Hawaii Defender Talks FSU and Recruiting

Florida State doesn't typically recruit football players from Hawaii, but this year they are targeting one of the island's best in Shaydon Akuna. NoleDigest caught up with Akuna to talk about his most recent offer and to see if the Seminoles have any shot at him in his recruitment.

Hawaii has been producing BCS caliber recruits by the dozens over the past few seasons, and this year is no different. One of the state's top performers is 6'3" 210 pound defender Shaydon Akuna from Kapolei High. While he is listed as a safety on Scout.com, schools are recruiting the hard hitter as a linebacker.

Akuna told NoleDigest that his recruitment is heating up, and that his most recent offer is from a program he has followed since he was a youngster.

"Things are picking up for me and coaches have been calling," said Akuna of his recruitment. "I just got the offer from Florida State and that made me really happy because it's been a dream of mine since I was a kid. The other schools that have offered are Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and San Diego State. USC and Arkansas have talked to me about offering and they want me to come see them."

It's not typical to see a Hawaiian favor a school like FSU because of the proximity, but Shaydon says he's always liked the intensity of the defense. Now that he has an offer from FSU does that propel the ‘Noles to the top of his list?

"I grew up dreaming of playing for FSU, and now that I have the offer it is there for me," said Akuna. "It is something that I am really considering but I am keeping my options open right now. I always liked how FSU was a dominant program and that they brought it every game. I love watching them play."

The fact that FSU isn't having the season they wanted Akuna says that isn't playing a role in his recruitment.

"It is not hurting them," Akuna said of FSU's season. "I really don't look at it that way."

This past weekend Shaydon says he spoke to several coaches before the Clemson game.

"I called Coach Coley Saturday before their game this past Saturday," Akuna said, "and he let me talk to some of the other coaches so I could introduce myself. They talked about how they really wanted me there."

The 3-star recruit says that it's his effort and hard work that makes him stand out.

"I think the thing that makes me stand out is hard work and effort," explained Akuna. "Everyone has their own opinion of what a good player is but I guess I have what schools want. I can play defensive end, middle or outside linebacker. I can also play strong safety. Whatever gets me on the field faster is what I want to play."

Shaydon says he's taken a visit to Oregon State and that he has one lined up to Arizona upcoming. The Beavers set the bar high for Akuna, thus all of the other schools moving on forward have to beat that visit if they hope to land Akuna's signature on Signing Day.

"I have a visit to Arizona upcoming and I plan on visiting FSU too," said Akuna. "I visited Oregon State so far. That was a great visit and I really liked it. I think I fit in there because they have a lot of Polynesian players and that made me feel comfortable. That visit set my expectations high. I know schools like FSU typically don't recruit here but it would be big to be the first one to go there."

Akuna says his decision could come anytime after his visits up until Signing Day. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for more updates with Shaydon, as well as the rest of the recruits from the 2010 recruiting class for FSU.

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