Hawaii Blog - Day Three

WAIKIKI - As we get closer to the top combine in the Pacific run by the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance, Scout.com continues to put in the legwork to see the top talent in person. On Thursday we went to Moanalua High School to see arguably the top prospect in the islands, Scott Pagano, and then we went to Punahou to see arguably the other top prospect - Isaac Savaiinaea.

Pagano, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive lineman, was available for interview - and I'll have that full story on Friday. While he works on trimming his list down to 10 schools, here's Scout.com's Top-10 on Pagano, who just might be the highest riser in the west when it comes to recruiting:
1) Pagano claims 45 scholarship offers, the latest coming from Georgia on Wednesday.
2) According to Moanalua Head Coach Arnold Martinez, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Wyoming, Kansas, Arizona, Colorado, and Washington are just a handful of the programs that made it through the school in the past week.
3) Pagano expects to have a list of his Top-10 or so schools in late July, but will announce his current No. 1 school Saturday at the PIAA Combine at Saint Louis.
4) He has four official visits already planned: Nebraska, Baylor, Clemson, and LSU. He'll pick his fifth visit soon, and it'll be a school from either the SEC or Big-12 Conference.
5) He will visit the east starting July 14th through the 23rd, with stops at LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Clemson.
6) He's fully on track to graduate, carrying a current B+ average.
7) He prefers to play in a 43 front where he can play the 3 or 5-technique.
8) He is part African-American, part Italian.
9) He grew up in San Diego, where he was a fan of USC and Florida football, and moved to Hawaii when he was seven.
10) He currently claims a 380-pound bench press, 550-pound squat lift and 5.1 40-yard dash.

Pagano is not the only Menehune that colleges are looking at. According to Martinez, 2013 prospect Richard Parham, a 6-foot, 180-pound athlete transfer from Fort Bliss, Texas is someone that has attracted some recruiting attention. Some smaller schools have started to watch quarterback Max Fiatoa, who is a load at 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds. For the 2014 class, Martinez said LB DJ Leatamua (6-2, 230) and WR Donald Lambert (6-2.5, 175) are both going to make some waves on the recruiting circuit.

Moving to Punahou, we missed the seniors, including Scout.com's No. 2 MIK Isaac Savaiinaea, but head coach Kale Ane did tell Scout.com that USC, Notre Dame, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Weber State, Idaho, Wyoming, Hawaii, UCLA and Stanford have recently stopped by to see what the latest is with Savaiinaea, who committed to Stanford back in mid-March. Savaiinaea is expected to participate in the PIAA Combine, so we'll have a full status update on his verbal commit.

The same is true for another Buff n' Blue linebacker, Ryan Tuiasoa. It needs to be confirmed, but Weber State may have offered the 6-foot, 205-pound Tuiasoa. Also for the class of 2013 is WR Keanu Chee (5-10, 175).

When it comes to the 2014 class, Punahou has a couple of excellent big prospects in FB/TE KJ Sekona (6-0, 250) and OL Davis Sapaia (6-0, 275), but it's the current freshmen - the class of 2015 - where the Buff n' Blue are stacked. Leading the group is DE Canton Kaumatule (6-7, 265), whose older brother Luke is set to join Stanford this summer. The other top prospect is OL Semisi Uluave (6-5, 305). Basically all the schools that have stopped by this spring to Punahou have talked about verbally offering these two frosh studs - programs like Utah, Hawaii, Washington and Colorado.

Below Kaumatule and Uluave are two excellent prospects in their own right - WR Kanavai Noa (5-10, 170) and Pena Fitisemanu (6-0, 265). Both have an excellent chance to start for the Buff 'n Blue this fall.

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