Star-Advertiser Preseason Top 10 Countdown
Today: No. 4 Kamehameha
Andrew Aleki was an important cog in a deep, talented defensive unit at Kamehameha a year ago.
This season, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior defensive end/linebacker is a leader on a defense with just four returning starters.
“He can do it all. Put his hand in the dirt. Drop back into coverage. Use his pass rushing ability,” first-year Kamehameha head coach Abu Maafala said. “His versatility is great because it allows us to do different things.”
Aleki has been on the radar of Pac-12 and Mountain West recruiters for roughly a year now. He has offers from Air Force, Hawaii, UNLV, Oregon State, San Diego State, Washington State.
With two returning, highly-productive quarterbacks — among seven players who started last season — the offense at Kapalama Heights has plenty of potential. The youthful defense could benefit from a balanced offensive attack, but the rigorous ILH might force more inexperienced Warrior defenders into the fire.
“Andrew leads by example and helps encourage his other teammates to give their best effort,” Maafala said.