Hawaiian ready to make mark locally

Kepena Richardson is a load. At 6-2 and 295 pounds, he stands out in a crowd. But for the senior Viking, it's still been a period of transition for him. Richardson went to Kailua High School last year but just moved to Seattle from Hawaii to be closer to his father. One thing that would help that transition would be some stability, and nothing would be finer for Kepena than a scholarship from a school in his new hometown. At least that's what he's hoping for.

"My Dad moved here about 5 years ago, so I wanted to move up here to be with him," Kepena told Dawgman.com just minutes after Rainier Beach defeated Cleveland 32-16 Friday night. "It was a hard decision to make, but I had to do it."

Listening to Kepena talk about his new home, he'd like to stay around for a little while. "I like Washington," he said. "If they offered a scholarship, I would go there." Washington, Arizona State, Portland State, Eastern and Western Washington are the schools that seem to be recruiting Richardson the hardest right now, but it's clear that he's still flying low on the recruiting radar, so expect other schools to start taking notice now that he's establishing himself as one of the top linemen in the county.

At this point he has no official offers and hasn't set any official visits up yet.

Randy Hart and Keith Gilbertson have been watching Richardson. "They've just been telling me to work hard on the field and in the classroom," Kepena said. "I've got my grades up now. I think I'm around a 3.5." He's set to take the SAT in December.

Richardson plays both ways for Beach Coach Mark Haley, but prefers offense. "I like offense. I like to dish it out," he said. "I think my game is just to get the job done, open holes and make sure the backs can get through. I want to work on getting faster off the ball. Coaches like the fact that I have quick hands."

His latest recorded 40 time is 5.3. He benches 360 pounds and power cleans 230.

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