Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World reporter Paul Honda spent two days on the Saint Louis campus talking to different players on the three-time defending state champion Crusaders football team. Next is a chat with quarterback Jayden de Laura.
From the outside, the Saint Louis Crusaders football program seems like a machine.
A magnificent, glossy and dominant machine. On the inside, veterans like Jayden de Laura are putting in the work day and night. Classes, homework, exams, papers, SAT prep classes, weight-room reps, on-field reps with assistant coach Marcus Kimura, more training after practice. The regimen doesn’t stop in the offseason, not for a second, which might explain why the Crusaders are three-time Open Division state champions.
de Laura took the reins at quarterback last season after Chevan Cordeiro‘s graduation. The junior passed for 2,368 yards and 19 TDs, adding 252 rushing yards and 10 TDs by ground. His efficiency was at elite level with a whopping 11.1 yards per pass attempt and 68-percent completion rate. His passer rating of 181.51 ranks among the best in state history.
He currently has offers from Hawaii and Western Kentucky.
de Laura chatted with Hawaii Prep World about the daily grind, the future of Crusader football and the recent Adidas 7-on-7 National Championships, where Team 808 Elite placed third out of 32 teams.