Bruins Watching Hawaiian Tackle

Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou offensive tackle Kaiwi Crabb comes from a school UCLA's recruited at and happens to be the alma mater of offensive coordinator Norm Chow...

Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou offensive tackle Kaiwi Crabb (6-4, 275), has a trio of offers and four more Pac-10 schools playing wait-and-see with him as his senior year has just gotten under way.

"Recruiting has been going pretty good, I've got a couple schools that have offered me," said Crabb. "Colorado, Washington and Hawaii all have offered and I talk a lot to Oregon, UCLA, Arizona and Stanford."

Crabb camped at Colorado and Oregon over the summer as well as the Just Win Camp in Hawaii. He worked at numerous positions at each camp along the offensive line.

"I'm a tackle right now, but most colleges are looking at me as a tackle/guard type player," said Crabb. "Arizona is looking at me a little as a center, but everyone else is mainly at tackle or guard. We'll see how things turn out. If they say the more playing time is available at center, I'll play there, but I'm definitely more comfortable at tackle or guard."

For now, Crabb said his favorites were Colorado, Washington and Hawaii, primarily because they've offered, but he's also open to the schools who are waiting to watch more senior film of him.

"They're a little bit in front because they're more interested and they offered me," said Crabb. "The more they show interest, the more I show back. But I'm not looking to make an early decision. I'm planning to take all of my official visits, either during the season or after, so I'm open to everyone. I know all of my visits will be to schools on the mainland."

Punahou had one of their most successful seasons ever in 2008, with several teammates of Crabb having signed with D-I programs, like Manti Te'o and Roby Toma with Notre Dame, Kimo Makaula with Washington and Dalton Hilliard with UCLA among others.

"That definitely caught my eye and showed me about the recruiting process," said Crabb. "Dalton is one of my good friends and he tells me all about it, and says take all your officials and you're going to like them all so make sure you pick the school that is right for you."

At 275, Crabb said he'd like to put on another 5-10 pounds by the time he starts college.

"I'd like to be around 280-285 but I don't really worry about it, you'll put on weight when your body is ready to," said Crabb. "I play other sports too so I'll run it all off in the offseason. But I'm not worried about all that."

Academically, Crabb has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 1530 on the SAT.


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