Hawaii Grown Report

Hawaii’s best get ready
for training camp

Fall training camps are starting this week for about 240 NCAA Division I football teams.

In addition to the 54 Hawaii high school graduates on the preliminary roster at University of Hawaii, Hawaii Grown has identified 76 players who either have signed with mainland Division I teams or are already on their rosters.

The mainland players are listed in three tables on this page.

They include Wisconsin junior Donovan Raiola, who is on the 36-player Watch List for the Rimington Award for college football's best center, which his brother Dominic won four years ago at Nebraska.

Brigham Young rover Aaron Francisco and Utah offensive guard Chris Kemoeatu both were Mountain West Conference all-stars last season.

Hawaii seems best suited at producing linemen who can play at the highest levels of college football. The 40 players returning to mainland teams include 22 offensive and defensive linemen.

The 12 projected Division I starters include three centers -- Raiola, Arizona's Keoki Fraser and Oregon sophomore Enoka Lucas. Three centers from Hawaii also started in the NFL last season -- Dominic Raiola for the Lions, Steven Grace for the Cardinals and Pro Bowl veteran Olin Kreutz for the Bears.

Hawaii linemen are on the rosters of perennial national powers like Nebraska and Tennessee.

Utah will have the most islanders with 11 -- seven of them graduates of Kahuku High. Wisconsin and Washington have four and Brigham Young three.

While the University of Hawaii has lost a lot of talent to mainland colleges, the Warriors have the WAC sewed up. Only one Hawaii player is listed on other WAC rosters -- sophomore wide receiver Caleb Spencer at Nevada.

The list of freshmen includes three former state players of the year -- offensive lineman Jeremy Perry of Kahuku and linebacker Walker Vave of Kahuku at Oregon State, and running back B.J. Batts of Saint Louis at Alcorn State. Vave will not start his college career, however, until he completes a two-year Mormon church mission.

Lists of recent graduates headed for NCAA Division II and III, NAIA and junior college teams will be published when sufficient information becomes available. Submit names for verification to Dennis Anderson at 236-3654 or

Ratings: Wisconsin's Raiola and Arizona's Fraser are rated as the ninth- and 14th-best college centers in the nation by Phil Steele, who publishes one of the many college football preview magazines. Francisco is rated as the 13th-best free safety.

Four University of Hawaii players are in Steele's ratings: quarterback Tim Chang (12), guards Uriah Moenoa (14) and Samson Satele (20) and linebacker Ikaika Curnan (38).


These student-athletes have signed scholarship agreements to play football at mainland Division I colleges. They are 2004 high school graduates unless noted; some are transfers from junior colleges.

Rocky Alo Kailua '00, HM All-State DB Indiana St.(from JC)
B.J. Batts Saint Louis, 1st All-State RB Alcorn State
Brennan Carvalho Kamehameha, 1st All-State OL Portland State
Bronson Carvalho Saint Louis, 1st All-State OL Alcorn State
Jordon Dizon Waimea, KIF Player of Year '02 RB Colorado
Randy Faletoi McKinley, 2nd All-State DL Utah *
Afa Garrigan Kahuku, 1st All-State DB Utah
Justin Ka'apa McKinley '01 LB Portland State
Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada

Kapolei, 1st All-State QB Navy Prep School
Keola Kaluhiokalani Kamehameha, 1st ILH DE Princeton
Reyn Kaupiko Kamehameha '03, 2nd ILH OL Navy
Hinani Lino Kealakehe, 2nd All-State OL Southern Utah
Oren Long Saint Louis DL Alcorn State
Mikhail Mabry Mililani, 2nd All-State LB Kentucky
Jesse Mahelona Kealakehe '01 DL Tennessee (from JC)
Abe Medeiros Hilo, 2nd All-State OL Northern Colorado
Dylan Moss Saint Louis, 1st All-State LB Northern Colorado
Daniel Otineru Kapolei OL Saint Francis (Penn)
Mike Palefau Kahuku DB So. Utah (from JC)
Jeremy Perry Kahuku, State Player of Year OL Oregon State
Eric Rabara Konawaena '02, 1st BIIF WR E.Washgtn (from JC)
Tautau Reed Saint Louis '00 DL No. Arizona (from JC)
Fehi Sevelo Damien, 2nd ILH FS Saint Francis (Penn)
Caleb Spencer Kamehameha '03, 2nd ILH QB WR Nevada (from JC)
Raynold Stowers Iolani, 1st All-State '02 RB Utah
Cornelius Thomas Farrington '01 OL Nebraska (from JC)
Tavita Thompson Saint Louis, 1st All-State OL Oregon State
Max Unger Hawaii Prep, 2nd All-State OL Oregon
David Veikune Campbell, 1st All-State DL Colorado
Anipati Mailo Kahuku '99, 1st All-State LB Indiana St. (from UH)

» Walker Vave, consensus state Defensive Player of the Year, signed with Oregon State, but will complete a two-year Mormon church mission before he enrolls.
» * Randy Faletoi's (McKinley) eligibility at Utah depends on his passing a summer class.
» Desmond Hanohano, first-team All-State receiver for Saint Louis, signed with Utah but has been sent to Snow (junior) College in Utah.
» Tevita Finau, Kahuku tight end from Maui, signed with Oregon State but has been sent to City (junior) College of San Francisco.
» Shosei Yamauchi, first-team All-State defensive lineman at Kahuku, signed with Troy State (Ala.), but has been sent to Gulf Coast Community College in Mississippi.
» Punahou's R.J. Brown plans to walk on at Colorado.


