David Veikune prior to the Campbell High School football player's junior year, after his family had moved from the mainland to the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Kenessey, who just finished his fourth year as head coach at Campbell, quickly realized he had a player. Veikune verbally committed to attend Colorado in December. Kenessey recently spoke with BuffCountry.com about the future Buffalo."> David Veikune prior to the Campbell High School football player's junior year, after his family had moved from the mainland to the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Kenessey, who just finished his fourth year as head coach at Campbell, quickly realized he had a player. Veikune verbally committed to attend Colorado in December. Kenessey recently spoke with BuffCountry.com about the future Buffalo.">

Coaches Corner: Tumoana Kenessey — Campbell HS

Tumoana Kenessey first met <a href="http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=148&p=8&c=1&nid=1097670">David Veikune</a> prior to the Campbell High School football player's junior year, after his family had moved from the mainland to the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Kenessey, who just finished his fourth year as head coach at Campbell, quickly realized he had a player. Veikune verbally committed to attend Colorado in December. Kenessey recently spoke with BuffCountry.com about the future Buffalo.

"He has a tremendous work ethic," Kenessey said. "He's a relentless competitor. I mean he hates to lose."

Veikune (pronounced Vay-kú-nee) started on the defensive line for Campbell the past two years. He was named first-team all-Hawaii by both the island's two biggest newspapers following his senior season. Veikune stands 6-3, and weighs in the 270-pound range, according to his coach, and was the first defensive end to verbal to Colorado this recruiting season.

Kenessey said Veikune has been a highly coachable kid.

"The first time I met him, he already had skills," Kenessey said. "What he did was he worked hard at getting stronger in the weightroom. He went to a couple camps. That showed his dedication to getting better.

"Coaching him is a pleasure because, for one, he listens. And, two, he goes all out on every play. There's no stopping him."

Campbell has sent several football players on to Division I schools in the past, mostly UH and Utah. WR Cliff Russell, a Campbell product, played for the Utes before getting drafted in the third round by Washington in the 2002 NFL Draft.

Kenessey said Veikune compares favorably with former Campbell players who have played college ball.

"I believe he's one of the great ones," Kenessey said. "What he has in comparison with the other great players that have come through Campbell is he's very competitive and he's relentless on the field. He's aggressive. He doesn't take a break. That pretty much epitomizes great players, they don't take vacations. And he's an every-down player."

Kenessey also said Veikune has some versatility.

"If you wanted you could put him at a linebacker, or tight end. He has great hands," he said.

Veikune visited Colorado in mid-December. He told BuffCountry.com earlier that he "loved the program, the coaches, and just the whole presentation of the way they set it up. Vaka(Manapuna) was my host and we just ate with the team and some other things. It was really kicked back there. I committed there the Tuesday (Dec. 23rd) of the week after I visited."

Kenessey added that Veikune chose Colorado, in part because of the academic opportunities in Boulder. Veikune said he wants to major in computer science. Kenessey also said that former Hawaii high school great and current CU assistant coach Brian Cabral did a good job recruiting Veikune.

"I think Cabral was very sincere," Kenessey said. "I think he got along well with the parents. That's a big influence, especially in Hawaii. Polynesians, if you connect well with the parents, they have a lot of influence. And Cabral was great."

David is a grayshirt candidate and if he does decide to enroll in the Spring of 2005 he will still move to Boulder in early July of '04 to better prepare himself.

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