QB Spain eager to show off his passing skills at the next level


POSTED: Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Kevin Spain has no complaints about the ground-based Wing-T system he's running at Paradise Valley (Ariz.) High School.

But Spain, who committed to Hawaii this week, is looking forward to a chance to wing it a little more in college.

“;It's every quarterback's dream to throw the ball on every play,”; Spain said. “;But I just want to win and what we've been doing has been successful.”;

With the Trojans implementing more shotgun sets, Spain expects to have a few more chances to throw during his senior season at Paradise Valley before joining the Warriors' 2010 recruiting class.

Spain has taken a round-about path to end up committing with a school he said was among his top choices from the start.

A fan of UH's run-and-shoot offense, Spain said he followed the Warriors during Colt Brennan's career and made sure to watch whenever UH appeared on ESPN. So when his father was sending out scouting tapes to college and asked Spain which schools he was interested in, Hawaii ranked right near the top of his wish list.

He attended a camp at Arizona State, but the Sun Devils already had a quarterback committed. So ASU coach Dennis Erickson directed Spain to the Hawaii staff.

Not long after, Spain (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) got a call from the UH coaches offering him a scholarship.

“;Basically I was overwhelmed,”; said Spain, who also had an offer from New Mexico State and took a couple of days to confer with his family and coaches before committing.

“;The recruiting process was different that I expected, but it ended up working out great.”;

No kicking back

Once he figured out his next destination, Scott Enos couldn't wait to get started on his Division I career.

The kicker out of Sierra (Calif.) College signed a scholarship agreement with UH last month and moved to Hawaii to start summer school about a week later.

Since then he's been a regular in the weight room and at Ching Field preparing for his shot to compete for the kicking job vacated by Dan Kelly last season.

“;I feel like I'm settled in,”; Enos said. “;So I've just been going to work.

“;It's been great. I go to school, study hall, workout, kick, it's all here for me.”;

Enos said he's working on his overall strength while honing his technique this summer and usually kicks five days a week. He plans to return home next month and come back to Hawaii before the start of fall camp. The first practice is scheduled for Aug. 6.

Koa Kids camp coming

The first Koa Kids Football Camp starts Monday and runs through July 2 at Ching Field.

The camp, led by UH assistant coach Chris Tormey, is open to third through eighth graders. The sessions focus on football fundamentals and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is provided each day and participants receive a T-shirt and youth football.

The fee is $265. Registration information is available at koakidfootball.com