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2014 Hawaii football recruiting: Warriors land verbal from OL/DL Samuela Lauaki

Hawaii lands their fourth recruit for the 2014 recruiting class.


The Hawaii Warriors picked up another verbal commit for their 2014 class when the landed 6-foot-4, 250-pound offensive/defensive lineman Samuela Lauaki. Lauaki comes from Cathedral High out of Las Angeles and is a versatile player.

Being just 250 pounds is a bit light to play on the offensive line, so Lauaki needs to bulk up another 30 or more pounds. However, if he does put on that weight his high school said that he would be a project offensive lineman, but he would be a good fit to play on a defensive line weighing between 270-280 pounds.

His high school knows his stuff at it is former NFL defensive tackle Chris Maumalanga, and mentioned multiple times how coachable Lauaki is:

"He's a very coachable kid, very talented," said Chris Maumalanga, a former NFL player who now coaches at Cathedral. "He's very humble, but hard-working at the same time. [...] He has really great feet and great hands," Maumalanga said. "More than anything, he's super coachable."

Being coachable is a very good trait, so hopefully he can pick up some more tips from his current high school coach who did spent a few seasons in the NFL and improve his game before he makes his way to play for Hawaii.

Per the often looked at star system, Lauaki has yet to be evaluated but that hopefully should change within the next six months.