2015 Class: Canton Kaumatule

With dead period upon us, eDuck.com is taking a look at each member of Oregon's current recruiting class and spotlighting what they're bringing to Eugene. In this edition: defensive end Canton Kaumatule

Canton Kaumatule

Defensive end

Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou HS

6-foot-6, 290-pounds

Commitment Date — November 1, 2014

How he became a Duck — Kaumatule was once thought to be all Stanford, but things began to change as the recruiting process moved along. Along with USC, Oregon became more and more of a factor, leading to an official visit to Eugene for the Stanford game. Accompanied by Punahou teammate Semisi Uluave and his family, Kaumatule not only gave his verbal commitment to the program, but also signed a financial aid agreement to enroll early during halftime of the game against the Cardinal.

Quote —"I'm more than just a defensive end. I can play nose guard, defensive tackle, obviously defensive end, and I can drop back and play some linebacker as well. We play a 3-4 defense and that setup really allows me to move all over the field. I am actually playing both ways this year. I will be playing offensive tackle this fall, which is great. I started my football career on the offensive line and I'm really fired up to get a chance to do it again." — Kaumatule on his workload for his senior season.

What he brings to the table — As evidenced by the aforementioned quote, Kaumatule can get it done just about anywhere on the field. He describes his game as physical and relentless, which is an accurate assessment watching his film. He has long features, is very strong and he never seems to give up on a play.

His size, at 6-foot-6, 280-pounds, and athleticism present a matchup problem for those who line up against him. On film, it doesn’t seem to matter whether he’s having to go through or around his blocker, Kaumatule is going to make the play and doesn’t stop until the play is over. If healthy, the highly-touted four-star prospect could be the successor to another Punahou standout, current junior defensive end DeForest Buckner.

Reports have surfaced indicating that Buckner may return for his senior season instead of entering his name in the NFL Draft. If he does stay, Kaumatule would benefit from his tutelage as he begins to move to the forefront of the Ducks defensive scheme.

As Scout.com’s Doug Kimmel wrote, the Ducks have set themselves up with a nice crop of defensive players from Hawaii in Kaumatule, defensive back Dylan Kane and newly committed defensive tackle Rex Manu, with the potential to add more players from the islands in the future. Kaumatule appears to be the jewel of that crop coming out of high school and Ducks fans should see some big things from him in the coming years.

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