Five Stand Out for Kaumatule

EXCLUSIVE: FOX Sports NEXT caught up with 2015 defensive end Canton Kaumatule in Hawaii on his high school campus at Punahou. The five-star prospect discusses his game and the recruiting process...

At 6-foot-7 275-pounds, Canton Kaumatule looks anything but a young man just beginning his junior year of high school.

Put him on a college campus, he'd look close to the part of newly graduated player going on to the next level.

Yes, the 2015 recruit looks that big and he appears that strong.

Kaumatule made his debut in the Scout 300 as the No. 3 defensive end in the country, the No. 20 overall prospect in his class.

The five-star's size is an undeniable gift, his skillset is well on the way to matching it.

"I'm trying to go hard every single play of the game," Kaumatule told FOX Sports NEXT. "I think one of my strengths is my initial get off, but I'm trying to work on more speed things, my edge rush, and flexibility."

The Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou defensive end isn't getting caught up in the recruiting process, he's leaving the handling of those details up to his father. But Kaumatule is taking some advice on the process from his brother, Luke Kaumatule, who is currently a tight end at Stanford.

"He told me not to stress about it," Kaumatule explained. "He told me to focus on me, 'do you', and do everything I can the best I can. He said if I work hard that everything else will come."

Kaumatule says at this point in his recruitment, he's open to any school, but does note that five programs are standing out including Hawaii, Stanford, California, UCLA and Washington.

"I've got a handful of offers, but I'm keeping my options open," he said. "I'm willing to be flexible with every college that shows interest in me."

Kaumatule admits, his brother would like to see him on The Farm.

He says academics are as important to him as football, "I'm focusing on my grades right now," he said. "That's one of the biggest things my family really pushes. My dad really wants us to go to college, get a good degree, so pretty much everything I do off the field is either play ukulele or study."

Kaumatule, who regularly takes unofficial visits to Hawaii, does not currently have any other unofficials planned. No timeline has been set for him to make a commitment.

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