Kaumatule Deflects Recruiting Attention

KANEOHE, HI - One national scouting service has Canton Kaumatule the number one player for the class of 2015. That's all well and good for the 6-foot-7, 275-pound defensive end from the Punahou School in Honolulu, but his thoughts about recruiting and scouting services are as distant as the mainland from his hometown. Right now Kaumatule's thoughts are solely focused on the Buff 'n Blu.

"There's been a lot of publicity the last few days, but I tell my friends and family, 'Don't believe the hype'," Kaumatule told Scout.com at the recent PIAA Combine at Castle High School. "Everyone out here works together as a unit…the whole community.

"I'm not really focusing on college recruiting right now. I'm still new to the game, I'm still learning about recruiting and we'll see what happens."

While Kaumatule isn't focused on it, that hasn't stopped college recruiters from making a beeline to Kale Ane's office just north of the H1. At 6-foot-7 and 275 pounds, Kaumatule - the younger brother of Stanford's Luke Kaumatule - has been drawing a massive amounts of attention ever since he put on a Punahou jersey. The number of offers at this point doesn't even matter; he'll have his choice of top programs when he's ready to make his college decision.

"I don't mean to be negative, but my combine scores are alright, my stats are alright - but I think the thing that stands out the most is my size," Kaumatule said. "You don't see too many people 6-7 with the big weight, coaches tell me. I think that's the main thing."

Has coach Ane ever tinkered with Kaumatule as an offensive weapon for the Buff 'n Blu? "Last year they tried to throw me in at fullback formations…we never really ran it but we'll see for what they have planned for me this year," he said with a sly grin.

Kaumatule was supposed to work out at the PIAA combine but injured his ankle while preparing for the events. "My ankle isn't too severe…I injured it a few days ago practicing for the combine," he said. "One of my cleats underneath me ended up breaking while I was doing a shuttle drill. We're still planning on going to a few camps…the main one that we're definitely going to is the Stanford camp to see my brother. But my main thing is football training right now."

It's hard to dismiss Luke's fondness for his older brother, and in an ideal scenario the younger Kaumatule wants to reconnect with big brother in college if at all possible. "I've known Luke since I was a baby and we've done everything together," Canton said. "It was hard when he left. I'll be more than happy to play alongside him again. I'm working at it and we'll see what happens, really."

While Stanford certainly has a ton to offer Kaumatule, Canton isn't signed, sealed and delivered to anyone just yet. Expect many schools to bust out their best moves to woo Kaumatule away from the Cardinal clutches. "Cal-Berkeley came by and that was interesting," he said. "They had a 100-yard training table! Whoa! That seemed attractive."

And maybe a massive buffet might be one thing of many that ultimately sways Kaumatule in a certain direction. "The local boys, we'll take as much as we can get!" he exclaimed with a chuckle.

At this point it's hard to say exactly what will do the trick considering Kaumatule has put everything recruiting on the back burner. But once the season is over Canton Kaumatule's name will be on the lips of every top program in the country as the recruiting process picks back up in earnest.

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