Wong a big hit in opener

Blake Wong is a 6-1, 205 defensive back from Honolulu (Hawaii) Iolani, and the former teammate of current Husky Donny Mateaki is already playing football again. Wong and his Iolani teammates defeated highly-touted California QB Tommy Grady and Edison High School last Friday 34-20 in Honolulu. Grady is headed to Oklahoma next year, but that didn't intimidate Blake one bit.

"I made the quarterback (Tom Grady) fumble and intercepted him once," Wong told Dawgman.com. "He's a pretty good quarterback. He's tall and accurate. I don't he faced something like our secondary before. I talked to some of the coaches, like Coach Kennedy from Washington and he told me about him and gave me a little background. We had some scouting reports on him too."

Hitting the quarterback is something that gives Blake immense joy. "I like to pass rush a lot," he said. "I like to hit the quarterback. It's the funnest thing in the world. It just throws off their rhythm, so it helps everybody." College coaches like it too. "They like it that I'm always around the ball and make a lot of turnovers."

Wong is an athlete in the truest sense of the term, as he plays basketball, baseball and also wrestles and runs track, but he has already decided he will stick to football in college. He currently benches 225 12 times, squats 425 and his last 40 time was a 4.59.

With one game under Iolani's belt, Blake is already feeling the crunch of not having his buddy Mateaki around. "It's definitely harder," he said. "There are a lot more linemen going after me but we have good linebackers on the inside. But he would usually take two or three linemen to block him."

Off the field, the two still talk regularly. "We've kept in touch," Wong said. "He said he likes it up there. He said he really liked it when they went to Michigan. He said he can't wait for me to go up there. I haven't talked to Willie (Kava) lately, but I talk to his family. He loves it up there. I know Brandon (Ala), but I haven't talked to him. And Joe Lobendahn...I've heard he's doing really good."

Blake has not-so-fond memories of when he had to go up against number 53 in high school. "It was tough," he said. "They (St. Louis) had the two best linebackers in the state playing against me (Lobendahn and Ikaika Curnan), so it was really tough. He was a really hard hitter."

Washington would love more hard hitters from the islands, so it's not too surprising that Husky Head Coach Rick Neuheisel called Blake on September 1st, the first day college coaches are allowed to re-initiate contact on their end. "I talked to him last week," Wong said. "He said a lot of stuff. I can't wait to go up there and visit Washington. I can't wait to see Donny again." Oregon, Colorado and Wisconsin are the other schools that called.

Wong has set up official trips to both Washington and Oregon, but at the time of the call couldn't remember the dates. We'll check back with Blake later to get that information.

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