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Hawaii notebook: Kahukus finest staying open

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Honolulu-Kona Schwenke and Hau'oli Jamora will give the Hawaii All-Stars a very strong defensive end combination for the Hawaii/Polynesia-Mainland Bowl on Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
Both players were thought to be future BYU Cougars. That it is now not a certainty. They recently visited Arizona for the Wildcats' game against Oregon.
"I am just looking around," Schwenke said. "Just in case BYU does not work out. Right now, everything is going good. BYU is still up there, but I am keeping my options open. I like the Arizona visit. They have a great schoo. I got to see new things about their program that I haven't see anywhere else. I like Arizona, they are up there too. I am not sure what other schools are in contention now. I am just going over things with my parents to see what is good for me and my family."
Jamora was reported to be a Cougar commitment. Thursday he said he is not committed to BYU.
"The Arizona visit went really well," Jamora said. "I like the people over there, and the area is nice. Its too bad they lost. But the program seemed pretty good. I liked it."
Kahuku head coach Reggie Torres said several schools could offer Jamora, but they are weary of the BYU connection.
"Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon State, Oregon, and Washington all like him," Torres said. "Hawaii will offer if he wants to go there, and Washington really wants him.
"We are going to miss those guys at Kahuku. They are a major impact on defense. They allowed us to play zone and not have to blitz a lot. They are good athletes. They are tenacious and they have size. Plus, they have the work ethic to go with it."
Manley continues to impress
Coaches looking for a big pro-style quarterback with some ability to make plays with his feet have an option here on the islands. Leilehua High School's Andrew Manley has turned in a strong week of practice by showing impressive arm strength from the pocket. Manley put recruiting aside during a senior season in which he passes for 3100 yards and 28 touchdowns.
"I have been looking at recruiting a lot now," Manley said. I am trying to get my name out there as much as I can. Right now, I am just trying to send my video out and email as many coaches as I can. Lately, I have been getting some calls back. Things are starting to pick up.
"I am talking to Baylor, Idaho, and yesterday I got a call from New Mexico State. Those schools told me they are interested, and a couple of them want to get me in for a visit to make sure my height is legit. So I am making sure I keep in touch with them."
Hawaii was the first team to enter the picture for Manley. But the Warriors have a commitment from Arizona product Kevin Spain.
"Hawaii is always in the picture, I am just tryingt to make the right choice," Manley said. "They are offering a grey shirt, and I would have to pay for my first semester, so I am just trying to make sure what my best options are."
Sleeper of the day: Maka Unufe
Wednesday, this label went to Pac-Five receiver London Amorin. Thursday, Provo (Utah) standout Maka Unufe earns the title.
The 6-foot-1 receiver was impressive in one on one drills, and made the session's best play, a one handed catch, in the dark, just before practice wrapped up.
"That was all luck," Unufe humbly said.
Unufe passes the eye-ball test, and has the athleticism to be a receiver or a safety at the next level.
"Utah has verbally offered," Unufe said. "I am also hearing from Wyoming. I want to go to Utah, I like it. I went to one of their games on a recruiting trip. It was intense."
Unufe said he has to take his ACT before verbal offers turn into offers in writing.
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