The "Big Island" of Hawai'i is famous for its rustic beauty, coffee and volcanoes. Now there is a football player from the "Big Island" who is causing quite a stir, attracting D-I football coaches and racking up offers.
Don't get too close to defensive end Kalani Aldrich (6-7, 250, 4.9) from Hilo (Hawai'i) Kamehameha his stock is as hot as one of those volcanoes his home island is famous for.
Aldrich earned second-team all-league as a junior in only his first year of playing football.
Needless to say, Aldrich has tremendous upside. There is no telling how good Aldrich is going to become as he gains experience.
As a complete neophyte, Aldrich still racked up 40 tackles, eight sacks and one interception. His interception was a thing of beauty. He first blocked the pass had the athleticism to catch the ball and then raced 50-yards to score a touchdown.
There many defensive linemen who get the opportunity to score a touchdown. Even less who end up picking off a pass returning it 50-yards for a score.
It appears that Aldrich is catching on the game of football. There are plenty of colleges that agree.
Aldrich has offers from Colorado, Oklahoma, Washington, Utah, UNLV, New Mexico State, and the home state of Hawai'i.
Oklahoma is latest school to have offered. OU defensive end coach Chris Wilson was so impressed with Aldrich's performance at the recent Maui Camp that he offered once the session was over.
The scouting report on Aldrich is he has very quick first-step off the ball and has outstanding athleticism. He's also very aggressive and physical. The prevailing wisdom is once he gets the coaching and experience the sky is the limit for Aldrich.
Aldrich has excellent bloodlines as three of his uncles have played for Hawai'i.
"The reason I would like to play for Hawai'i is because my Mom would like me to play close to home and they do a good job developing defensive linemen," Aldrich said. "But that Oklahoma offer it was an eye opener for me."
"The reason I like OU is the way that Coach Wilson coaches the position," Aldrich said. "That is one of the things I'm going to look at when I make up my mind. I am going to look at the defensive line's style of play.
"I plan on taking official visits before making any decisions."