"The Hawaiian Bunch"

BYU hosted a group of five Islanders last weekend. Hawaii's top receiver gives some insights into how the "Hawaiian Bunch" liked their official recruiting trip to Brigham Young University. Cougar fans will be very interested to hear what the All-State prospect had to say.

Spencer Hafoka returned from Provo excited and even more enthusiastic about BYU. Leaving the North Shore of Oahu, Hafoka came to the Wasatch Front with four other Hawaiian prospects to tour the campus, met the coaches and check out the new facilities.

"Oh yeah man, we had fun," Hafoka said. "We got in and Kaufusi picked us up and we went straight to I-HOP. Pretty much swept I-HOP clean. I don't think they're in business anymore because there was five of us from Hawaii. I don‘t think they‘re going to let us back in there.

"We went straight to the school and met the coaches. We checked out the campus and toured the facilities. All the boys thought it was great man."

The four other Hawaiian prospects include Kahuku High School CB Al Afalava, Castle High School LB Blaise Soares, Farrington OL Shawn Sisifo Lauvao and Kaipoli High School OL Ikaika Moleta.

"Al Afalava, Blaise Soares, Ikaika Moleta and Shawn Lauvao all came down on their trip and they loved it, Hafoaka reported. "I think [Afalava] is considering BYU now. I don‘t think a lot of these boys knew what to expect. It was much better than what they expected.

"I met Blaise in track when we were freshmen. I think after this trip I got to know him a lot better and even though he is [not an LDS church member] he considering it. I'm really sure he's considering BYU now. He was stunned by how many seniors graduate on the team. It was 100% and he was surprised by that. Lauvao is considering it too."

There were reports that Kahuku High School defensive back star Al Afalava, a 6'0", 180 pound 4.5 forty speedster is listed among the top 75 high school defensive back prospect nationally, had committed to Oregon while on his official recruiting trip there.

"I went to Oregon with him on that trip," explained Hafoka. "He said the coaches bent what he said. Nah, he didn't commit to Oregon. He loved it to at BYU, we both enjoyed it.

"He enjoyed it and he's LDS too, so that's a plus. Right after this trip they offered him. He's a strong safety, he's the man right there."

To some among the Kahuku's football team, Afalava is known as, "The Hit Man."

"Aw man, he brings the helmet and not only that, he's got some serious speed," said Hafoka. "Check out his highlight film and you'll see what I mean."

Hafoka has a few more trips to take before publicly announcing where he plans to continue playing football at the collegiate level. Stay tuned Cougar fans.

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