There are a lot of things that you can count on from the Island paradise that is Hawai'i. The Aloha spirit of the people, beautiful beaches, tropical breezes off aqua waters and big athletic linemen. Hawai'i rarely disappoints and they won't this year, as once again, there is a defensive tackle who has already earned two offers and there are several other schools showing recruiting interest.
The defensive tackle in question is Lawrence Lagafuaina (6-1.5, 310, 4.9) from Aiea, Hawai'i. The talented defensive tackle earned second-team all-star and all-state honorable mention. There are those who feel he should have earned first-team on teams.
Lagafuaina has already secured offers from UCLA and UNLV. He is also getting serious recruiting attention from Colorado, Idaho, Arizona State and Oregon. It is a safe bet that there will be more interest in Lagafuaina, sooner, before later.
When Lagafuaina's senior season rolls around, he will be a rare four-year starter.
"Lawrence is very quick for his size," Aiea coach Wendell Say said. "He plays forward on the basketball team so he has excellent footwork. When June Jones was at Hawai'i, he probably would have wanted to play him at running back because he liked those big guys who can move (laughs)."
Besides football and basketball, Lagafuaina is a standout in track. He ended up third in the state in the shot and only narrowly lost in the state meet as a sophomore.
"Lawrence is a big raw talent with a lot of upside because of how athletic he is," Say said. "In one game last year, he picked up a fumble and ran like a running back."
"Lawrence is a good kid," Say said. "He's very quiet and humble."
"Lawrence is naturally strong, but because he spends a lot of time participating in other sports, he doesn't spend a lot of time in the weight room," Say said. "But like I said, he's naturally strong."