PIAA Big Island Standouts - 2010

HILO, Hawai'i - Oregon State has long made Hawaii one of it's key recruiting pipelines. Could there be more from The Islands joining the Beavs in the class of 2010? Roughly 100 prospects took part in last weekend's PIAA Big Island Combine, held at Kamehameha's Big Island campus just outside Keaau. Here's a breakdown of the day's top '10 competitors.

2010 RB Chan Spikes (Hilo) 5-foot-10, 179 pounds, 4.53 40, 31.5-inch vertical jump and 8'8" in the standing broad jump. Spikes is a quick player, looks good on the hoof and is very athletic with the ball, especially when he is isolated with defenders on pass routes.

2010 RB/SB Kanakalele Silva (Kamehameha-HI) 5-foot-8, 167 pounds, 4.55 40, 11.94 60-yard shuttle, 7.45 L-Drill, 35.5-inch vertical jump and 9'.5" in the standing broad jump, not to mention 14 reps of 185 pounds on the bench. Another quick player who is very adept in one-on-one situations.

2010 WR Jelani Young (Keaau) 5-foot-11, 155 pounds, 4.50 40 (Best of Camp), 12.00 60-yard shuttle, 33.5-inch vertical jump and 9'4" in the standing broad jump. Strong in the air, consistent with his hands. A very impressive combine performer. He's also a strong baseball talent. Idaho appears to be the school that has shown Young the most interest so far in the recruiting process.

2010 WR London Amorin (Pac-5) 5-foot-9, 166 pounds, 4.59 40, 11.57 60-yard shuttle (best in camp), 7.12 L-Drill (best in camp), 31-inch vertical jump and 9 feet in the standing broad jump. Came from Oahu and took advantage of the opportunity to compete. Slender, but very athletic and can move from side to side with ease. Another player that had no issues beating defenders in one-on-one situations.

2010 Center Keli'i Kekuewa (Kamehameha-HI) 6-foot-2, 313 1.86 10-yard dash, 4.51 T-Drill and 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. The class of the line group with Faleofa and Demello, Kekuewa is a load to handle on the inside. He moves well for his size and loves to compete. He'll need to continue to make the physical transformation in order to get his body ready for the rigors of college football, but he definitely has the makeup to be a D1 recruit. Schools like Oregon, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

2010 OL Tavita Faleofa (Kealakehe) 6-foot-2, 305. Even though they measured in at the same height, Faleofa appears to be able to carry his weight a little better than Keli'i Kekuewa. However, Kekuewa is a very polished lineman in comparison. If someone is willing to work hard to turn Faleofa into a great lineman, they could get a good one. He's already off to a great start physically, and he has no problems getting in there and mixing it up with the best of them.

2010 OL Dane Demello (Konawaena) 6-foot-1.5, 262 1.82 10-yard dash and 13 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. Demello is an intriguing prospect. Because he plays on the Big Island, he won't face the same type of competition he would if was playing in the ILH or OIA. But he's quick off the ball, strong and shows a good body type. If he was a couple of inches taller, I believe he'd be getting a lot more attention. Right now Wyoming and some Ivy League schools are the only ones showing attention.

2010 LB Jarren Pestana Mililani 5-foot-7, 202 pounds, 4.59 40, 7.34 L-Drill, 4.31 T-Drill (best in camp), 34.5-inch vertical jump and 8'8" in the standing broad jump, not to mention 20 reps of 225 pounds on the bench (best in camp). I love Pestana's attitude and desire. He really gets after it and puts it all out there. And besides, he's a great athlete, as his numbers attest. But at 5-foot-7, he's just not going to get the attention he deserves. But he does deserve it.

2010 LB Brenner Salas (Hilo) 6-foot-2, 207 4.60 T-Drill and 8'8" in the standing broad jump. Brenner is a lean, long athlete that could eventually find himself as a rush end if he continues to grow. He'll need to tighten up his technique to take advantage of his athleticism.

2010 Safety Brian Suite (Punahou) 6-foot-2.5, 182 pounds, 4.57 40, 11.69 60-yard shuttle, 33-inch vertical jump and 9'5" in the standing broad jump. Arguably the top DB on the day, Suite was one of a handful of Oahu performers, and he immediately jumped out as a rangy safety that can really run. Anyone looking for a ball-hawking defender in the back-third should look at Suite, because he moves very well for his size and had no problems matching up with smaller receivers on an island when asked to do so.


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