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Thursday, August 29, 2013
State of Hawaii has talent in 2015 class

By Blair Angulo

USC last visited Hawaii in 2010, returning to Los Angeles with a season-opening victory. But in terms of recruiting, the Trojans haven’t gone to the islands for a prospect since 2009 when they signed fullback Simione Vehikite. It doesn’t appear likely they will snap that drought in this recruiting cycle, either.

Though the Aloha State seems to be relatively low on talent in the 2014 class, the trend might change next year, as three ESPN Junior 300 members have surfaced as highly-coveted prospects.

DE Canton Kaumatule (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou): The 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive end holds a USC offer, according to his father, after a Trojans assistant coach visited Punahou earlier this offseason. Ranked No. 52 overall in the ESPN Junior 300 and No. 1 in Hawaii, Kaumatule is the brother of Stanford sophomore tight end Luke Kaumatule. But the younger Kaumatule is making a name for himself by displaying relentless pursuit and, despite a long frame, unhindered mobility.

OG Fred Ulu-Perry Jr. (Honolulu, Hawaii/Saint Louis): Ulu-Perry is rated No. 2 overall in the state and No. 7 at his position in the 2015 class, emerging as the top offensive guard prospect in the West region. The 6-foot-1, 300-pound lineman has received correspondence from the Trojans and hopes that leads to more communication. “They have only been sending me letters,” Ulu-Perry said. “I would love to make the [USC-Hawaii] game but I don’t think I will because we have practice.”

DE Breiden Fehoko (Honolulu, Hawaii/Farrington): The likes of Alabama, California, Clemson, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Stanford and Wisconsin have already offered the 6-foot-2, 270-pound prospect, with the Crimson Tide looking like the leaders after he camped in Tuscaloosa this summer. Fehoko said USC is recruiting him, but he said he’s still waiting for the scholarship offer. “It hasn’t come yet,” he added. “I’m hoping they do. I highly like USC.”