Three-star defensive tackle Sealii Epenesa (6-2, 305, 5.4) from Honolulu (Hawai'i) Iolani is one of the best players that many don't know about or have seen, but there are those that think, Epenesa is the best prospect from the Aloha State this season. That is why many were wondering why his name was left off the Hawai'i roster for the all-star game played earlier in the month.
"My coach told the all-star game representatives that I would be on a recruiting trip," Epenesa explained why he didn't play in the recent all-star game. "So he didn't sign me up for the game."
Epenesa was one of Iolani's catalysts for three straight state championships and in the recent state championship game, he was absolutely outstanding spearheading a 24-17 victory. Collecting seven tackles, one forced fumble and scored a touchdown in the game. He definitely lived up to his reputation as big time playmaker in big time games.
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On the recruiting trail, Epenesa has offers from the likes of UCLA, Oregon State, Washington, Colorado, and Texas Tech. All five schools have had success evaluating talent from the Aloha State. However, Epenesa is only certain that he will visit two schools with the possibility of two more.
"UCLA and Oregon State are the only two visits that I'm going on for sure right now," Epenesa said. "I don't know if I will visit Washington, but maybe Colorado and Texas Tech."
"I will probably make up my mind before signing day, but I don't know yet," Epenesa said. "I'm just going to take it as it comes.
"I've had one in-house visit with UCLA defensive coordinator, Chuck Bullough came to the house," Epenesa said. "It went pretty good. It was good to talk to him.
"Oregon State is supposed to be coming for their in-house visit at the beginning of the year."
Before the season, Epenesa had a bench of 275 and a squat of 400-pounds plus. Look for him to get much stronger once he gets into a D-I weightlifting program.
Epenesa earned first-team all-league and first-team all-state for his junior season performance. Honors for the 2009 season have not been released.