The Aloha State of Hawai’i always sends players to the D-I level and this year will be no different. Hawai’i is known for their big trenchmen and tough hard hitting linebackers. One linebacker to keep an eye on is Kaluka Maiava (6-0, 212, 4.65) from Wailuku (Hawai’i) Baldwin.
Maiava has excellent instincts and a keen sense for the football. He was selected first-team all-state and first-team all-league after racking up 104 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, eight sacks, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries in 2003.
The amazing thing about Maiava’s stats is the fact that he broke his right arm last season.
A hard worker, Maiava has been working very hard in the off-season. He has already improved his bench from 280 pounds to 325.
Maiava will also be very busy improving his overall football skills by attending the NIKE camp in San Diego on April 24th. He is planning on attending Colorado’s football camp this summer and maybe one more football camp at an undecided location on the West Coast.
Maiava is one of those players who plays hard on every down. He’s extremely focused and intense. He leaves it all on the field. Maiava is aggressive and is unrelenting in attacking the football.
Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and the home state team of Hawai’i are all showing interest in Maiava.
A point of interest, Maiava’s dad played for the Buffs.
What will be Maiava’s considerations for his college choice?
“A good location and coaches,” Maiava said. “And of course a college where I can get a good education.”
An all-around athlete, Maiava is also an outstanding baseball player who may get recruited for his skills on the diamond as well.
You can take a look at his abilities on the gridiron by clicking on the link.