There are many reasons for people from the mainland to visit the island paradise of Hawai’i. The warmth of the sun and beautiful beaches always come to mind. For college football coaches, however, they won’t be hitting the waves. Many coaches have already visited Honolulu (Hawai’i) McKinley the school you’ll find offensive guard Raphael Ieru (6-4, 315, 5.1).
Ieru is one of the top prospects from Hawai’i the class of 2005. He was selected all-state and all-league as a junior. More is expected of Ieru for his senior season.
Ieru has great strength with his 375 pound bench press and his 500 pound squat.
One of the things that is constantly noticed about Ieru is how athletic and well he moves for a young man his size.
Ieru also participates in track and baseball. He plays first base on the diamond and throws the shot and discus for track.
The scouting report on Ieru uses his hands well sticks to his blocks and finishes. He is outstanding at both run and pass blocking.
“I want to play for a team with a good offensive line and a good offensive line coach,” Ieru said. “I also want to attend a school with a good academic reputation with a strong graphic arts department.”
“Location will not matter,” Ieru said. “I will be interested in any school that offers me a full ride.”
Ieru also has great bloodlines. His uncle is former Utah Ute great and current Jacksonville Jaguar running back Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala.
According to Ieru he has offers from ASU, Cal and San Diego State. He is getting serious recruiting attention Stanford, Harvard, Washington, Nebraska and Hawai’i.
An excellent student, Ieru carries a 3.5 GPA.