Players went through SPARQ drills before concluding Thursday's session with full-padded scrimmages. The prospects in attendance were in no doubt awed by the coaching staff assembled at Bountiful High School.
"I got to learn from Norm Chow today," said Punahou quarterback prospect Kimo Makaula. "He's an absolute legend back home. He played at Punahou and it's always been my dream to meet him and to be coached by him, so yeah, I'm very grateful to be here."
Coaches were more than happy to help, and more than one Polynesian coach expressed how great it was that the high school athletes had an opportunity to learn from some of the best coaching talent in the country while preparing for the next level.
The group of top Polynesian talent was headed by Punahou's Manti Te'o. Te'o stood out from the other prospects athletically. It was this observer's first opportunity to see Te'o work out live, and I came away very impressed.
Those in attendance on Thursday said that Te'o could suit up for any major Division I program right now and fit right in. Te'o showed a quick burst, a physical presence and everything else one would expect from the nation's top linebacker recruit. Te'o also showed great intensity and effort as he learned from the all-star coaching staff gathered there.
Most of the top Polynesian athletes that were at BYU's padded camp earlier this week were in attendance on Thursday. That included Aulola Tonga and Jray Galea'i from Kahuku, Trendt Marsom from Mililani High, L.T. Filiaga from Bingham High School and Levi Te'o from Timpview High School, among many others. Xavier Su'afilo from Timpview was in attendance but did not suit up.
Another top recruit whose name should become well-known by next summer was V.J. Fehoko from Farrington High School in Hawaii. Fehoko is a 6-foot, 220-pound linebacker prospect who has already garnered three offers from Division I schools as he entered his junior season. BYU is very active in recruiting Fehoko.
TBS did video interviews with some of the top coaches and recruits. Recruits whose video interviews will be posted within the next couple of days include Manti Te'o, Xavier Su'afilo, L.T. Filiaga, V.J. Fehoko, Kimo Makaula and Cottonwood's Tim Katoa. TBS will be in attendance through Saturday and will interview most of the top recruits in attendance.