HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Six hours of football drills in the middle of Hawaii's June heat was no deterrent on Saturday for hundreds chasing a collegiate dream.
Nearly 600 student-athletes returned to the T.C. Ching Athletic Complex at U.H. on Saturday for the second day of the GPA College Showcase, a high school football camps that affords an opportunity to learn from dozens of the nation's top college coaches.
"We're really underrated on the radar because of how far we are from all these coaches these big schools," said Tua Tagoivailoa, a Saint Louis senior quarterback and the state's top football prospect. "To be able to get seen, to be able to build a relationship with a coach that you want, as far as being able to go to school... That's just an amazing opportunity."
Competition ramped up on Saturday, with players transitioning away from individual drills and into more game-speed situations. Lineman conducted one-on-one pass and nine-on-seven run blocking drills, while skill players participated in seven-on-seven contests.
For many, the chance to show off in front of college coaches during full-speed drills is an opportunity too good to pass up.
"To me, I feel like Hawaii has the best talent out there, we just don't have the opportunity to go out there and expose ourselves," said Isaac Slade-Matautia, a teammate of Tagovailoa's at Saint Louis. "For this camp to have all these players from different schools, different islands, to come down and compete, it's a great experience."
The GPA College Showcase runs through early Sunday afternoon.