We began our coverage of the boys of Hawaii this season mainly because the Hawaiian’s have been influencing Northwest Football since they began coming here to play in the 1970’s. The fierceness these boys play with is something very real and the love they have for the game is awesome!
We consider our Coaching friends and connections in the State of Hawaii to be strong and appreciate all they have done to help our kids here in the Northwest. Therefore we consider Hawaii a big part of the Northwest Prep Sports Family.
One guy we covered in 2011 and again in 2012 is Running Back Paul Andrew Rhoden out of James Campbell High School. He was a stand out at the Nike Football Training Camp and looked as good as anyone there. His stats in 2012 were solid although not eye popping.
But look at his numbers in terms of what he brings to the field. Rhoden is a power back at 205 pounds, runs a 10.6 second 100 Meter, and he has a 3.79 GPA. That 10.6 makes him one of the 3 or 4 fastest guys in the West and we saw that develop at the Academic All American Game last month at Lewis and Clark where he racked up some big yards helping team Hawaii win.
He is worth a look in our view and we believe he can play at the 1AA level at least. Another great kid from the State of Hawaii.
|School and Class:|
|James Campbell High School 2013|
|Phone and EMail|
|Height – Weight- Speed – Strength|
|Height: 6’0; Weight: 205 lbs; 40 time: 4.71; 100 meter: 10.6; Bench 275 lbs; Squat: 405 lbs; Shuttle: 4.3; Vertical: 31.5 inches|
|ON: Is there any recent news on the Collegiate front? Have you been contacted by any schools via phone, email, mail, text, or Facebook etc?|
|Occidental College; Worcestor Polytechnic Institute; South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; University of Minnesota-Crookston;|
|ON: How was the Season for you and the Team?|
|Rushed for 462 yards and 4 TDs on 87 carries; Caught 14 passes for 80 yards and 1 TD. Was selected as 1st Team All-Division Running Back.The James Campbell High School Sabers went 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red West Division.|
|What Position(s) are you playing this season?|
|ON: Are you happy with your progress?|
|I feel I am a strong runner, pass blocker, and receiver out of the backfield, however I have worked to improve pass catching abilities and ball security since freshman year and I feel the work has paid off.|
|On: What is your favorite part of the Football season?|
|My favorite part of the football season is practicing everyday and competing on game night because football is my passion in life and any time I get to contribute to my team on the field I enjoy it.|
|In a year from now what do you want to look back on and remember about this season that is just ahead?|
|I want to remember having a successful season where my team and I win a ton of games and have a deep playoff run or win the state championship.|
|Name some guys who you have been impressed with on your team? Any surprises or young guys standing out?|
|A couple guys that stand out as great players on my team are the seniors LB Solomon Leaeno, OL Logan Santiago, DE Amate Savusa, QB Justin Tago-Sue, LB Donovan Poniatowski, DB Corian Reyes-Thomas, WR Brannon Bantolina and WR Alonzo Everret. Some young underclassmen that stood out this year were RB Tristan Pebria, DB/LB Canaan Saole, WR Jayce Bantolina, DB Makaio Hopeau-Lampitoc, and WR Amosa Amosa Jr.|
|ON: Why should a college recruit you when there are so many kids out there? What sets you apart?|
|A college should recruit me because not only do I have a strong passion for the sport of football but I handle myself well in the classroom, made evident by my 3.729 GPA. Also, I am very coachable and humble and will not embarrass the program on or off the field.|
|Offers of Visitations:|
|South Dakota School of Mines and Technology|
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