Prospect From Hawaii High on the Tigers

A 2007 football prospect from Hawaii, Sam-Earl Fehoko, is coming off an impressive junior season and an impressive combine. The defensive end and outside linebacker discusses recruiting and his interest in Auburn.

Honolulu--Sam-Earl Fehoko hasn't played football for very long, but he is obviously a quick learner.

A defensive end and outside linebacker for Farrington High School, he is expected to be one of the top prospects in the state of Hawaii this season.

He already has six scholarship offers and more could be on the way. He is hoping that one will be from Southeastern Conference power Auburn, which just happens to be Fehoko's favorite college.

"I have liked Auburn since I was little," he says, noting that former Tiger and pro superstar Bo Jackson, who was a three-sport star at AU, helped spark his interest in the Auburn program.

With the Tigers being regulars on national television annually, even a young man growing up thousands of miles away from the AU campus has an opportunity to see a good bit of Auburn football.

"I really like the way Auburn plays defense," he says. "I think I could fit in to that style of play because one of my strengths is my quickness."

The defensive end is shown at last week's combine in Honolulu.

Fehoko, who was named defensive MVP at last week's Scout.com Combine in Hawaii, measured in at 6-1 1/2, 215 pounds at that event. He was impressive in everything he did from one-on-one drills to his pro shuttle agility time of just over four seconds, which shows he is quicker than most running backs and defensive backs.

Fehoko notes that he stays in touch via emails and text messages with Auburn defensive ends coach Terry Price, who is recruiting Fehoko.

The defensive standout is also an honor student. He recently won an award as one of the top student-athletes in Hawaii. "I have a 3.9 grade point average and I just received my SAT score and I had a 1360," he says.

Although Fehoko has only played two seasons of football, he managed to rack up 77 tackles with 25 for losses last season, including 13 quarterback sacks. He intercepted a pass, blocked a punt and helped his team post a 10-4 record.

When asked what is the best part of his game, he says, "I would say my quickness and my strength. I think my pro agility time at the combine showed that. I like to use my quickness to get by the blockers before they can touch me."

Fehoko's strength is impressive, too. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 19 times and squats 360. A year earlier, he notes that he could do 185 pounds 15 times on the bench press so he has made significant improvement in that area.

Early offers have arrived from six colleges including the University of Hawaii, Utah, San Diego State, UNLV, TCU and Houston. In addition to Auburn, he is also being recruited by Tennessee from the SEC along with Pac 10 schools UCLA, Cal and Oregon.

Fehoko's brother, Willie, has signed to play as an offensive guard at San Diego State this year. "He's a lot wider than I am," says Sam, who adds, "He also got last-minute offers from Nebraska and LSU, but decided to go to San Diego State."

The defensive end/linebacker says he is flattered to receive recruiting attention from the Tigers. "My ambitions are great and I have high expectations of myself," says Fehoko, who says he plans to be a tireless worker to continue to improve as a high school senior and collegian.

"Who would think that Auburn would look at kids in Hawaii? I know I am the first kid they are ever looking at out here in the middle of nowhere. And it's made me work extremely consistently hard...My goal is to be the best defensive lineman in the state of Hawaii this year."

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