Pair Of Hawaiians Visit Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State got a visit Thursday from two Hawaiian high school football players that are pretty determined to come to the mainland to play Division I college football in Mitchell Loewen, a linebacker out of Lahaina (Lahainaluna), Hawaii on the island of Maui, and Hiro Sasaki of Honolulu (Kaiser), Hawaii on Oahu.

In recruiting we often think of mainland players taking visits and heading over to Hawaii to play at the University of Hawaii. We don't give as much thought to the high school players on the islands. You kind of figure they will go to Hawaii, some may make it to the West Coast and some to the Mormon schools of BYU, Utah, Utah State.

Loewen is a 6-4, 228-pound linebacker that has a 4.8 in the forty, 30-inch vertical, 295-pound bench press and 400-pound squat max. Last season he earned all-district honors with 140 total tackles, 109 unassisted, 33 tackles for losses, 10 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles. Watch his tape and it doesn't take but one play to see Loewen will hit you in the mouth.

"Yeah, it is pretty frustrating to think not that many coaches from schools get to see you play and you don't get much exposure over there. Where I am is the goal is to get to the schooling and get to playing ball. I want to come over here and play Division I football," said Loewen.

Loewen and Sasaki, who is a 6-4, 255-pound offensive line prospect, have come over and gone on a barnstorming tour that has taken them to North Texas, Tulsa, Kansas State, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma State. The two will return home to Hawaii on Saturday.

"The coaches have been interested," said Loewen of the general response they have received. "There are no scholarships left."

Loewen said he is most interested in Kansas State, Arkansas, and Oklahoma State, knowing he will need to walk-on and prove himself.

He is not happy about it, but he will do what I have to. "I'm going to play," he said.

Again, when you watch his tape you can see that Loewen can play, and you have to admire the desire and passion that both he and Sasaki have in making the trip to the mainland. They'll be back.

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