HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
In July, 300 of the nations top football players were grouped in one arena.
It pitted star versus star...
It was dubbed by Nike as "The Opening".
Opening eyes across the country was, Farrington defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko.
"You buckle up and put on the same chin strap, same helmet, same shoulder pads, you're going to hit somebody in the mouth and that's my mentality," Fehoko said. "I felt I did pretty good, but I also feel there's room to work on."
Governors head football coach Randall Okimoto marvels at Fehoko's skill set.
"Skill wise, one of the best we've ever had," Okimoto said. "His first step, I mean, you talk to all the coaches all over the country who have recruited him and bar none, they say one of the best first steps they've ever seen."
Fehoko's next step after high school will be on the campus of Texas Tech.
But, how could a boy from the islands feel at home in Lubbock, Texas?
Consider, his brother VJ is a linebacker there.
Another brother, Sam, is an alum and currently a coach for Tech.
While former UH coach Mike Smith is now the defensive coordinator for the Red Raiders.
"Just that vibe, that positive feeling you get from them is something that you want as a player," Fehoko said. "Now it's just focusing on things I need to do as a player and prepare myself to go to college and now I don't have to worry about the recruiting process."
Okimoto has known Breiden since he was seven.
Aside from sprouting to a legit 6-foot 3-inches, 290-pounds, he's watched the youngest Fehoko grow as a person.
"It's been great to see his maturity," Okimoto said. "It's just beautiful. He was that guy on the sideline who got in every one's hair. It's good to see him mature into this leader."
Those leadership skills could be enough to push Farrington over the hump.
The Govs have been eliminated in the state semifinals in each of the last two seasons.
"We just gotta take care of the little things," Fehoko said. "And put ourselves in the best position to win those last three games of the season and win that state championship."