News on Hasiak, LB Prospect

Scout.com spoke with Kapolei (Hawai'i) High's Head Coach Darren Hernandez, and he filled us in on some developments in the recruitment of UCLA-committed offensive tackle Stan Hasiak, and a linebacker prospect on Kapolei that could be emerging as a big-time prospect...

USC looks to be pursuing UCLA-committed offensive tackle Stan Hasiak, while a linebacker prospect from Hasiak's high school is now getting major attention, according to Kapolei's Head Coach, Darren Hernandez.

"(USC linebacker coach) Ken Norton, Jr. came by our school and saw film of Simione Vehikite and told me that he is the kind of guy that they like and that they are going to go on him," Hernandez said. He added that Vehikite will visit USC in January, probably with Hasiak.

"It's pretty amazing to think how far (Vehikite) has come considering he was playing D-2 ball in Maui last year. He is Hawai'i's best-kept secret."

Not any longer, coach. 15 months ago, Vehikite, who is 6-1 and 243 pounds, was playing on the defensive line for small Lahainaluna, but decided to move to Oahu to gain more exposure for college.

The Trojans are in town Monday to pay Manti Te'o - the No. 1 linebacker in the country according to Scout.com - an in-home visit. Vehikite could be the Trojans' answer for who steps in when current fullback Stanley Havili graduates in 2011.

But now that the word is out on Vehikite, expect schools like UCLA and Washington to be all over this prospect. "UCLA is in town again, and I know Washington is setting up a home visit with coach (Steve) Sarkisian," Hernandez said. "For sure he'll visit USC and Washington, and I expect UCLA will probably jump in too. The word is out."

The Trojans would seem to have the inside track to Vehikite's signature, due to his Maui connections to current Trojan linebacker and Hawaii native, Kai Maiava, as well as the lure of having success where other Polynesian linebackers have done so, specifically Rey Maualuga.

USC has also gotten back in the game with Hasiak, Scout.com's No. 17-rated offensive tackle in the country. Hasiak, who is already committed to UCLA, recently took an official visit to California and Hernandez expects him to also visit USC, Oregon State and Washington before finalizing his recruiting process.


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