Sophomores and Juniors Star at the Aloha Bowl!
Much like in the earlier session, Saint Louis HS produced multiple standouts at the Honolulu Combine.
Duke Bukoski took home the Overall MVP. The 5’11.5 194 lb junior had tremendous athleticism, jumping a 9’3 on the broad along with a 35.5 inch vertical, 4.31 shuttle run and 4.6 40. Bukoski also starred during 1 on 1’s, grabbing a number of difficult passes. He is a terrific prospect at WR.
Bukoski’s teammate Marcus Mantola had a day for the ages, taking home an unprecedented three awards. Manota won the Combine King, QB MVP and Fastest Man, something that has never been done to our knowledge. An elite prospect at 6’2.5 183, Mariota had a 30.5 inch vertical, 9’6 broad jump, ran a 4.24 shuttle, 4.48 40 and put on a clinic during 1 on 1’s. Manota zipped the ball right into his receivers’ hands, moved very well, had a strong arm and an impressive IQ. I would be shocked to see a dual threat QB like this get overlooked.
Word of Life Academy’s Juda Parker was the top OL. He was athletic for a big man (8’7 broad jump/4.51 shuttle) and simply didn’t budge during 1 on 1’s. At 6’1.5 238, he is quick and strong enough to make a major difference anywhere.
Visa Thach, a sophomore out of Auburn Mountainside HS in the state of Washington, was a surprise participant in Hawaii, but nobody was shocked to see him win an award. Thach, powerfully built at 5’7 223, won the FB MVP after bench pressing 155 lbs 31 times, running a 4.61 shuttle and wowing our coaches during the individual period. We are really high on Thach. Very few, if any, sophomore skill position players are built like him.
Noah “Randy Moss” Makainai took home the WR MVP award and deservingly so. The James B. Castle HS standout had a 35 inch vertical, 8’8 broad jump, ran a 4.34 shuttle, 4.60 40 and was able to juke the defenders during 1 on 1’s. His ability to get open and shake a defender is second to none.
The talent in Hawaii proves yet again why big things can come in small packages (or Islands)