Coach's Corner: Siuaki Livai, Kahuku

Kahuku High on the island of Oahu is one of the top football programs in the West. Inside, Kahuku head coach Siuaki Livai talks about Colorado commit B.J. Beatty, who started at defensive end for Livai's Kahuku Red Raiders the past three seasons.

Siuaki Livai has been head coach at Kahuku High in Kahuku, Hawaii, for 10 years. Colorado verbal commit B.J. Beatty started at defensive end for Kahuku the past three years. Beatty had 17 sacks as a senior, and was named state defensive player of the year.

Kahuku has one of the top football programs in the island state. Competing in the largest classification, the Red Raiders have played for the state title five of the past seven years, and won the title in four of those years, including 2005. Kahuku is 3-1 in state title matchups vs. storied St. Louis High School since 1999. (Vaka Manupuna and Brian Cabral are St. Louis alums).

Beatty (pronounced Beety) is the nephew of former Colorado standout Chris Naeole, who also went to Kahuku.

BSN spoke briefly with Coach Livai Tuesday.

BSN: What kind of player has B.J. been for you at Kahuku?
Siuaki Livai:
He dominates the line. He's a first-team all-state, so that speaks for itself. It's not easy to make that in Hawaii. They pick four of the top linemen. And then, he's been starting for three years for me. He's a great player, great model. Good student. He's a great all-around person.

Off the field, he's a great kid. He comes from a great family.

BSN: What are his strengths on the field?
It's the motor that he has. Off the edge, he's really quick. He's full of technique. That's the bottom line.

BSN: You've got a pretty good football program there I know. How does B.J. compare to others you've coached?
He'll be a good one. He'll represent us well. Our program is really good. We have more NFL players than any other high school in the nation. We have the most NFL players. We average about eight guys going to Division I every year.

BSN: DO you know how many guys played in the NFL this past year from Kahuku?
Six guys.

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