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Thursday, January 25, 2001

P R E P _ F O O T B A L L


Saints’ Maiava
headed for
Duck country

Kahuku's Kemoe'atu
plans to join his older brothers at Utah

Prep recruiting list

By Dave Reardon

Lyle Maiava probably won't have to wait long for a chance to make a mark for the University of Oregon football team.

The Ducks had five defensive linemen complete their eligibility last fall, so the 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle from St. Louis School could get an early shot at college playing time.

Crusaders' coach Cal Lee confirmed that Maiava made a verbal commitment to accept a football scholarship from Oregon come letter of intent day, which is Feb. 7.

"They lost a lot of guys, so he could compete (for playing time) right away," Lee said.

"He's ferocious, with size, strength and leadership. He's a heckuva team player and run stopper."

Maiava was a second-team Star-Bulletin all-state selection after helping St. Louis to its 15th consecutive Interscholastic League of Honolulu championship.

Oregon finished last season ranked No. 7 in the nation, its highest end-of-season rating ever from the Associated Press.

Maiava had narrowed his choices to Arizona, USC, Wisconsin, Colorado, Utah and Hawaii.

Also, Kahuku coach Siuaki Livai confirmed yesterday that Star-Bulletin Lineman of the Year Chris Kemoe'atu has made a verbal commitment to join his older brothers, Maake and Tevita, at Utah.

"There was one more round of visits coming from coaches, but I think Chris was feeling pressure from everyone and wanted to make a decision," Livai said.

"It was a family thing because of the brothers," added Livai, whose son, linebacker Semisi, also committed to the Utes last week.

The other finalists for Kemoe'atu were Colorado, USC, Hawaii, Nebraska, and Washington.

St. Louis linebackers Ikaika Curnan and Joe Lobendahn and Kahuku defensive back/receiver Aaron Francisco are the most high-profile local high school players who have yet to make commitments.

Lobendahn's choices have narrowed to Washington, Wisconsin, Arizona, USC and Hawaii. Curnan's most persistent suitors include Arizona, USC and Hawaii. The top contenders for Francisco are Hawaii, Brigham Young, Washington and Arizona.


Prep recruiting

Name Position Ht. Wt. High School Verbal Commitment
Justin Faimealelei Athlete 6-2 205 Kaimuki Hawaii
Pesefea Fiaseu RB 5-11 220 St. Louis Hawaii
Saia Hafoka WR 5-10 165 Kahuku Brigham Young
Kila Kamakawiwo‘ole Athlete 6-2 200 Kaimuki Hawaii
Willie Kava OL 6-3 280 Iolani Washington
Chris Kemoe‘atu OL/DL 6-5 330 Kahuku Utah
Semisi Livai LB 6-0 200 Kahuku Utah
Lyle Maiava DL 6-2 300 St. Louis Oregon
Donovan Raiola OL 6-2 280 Kamehameha Wisconsin
Lokahi Travis OL 6-3 280 Kailua Hawaii

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