Hawaii High School Football Players Nominated for Prestigious Bowl

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Big honors for a quartet of Hawaii high school football players. They still have work to do to make the final before game day next January.

Out of 4,000 of the best high school football prospects in the country, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl nominated four local players for it's prestigious bowl game in Texas next year.

It's the most nominees Hawaii's had for the game, but it's the exposure for the State that's getting all the athletes excited.

They come from three different schools -- Punahou, Kapolei and Kahuku. However, for Manti Teo, Dalton Hilliard, Stan Hasiak and Jray Galeai, they just want to represent Hawaii football at a national level.

"Anything we can do to showcase Hawaii so that people can say Hawaii produces athletes as well, that's our whole main objective," said Manti Teo, Punahou linebacker.

The foursome made the cut based on their performance in their respective positions during their football careers. And this honor only drives them more.

"It helps me work harder because I've been brought up to not be a big headed guy, I just go out there and do my job," said Stanley Asia, Kapolei lineman.

The four aren't a shoe-in to make the game day roster though. To make the final cut, they'll also need to work hard off the field.

"They talked about grades, and hopefully I can keep my grades up, that's the number one thing," said Jray Galeai, Kahuku safety.

As for the pressure that comes with being among the elite, the players welcome the challenge.

"You get this opportunity and people will have their eyes on you, but like I said this makes me want to work harder, and in this case have the spotlight on me and in this case work harder," said Dalton Hilliard, Punahou running back.

The final roster will be cut down to 84 players in the coming months. The game takes place on January 3rd, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas.

As in years past, you can see that game live right here on KHNL NBC News 8.

And we do know for sure Punahou linebacker Manti Teo won't play in the game.

He already accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour All America Bowl which takes place on January 4th.