Spencer Hafoka Receives First Offer from BYU

One of Hawaii's top wide receiver recruits confirmed last week he received his first scholarship offer from BYU. More are expected.

Spencer Hafoka, the 6-1, 180-pound all star from Kahuku High School, spent almost seven weeks in Provo attending the Cougars' summer camp and working out independently with former assistant BYU strength/conditioning coach Tui Filiaga.

Hafoka's elder brother, Saia Hafoka, left for an LDS mission straight from high school. The 5-9, 165 pound wide receiver may be switched to another position because of the current depth at wideout. Spencer plans to follow the same route by serving an LDS mission straight out of high school before enrolling at BYU.

Filiaga's son, Isley, is considered Utah's top defensive tackle prospect from this year's Cougar recruiting class, is currently awaiting word from the NCAA Clearing House as to whether he is academically eligible to play for BYU this fall.

Hafoka posses speed, quickness and disciplined route running skills and Utahns will have a chance to see him firsthand in elite prep action in August when Kahuku High, the 2003 Hawaii Prep Bowl champions, plays Skyline High in Utah.

Last season, Hafoka stretched opposing defenses for 1,029 yards on 29 receptions to lead the Kahuku Red Raiders to their fourth state championship in five years. Hafoka helped his team erase a 14-point deficit to perennial powerhouse St. Louis School with two receptions for 63 yards.

"I had a touchdown during the championship game, but the refs didn't call it a catch," Hafoka said.

Commenting of his strenuous workouts with taskmaster Filiaga, Hafoka said, "It's my hardest workouts, but yet I feel it's done a lot. It will help me out with the upcoming season. I feel I couldn't have spent my summer any better." Filiaga volunteers his time training other athletes in strength, and agility conditioning. Siua Sikona, attended junior college in California last season and sought out Filiaga as a personal trainer to help him prepare to walk-on as a linebacker at BYU this fall.

Filiaga's off-season pupils included former BYU and current Seattle Seahawk tight end Itula Mili prefers Filiaga to five personal NFL trainers he has hired over the past few years.

Hafoka's evaluation on Filiaga's workout sessions? "It's gotten me stronger, really quick, which wasn't what I've focused on in past years. Going into my senior year, uncle Tui pushed me in my lifting. I've been here for about six weeks, and we did a lot of leg workouts which helps me with my speed. We did quick drills and stuff like that. It was all business. I just had to train and get ready for my senior year."

Hafoka uncle, Kalepi Ofahengaue, a former BYU linebacker and current football assistant at Long Peak High (Utah), commented on his nephew's workouts.

"Right now, he's doing a lot of conditioning and agility drills. He should be up to at least 185-190 if he keeps it up. He looks good. He'll be a high 4.2 (40), maybe a 4.3 guy."

Jason Long, Lone Peak High's top athlete and Div. 1 recruit, played with and against Hafoka during the recent BYU summer camp. "That kid (Hafoka) is really fast. I can see why he has a scholarship to BYU already. He runs great routes. It was a lot of fun going up against him to see how I compare to that type of talent. I think I did pretty good."

BYU was Hafoka's first scholarship offer. "It makes me feel big time happy. As long as I can take the talent I have and use the opportunity to get to the next level and work hard. It means a lot. During my junior year, I was thinking, ‘Oh man, what if no one offers, but now BYU has offered and there are other schools that I'm talking to. They'll probably start calling soon."

Hafoka said BYU coaches paid close attention to him at their summer camp. "They talked to me last year as well, but they weren't too worried because I was a junior. They told me they want me to play for them and that I would be good in their offensive scheme where they pass the ball a lot.

"(BYU head coach Gary) Crowton told me that he really wants me to be here. I'm just happy about it and I'm looking forward to this upcoming season. I'm going to put it down from the first game to the last," Hafoka said.

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