Coach Mack Hoping to Recruit Local Players

Greg McMackin
Greg McMackin

KAHUKU (KHNL) -- It's about to get a lot more busy in Kahuku these days. After nine years of being ignored by the University of Hawai'i Football Program, New Warrior head man Greg McMackin planned a late afternoon visit to the Red Raiders Wednesday.

But it's not just the dominant teams getting looks from UH, Coach Mack hopes to recruit local talent from anywhere in the islands.

In one week, prep football stars across the country have the chance to sign their national letters of intent. And Coach Mack hopes the local talent will stay right here in Hawai'i.

"We need to keep all our players at home, and keep the journey going, look at what happened this last year, everybody's still excited about what happened, we have to keep that excitement," said McMackin.

Recruiting this year's gotten off to a late start because of the coaching change. However, Coach Mack keeps the big picture in mind.

"It's going to be a year round thing, I want to get into all the high schools in Hawai'i and our coaches will put on clinics, just let the coaches know they're all welcome to Hawai'i football and we're all in the same situation and share our ideas and just be together."

A daunting task for McMackin, as almost a hundred high schools dot the island chain. However, for many of those prep coaches, they love the idea.

"I think that's a great gesture on his part, to show interest in the local high schools and to come out and meet us and show his interest is really gratifying to hear," said Randall Okimoto, Farrington Head Coach.  "That's why it's so special here is because of the culture, and that's what I want the foundation of our program to be based upon, and we have great players here in Hawaii."

In the two weeks Coach Mack's worn the head coaching hat, the team's already hosted almost 20 local recruits.