Kamehameha lineman has three in mind

<b>Albert Ma'afala</b> stands 6-2 weighs 260 pounds and the defensive lineman for Kamehameha High School just completed his senior season of football. Even though they finished with an impressive 8-1-1 record in ILH play, it was a traditional Hawaiian powerhouse that took them out of championship consideration.

"We ended up in 2nd place, but no state tournament," Albert told Dawgman.com. "We lost to Saint Louis. They smashed us."

Now Ma'afala's attentions are turned towards off-the-field activities, like recruiting. "My options are still wide open," he said. "I'm focused now on figuring out where I need to go."

He's already set up visits to his top three teams, Oregon (11/30), Washington (12/7) and Wisconsin (12/14). Here are Albert's thoughts on each.

Oregon - "There team is good, and they have a lot of young defensive linemen. They also have a good medical school and law school."

Washington - "Well, I have family up there and there are a lot of Polynesian players on the team. I think I would fit in there well."

Wisconsin - "I have some friends who are there who like it. They also have a good program."

Ma'afala doesn't have any offers yet but professes a soft spot for two schools in particular. "Oregon and Washington are my top two teams right now," he said. "They are pretty even."

The coach recruiting Albert for the Huskies is linebackers coach Tom Williams. "I talked to Coach Williams a couple of weeks ago," he said. "He said that to win a national championship, they need a lot of Polynesian players there, and that they see some ability in me."

One consideration for Ma'afala is where his teammates, Brandon Ala and Enoka Lucas are headed. "Well, we want to all stick together," he said. "That's the plan, but Enoka just went to Colorado and really liked it. And Brandon has a lot more offers than either me or Enoka, so it's hard to know what's going to happen."

Both Albert and Brandon feel the same way when it comes to making a final decision. "Well, he's just like me," he said about Ala. "He's putting his trust in God to make the best decision for him."

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