These student-athletes from Hawaii have declared their intention to play men's volleyball at the colleges listed.

Brandon Caban Mililani 1st OIA West Hunter (New York)
Sean Carney Iolani State Player/Year Lewis (Ill.)
Michael China Punahou 1st All-ILH Lewis-w
Michael Contee Iolani 1st All-State Quincy (Ill.)
Rickey Estrada Kamehameha 1st All-State 00,01 Tr. to Hawaii-w
Blake Gutierres Kohala
Missouri Valley
Eric Liebert Punahou 2nd ILH Pepperdine-w
Kawika Lopez Damien 1st ILH Long Beach (Calif.) CC
Jeremey McDown Waimea 1st KIF Cal Baptist
Robert McNamara Parker
Missouri Valley
Ainoa Miyashiro Kamehameha 2nd All-State Graceland
Corey Spence Seabury Hall 1st All-State Cal Baptist
Kyle Teves Kealakehe 1st All-State Hawaii-w
Adam Tuifagu Kamehameha 1st All-State Missouri Valley
Tiff Wells Iolani

» Todd Blankenship, 1st team All-State at Iolani, will attend University of Arizona, which does not have varsity men's volleyball; he will be a manager for the women's team and play on the men's club team.
» Casey Kaohelauli'i, 2nd team All-State at Waimea, is going to UH-Hilo, which does not have men's volleyball.
» Although La Verne has dropped men's volleyball, Jarrett Day (Kamehameha '03 of Hilo) plans to remain there.

Legend: Honor is most significant honor won.
1st -- 1st team; 2nd -- 2nd team; HM -- honorable mention; w -- invited walk-on or non-scholarship program. None of the California community colleges give athletic scholarships.
The athletes are 2004 high school graduates unless indicated.

Saint Louis alumnus Donovan Raiola of Nebraska is on the watch list for the Rimington Award, given to college football's best center.


The 34 players from Hawaii returning to Mainland Division I-A teams with their status entering fall camp (12 are projected starters).

Wilson Afoa Saint Louis '03 Washington RS-Fr DT 2nd team
Brandon Ala Kamehameha '02 Washington Soph DE 2nd team
Chris Bocage Saint Louis '00 USC Sr S squad
Kawika Casco Lahainaluna '00 Utah Sr SS No. 2
Brad Ching Kailua '03 Oregon St. RS-Fr Flank No. 4
Taualai Fonoti Saint Louis '02 Stanford RS-So DE squad
Aaron Francisco Kahuku '01 BYU Sr Rover starter
Naymon Frank Roosevelt '03 Oregon St. RS-Fr DLE No. 3
Keoki Fraser Kailua '00 Arizona Sr C starter
Kawika "Kurt" Kahui Baldwin '02 San Diego St. Jr DE 3rd team
James Kamoku Kealakehe '03 Wisconsin RS-Fr SS 4th
Chris Kemoeatu Kahuku '01 Utah Sr ORG starter
Tevita Kemoeatu Kahuku '00 Utah Sr NG No. 2
Siuaki Livai Kahuku '99 Utah Jr OG squad
Joe Lobendahn Saint Louis '01 Washington Jr ILB starter
Keola Loo Saint Louis '99 Washington St. Sr ORG No. 2
Enoka Lucas Kamehameha '02 Oregon So C starter
Jesse Mahelona Kealakehe '00 Tennessee Jr DT starter
Lyle Maiava Saint Louis '01 Wisconsin Jr LDT 3rd
Vaka Mapunapuna Saint Louis '01 Colorado Jr NT starter
Donny Mateaki Iolani '02 Washington So. DT starter
R.J. Morse Iolani '01 Wisconsin Sr Punt starter
Loma Olevao Kahuku '00 Utah RS-Fr LB squad
Bristol Olomua Kahuku '99 Texas Tech RS-Jr IRec No. 2
Brady Parkhurst Leilehua '99 Utah Sr LS starter
Donovan Raiola Kamehameha '00 Wisconsin Jr C starter
Brandon Rodd Aiea '03 Arizona St. RS-Fr OLT No 2
Willie Sao Kahuku '99 Utah Soph TE No. 2
Ranson Shepherd* Kailua '03 UNLV RS-Fr. FB squad
Chris Sokugawa Saint Louis '02 Utah RS-Fr QB squad
Billy Sullivan Damien '01 Air Force Jr RB squad
Caleb Spencer Kamehameha '03 Nevada Soph WR No. 2
Tavo Tupola Kahuku '00 Utah Soph OLT starter
Hanale Vincent Kamehameha '98 BYU Sr C No. 2
R.J. Willing Kamehameha '03 BYU RS-Fr ORT No. 2

* Ranson Shepherd was known as Ranson Kepa at Kailua High; he was first-team All-OIA East in 2002.
J.T. Mapu (Kahuku '02), a starter at Tennessee last season, is on a two-year Mormon church mission.


A partial list of the players from Hawaii returning to Mainland Division I-AA teams with their status entering fall camp.

Frank Fernandez Saint Louis '03 Harvard Soph C No. 2
Kelena Ho'okano Kamehameha '02 Portland State Jr RB injured
Todd LaFountaine Punahou '02 Harvard Jr WR squad
Iosefa Robins Saint Louis '00 Southern Utah Sr OT starter
Major Salanoa Kahuku '98 Southern Utah Sr DT starter

Jason Ching (Punahou '02), a two-year starter at Brown, has transferred to University of San Diego and is required to redshirt this season.
Legend: RS= redshirt season used; O= offense; D= defense; IRec= inside receiver; LS= long snapper; Flank= flanker.



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