High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Kealakehe

POY Potential: Top Hawaii football recruits

September, 30, 2011
The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Luke Kaumatule
file photo/ESPNHSLuke Kaumatule is Hawaii's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Punahou School (Honolulu, HI) defensive end Luke Kaumatule

  • ESPNU 150 rank: No. 39 DE
  • Height: 6-foot-7
  • Weight: 242 pounds
  • College: Stanford (verbal)
  • Testing results: 4.99 40-yard dash; 29.3 vertical jump
  • Traits: Run defense, pass rushing, strength
  • ESPNU scouting report: "A defensive end was the top player from Hawaii in 2011 and it would not be shocking if a D-end leads the way again this year with Kaumatule coming from the Islands. This prospect is a towering kid who displays good physical upside. He is a tall kid and while he has solid listed bulk he does still seem a little lean and will need to add more good bulk to his frame. With time in a college weight program though, he should be able to develop his frame further."

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