Hawaii targets junior college defensive lineman Leroy Mealancon Jr. as late 2016 addition

Santa Clarita (Calif.) College of the Canyons defensive lineman Leroy Mealancon Jr. discusses his recruitment with Hawaii.

After the suspensions of Hawaii football players Kennedy Tulimasealii and Kaau Gifford, Hawaii may have to look for an immediate replacement. Potentially losing two scholarship players would be tough for most football programs, especially when both are on the defensive line.

Junior college defensive lineman Leroy Mealancon Jr. has heard from Hawaii as a possible late class of 2016 addition for Hawaii. He is a 6-foot-5 and 270-pound defensive end with three years to play two and is still looking for a college football home.

Mealancon Jr. holds a scholarship offer from Cal Poly, is hearing from Hawaii and has recently gained interest from Fresno State and Alabama.

‘It’s been a long process of hard work to get where I am at today,” Mealancon Jr. told WarriorSportsNetwork.com.

“With Hawaii, they’re still working things out right now,” Mealancon Jr. said. “They love my highlight film, they think I’m a great athlete. I can play anywhere on the defensive line with my size, my speed and my strength.”

With two years of eligibility to play, Mealancon Jr. is looking for a place to be an immediate contributor and Hawaii could could have holes to fill this fall.

“They did tell me that they would like me to come in to compete to play right away,” Mealancon Jr. said. “I’m not going there to sit down, I’d be going there to play.”

On the field, he is a versatile player that could fill in at either defensive end or defensive tackle.

“I’m 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds with a 4.7 forty,” Mealancon Jr. said. “I think I’m a great athlete overall. One-on-one situations I love to play because I really have a great opportunity of getting to a quarterback. I think I’m a man that can get to the quarterback, but I also think I’m a man that can stop to run. I like to think of myself as what’s called a ‘stud’ defensive end. I can do it all.”

Hawaii Running Backs Coach Brian Smith has been Mealancon’s main point of contact with the staff.

“My relationship with him is real good,” Mealancon Jr. said. “I like him as a coach. He’s real straight forward. He keeps it honest. I like what he’s doing with Hawaii.”

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