Defensive tackle Sealii Epenesa (6-2, 310) from Honolulu (HI) Iolani is one of the best prospects from the Aloha State. He now has five offers on the table and are from BCS schools. There is a pretty good bet that there could be more offers on the way once colleges get game tape on the outstanding trenchman.
"Things are going great," Epenesa said. "We start our regular season on September 5th. Epenesa and his Iolani teammates have a game today against Kaneohe (Hawai'i) Castle.
Epenesa has offers from UCLA, Oregon State, Washington, Texas Tech and Colorado. Interesting enough all five schools have had success recruiting Hawai'i.
One school has been consistently his favorite and interesting enough this school was also the first school to offer.
"I like UCLA," Epenesa said when asked if he had any favorites. "UCLA is close to a lot of family I have on the mainland.
UCLA has a quite a few players from the Aloha State, but Epenesa doesn't know any of them personally, but he is aware that Dalton Hilliard and Stanley Hasiak are playing for the Bruins.
If Epenesa were to choose Colorado, he won't be alone since has two friends at Colorado.
"Some kids from my school went to Colorado, so that's a good thing," Epenesa said. "One is a student there and the other is (incoming frosh) Liloa Nobriga. Liloa moved to Vegas after his sophomore year and earned his scholarship from there."
"I have met Sam Fehoko who plays at Texas Tech," Epenesa said. "I don't know anyone from Oregon State."
Fehoko's younger brother is four-star linebacker V.J. Fehoko, who is currently rated as the No. 3 prospect from the Aloha State at any position.
What is Epenesa looking for in a college?
"First of all a good football team," Epenesa said. "Good coaches, and when I take my visits, see if I feel comfortable. Because they could have a good football team and you don't feel comfortable over there, you will not have a good time. I would like to be by family because it will make less homesick.
One school that is prominently missing from his list of offers is the home state school of Hawai'i, but even if the Warriors do come up with an offer, the big defensive tackle, at this time prefers to play on the mainland.
No visits planned as of yet. Epenesa doesn't know what schools he's going to visit. He still has to sort that out. Right now he is more interested in his coming senior season.
"I'm planning on taking my visits starting in November, maybe December," Epenesa said. "I'm not really sure. I'm planning on taking my visits after my season.
Epenesa earned first-team all-league and first-team all-state for his junior season performance.