Academies eye Hawaiian duo

Navy has developed a pipeline into the island state of Hawaii and Army also hopes to build a recruiting base in that state. Both Army and Navy have their eyes on two fine players from Kapolei high school. At that school, head coach Darren Hernandez seems to have developed a tradition of sending a player a year to Annapolis.

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo and his staff have worked hard to build a pipeline into the talent rich state of Hawaii. One high school in particular that is loaded with college prospects is Kapolei high school. Kapolei, which like Navy and Army runs an option offense, has an impressive list of 18 prospects for 2010 alone listed in the recruiting database. Navy has struck gold at Kapolei before. Former Navy quarterback Kainoa Kaheaku-Enhada hailed from there and current player Aaron Santiago also played high school ball at Kapolei. The Mids also have an incoming freshman from that school, Cyril Ontai. Army, with new head coach Rich Ellerson who like Niumatalolo is a University of Hawaii graduate, also wants to develop a recruiting foothold in Hawaii but has a long way to go to catch up with Navy.

Two players that both the Army and Navy coaches have their eyes on for the 2010 recruiting crop include LB/FB Josh# Ebanez and RB/DB Donnie# King.

Josh Ebanez

Ebanez is hearing from the likes of Navy, Army, Air Force, San Diego State, Utah State, Weber State and Hawaii. He's been living with his uncle in Hawaii while his parents were living in Utah. He says he may transfer to Mountain Crest high school in Utah for his senior year to be closer to his parents.

Ebanez rushed for over 900 yards as a sophomore at Preston high school in Utah but hurt his ACL last summer at an All-Polynesian camp in Utah so he had to miss playing his junior year. He is 230 pounds and runs a 4.8 forty.

Ebanez says that, "I heard Hawaii was going to offer me if I attended their camp but I was here in Utah so I couldn't attend. Ebanez likes Navy and has heard about how well Kaipo did there, "The old quarterback from my school, Kaipo, he just graduated and he's making six digits." Ebanez says that getting a scholarship from Navy would be exciting to him because of the great educational opportunities there along with outstanding football.

Ebanez is also a wrestler. He made it to the state tournament at the 215 pound weight class.

Ebanez says his top three schools are Hawaii, Navy and Utah in no particular order.

Donnie King

King is a small sized player who with his 4.45 forty-speed and great moves makes big things happen. He says that both Army and Navy are recruiting him and if you watch his highlight video (link below) you can see why.

The modest King described what makes him a great player, "First thing would be will because I don't just walk into any play, I'm usually hustling and running. Second thing I would say is my speed because that's what makes me an all around player. Right now I'm the starting defensive back and starting slot back and if coach picks me, I should be the starting halfback. I'm also the starting returner." King says he averaged 30 yards a kickoff return and 15 yards per punt return.

With a 38-inch vertical jump and a 455-pound squat capability to go with his speed, King can make some amazing plays. He is impressed with Navy and has heard about their rigorous drills, "Coach Hernandez talks about them making it almost every year to a bowl game. One of our players, Cyril Ontai, just recently went there. Me and Cyril are pretty much good friends. I've heard of the workout and I gotta say I would kind of enjoy the workout even though I'd be tired but it sounds like a good workout. They are fast."

King also described the tradition of players from his school going to Navy, "Every year one of our football players always goes to Navy. Coach Hernandez has this thing where he likes one of his players to go to Navy. This year it was Cyril, the year before that Aaron Santiago. The quarterback, Kaipo, was the first to go there."

King camped at Hawaii and says the coaches there told him they were impressed with his video highlights.

Donnie King highlights:

Click HERE for a list of all the 2010 Kapolei high school prospects currently in the database.

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