ve never had this kind of exposure before.” (HA)

UHA Note: “UCLA, Colorado, Washington, Texas Tech, Oregon State, Utah, Nevada-Las Vegas, with USC and Stanford on the way, are among those with representatives joining UH in its well-contested backyard., and are among the major recruiting services that have made the state a must-check out destination.”

About the increased interest in local recruits, Norm Chow said that when he started recruiting Hawaii for BYU in 1976 there were:
“maybe two or three schools recruiting here regularly. It used to be a big deal to have two scholarship offers.” (HA)

HA Note: “Until recently, several of the local prospects who sought to put their talents on display had to go to Mainland camps. Those that could afford the considerable airfare and expenses, anyway. But no longer. From Game Plan Football, to UH coach Greg McMackin’s camps to “Just Win” and All-Poly, the showcases now abound.”

About having the All-Poly Camp in Hawaii, Sam Papali’i (former Kealakehe High School coach who was an assistant at UH, Utah, UNLV, and Iowa State) said:
“This is the biggest thing we’ve had here. There hasn’t been anything better for the prospects of this state.” (HA)

HA Note: “The three-day camp at Kapi’olani Park features such notable instructors as UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow, Colorado assistant head coach Brian Cabral and Brigham Young defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi, along with several others with strong Hawai’i ties, like Oregon State defensive line coach and Radford High graduate Joe Seumalo, Utah State defensive line coach Chad Kaha’aha’a (Baldwin) and Central Arkansas defensive backs coach Corey Batoon (Saint Louis). Hawai’i associate coach Rich Miano and director of football player personnel Tony Tuioti also are serving as instructors.”

HA Note: “Camp spokesperson Linda Fehoko estimated about 90 percent of yesterday’s 300-plus participants were from Hawai’i, including several from the Neighbor Islands.”

HA Note: “Greg Ladky and Barton Simmons of gathered data from 150 camp participants yesterday, and said they expect to eventually post prospect profiles of “about 75” All-Poly prospects on their Web site, which he said “fluctuates between fourth and sixth” among the internet’s most-visited sports sites. Ladky said in the past, about 50 Hawai’i kids per year would get their profiles posted, and many would not appear until later in the football season.”

About the importance of having rivals come to Hawaii in the offseason, Ladky said:
“What this does ( coming to Hawai’i) is get these kids into our database earlier. Before, we would learn about the Hawai’i kids, but the information was not as quick. The process of a ‘sleeper’ getting noticed would happen really late. This is a tremendous opportunity for these kids, even way beyond the 50-75 whose profiles will be posted. It’s huge, especially for the ‘second-tier’ guys who might get noticed.” (HA)

About how ESPN brought 6 representatives from its high school recruiting division to the All-Poly camp, ESPN senior director David Geaslen said:
“We follow the top recruits in the country, and when you look at the number of Division I prospects every year, the Hawai’i kids stack up well.” (HA)


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