After seeing Wailuku (Hawaii) Baldwin linebacker Kaluka Maiava at this past weekend's Nike Camp at Stanford, not only is there no doubt he's the top player on the Islands this year but easily one of the best 'backers in the entire West region.
Maiava, 5-11, 212 pounds attended the Nike Camp at San Diego State and despite battling sickness, had a very nice showing. He was rated the No. 2 'backer in the camp and tested very well running a 4.66 in the 40, 4.66 in the shuttle, did 27 reps on the bench and jumped 28 inches in the vertical.
This past weekend at Stanford, Maiava clocked the same 4.66-40 which would have likely been a mid 4.5 if the running surface was the same as San Diego State's. The grass was very high and wet at Stanford causing the 40 times to be much lower than expected. His shuttle time improved to a 4.38, he jumped 28 inches in the vertical and did 38 reps on the bench for a top 10 SPARQ Rating of 94.14.
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Once again, Maiava excelled in the position and one on one drills and was rated by our staff as one of the top three 'backers from the camp. As a result, he picked up his first two offers shortly after the camp.
"He was just offered by BYU and Washington," Scott Maiava, Kaluka's father said. "We didn't even know either school was interested but they said they watched him at the Stanford Nike camp and were very impressed with him. We're very excited, before the Nike camps, no one even knew who Kaluka was but being around all that talent just makes him want to work harder."
In addition to the Huskies and Cougars, Maiava is also looking at Oregon, USC, UCLA and Arizona. Academically, he's carrying a 3.1 GPA and will take the SAT later in the year.