Rain or shine, Hawaii high school football prospects from across the state came out to the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus this morning to learn under the coaching of some of the country’s top collegiate coaches.
In addition to Rainbow Warrior head coach Nick Rolovich and his coaching staff, coaches from the Pac-12 were in attendance, including UCLA’s Chip Kelly, who enters his first season in charge of the Bruins.
Also in attendance for this weekends camp were coaches from various west coast schools, such as Washington, Washington State, Oregon and Cal-Berkeley. Including assistant coach Tony Tuioti - a former Warrior.
"You just see the success with the kids that live here, what they're doing on a national platform and then the NFL platform, that's why all the coaches are coming down here - come see these kids because they know what they're going to get," Tuioti said. "They're going to get kids that are family-oriented, kids that love to be around teammates, kids that play hard."
By bringing in some of the nations top programs head coach Rolovich knows he's helping to expose local talent to opportunities outside of Manoa. And while he'd prefer to see the Hawaii boys stay and play at home, he says part of the clinic is about giving them the best chance to succeed wherever that may be.
"Yeah, it's hard; it's hard sitting in a camp meeting like, 'what is our job?' Is our job to keep these kids as much of a secret as we can and not let anybody get another evaluation of them? On the other side, the heart, the human side of it is we can only sign 25 guys in a given year and there's families who are paying tons of money to get on a plane, go to all these camps for an evaluation when we could keep them here and get them on campus and invite some coaches."
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