GPA Football Showcase: Day 3 update


Another picturesque, sunny morning in Lower Manoa, where the GPA Football College Showcase enters its third and final day.

Saturday was a long grind in the heat. This morning’s workout and 1-on-1s is a real test for the best of the best. Being in top condition pays off this morning. More later.

GPA Football College Showcase
Sunday, June 12 (day 3)

Sunday’s itinerary
8:45 a.m. College coaches check in.
9-9:20 a.m. Agilities (Coach Ikei).
9:20-9:25 a.m. Water break. Divide field: Field 1 (Ching) – offensive skills. Field 2 – defensive skills. Field 3 – OL/DL.
9:25-9:40 a.m. Individual.
9:40-9:45 a.m. Water break, speaker. All skill players report to Ching (Field 1).
9:45-11 a.m. 7-on-7 skills, OL/DL. Divide field into five levels: Levels 1 and 2, Ching; levels 3 and 4, soccer field; field 5 (grass field), OL/DL.
11-11:10 a.m. Water break, speaker (college coach).
11:10-Noon Showcase, positiion 1-on-1 (OL vs. DL, RB vs. LB, WR vs. DB). Speaker, awards, closing statements.
Awards and trophies:
fastest player, 150-200, 200-250, 250-up
MVP: QB, WR/TE, RB, OL, DL, LB, DB, overall offensive MVP, overall defensive MVP.

Tua Tagovailoa at QB.
Tua Tagovailoa at QB.

First unit features Tua Tagovailoa of Saint Louis (Alabama commit) at QB. Defense stops him after three snaps.


Nick Kapule of Punahou is next at QB. Another stop by the defense.

Next is Justice Young of Kamehameha. Another stop by the D.

Justin Uahinui of Farrington at QB.
Justin Uahinui of Farrington at QB.

Next is Justin Uahinui of Farrington. Defensive INT in the end zone. That makes it 5-0 in favor of the defense.

Taulia Tagovailoa of Kapolei marched the offense downfield.
Taulia Tagovailoa of Kapolei marched the offense downfield.

Next QB is Kapolei’s Taulia Tagovailoa. He directs the offense downfield but there’s a drop in the end zone on a slant route. Taumua checks down to a RB wearing a Kalihi Disciples jersey, touchdown.

Taulia Tagovailoa of Kapolei marched the offense downfield.
Taulia Tagovailoa of Kapolei marched the offense downfield.
Dillon Gabriel of Mililani at QB.
Dillon Gabriel of Mililani at QB.

Next is Dillon Gabriel of Mililani. Very crisp like Taulia. Taking the short passes. Fourth-down pass inside the 10 is deflected.


Thomas Yam of Kamehameha with a nice drive to the 3, but defense stops him with two great deflections.

Next QB, no ID, has a nice wheel route throw on the left sideline to Mosi Afe of Farrington for a 20-yard gain, but the defense locks down.

Next possession also stopped.

Tua Tagovailoa returns and is picked off on a deep pass to the left pylon.

Kapule back on the field, hits Castle’s Jeremy McGoldrick of Castle on a 10-yard out. Post pass at the goal line by another WR is dropped. He hauls in the next pass for a TD, fly route against tight coverage, 25 yards.

Young at QB, drive killed by an interception. Looks like 21 with a white and light blue jersey with a maroon helmet. Laakea Kahoohanohano-Davis?

Yam (?) at QB, hitting wide routes. Defensive holding moves the ball to the 5. His completion is ruled out at the 1. End of drive and 1 more point for the D.

Taulia at QB, launches a bomb for a 37-yard gain to Campbell #10. Taulia’s pass to a RB covers the rest for a TD.

Gabriel returns at QB. Drives the O downfield, out pass nearly picked at the goal line. Wish there was a way to ID everyone. Defense with a stop.

Alaka'i Yuen of Moanalua at QB.
Alaka’i Yuen of Moanalua at QB.

Alaka’i Yuen takes the field at QB and fires a 30-yard strike to another Moanalua player. Complete despite a defensive holding flag. Drive stalls.


Saint Louis’ 6-4 WR Chris Sykes with a smooth catch down the sideline for 28 yards. QB no ID. Looks like a red jersey and navy blue helmet. Drive stalls.

Next possession, ball sails through a receiver’s hands and is picked off by #4 on red and black.

Next series, 30-yard TD pass and the offense beats the defense.

2:25 p.m.
The OL/DL, RB/LB and WR/DB 1-on-1s closed out the Showcase. Awards presentation followed.

Ryan Ramones (Moanalua)
Ethan Takeyama (Punahou)

Taulia Tagovailoa (Kapolei)
Justin Uahinui (Farrington)

Chalen Faamatau (Farrington)
T.J. Tautolo (Farrington)

Mike Minihan (Saint Louis)
Arasi Mose (Saint louis)

Isaiah Tufaga (Saint Louis)
Kaulana Makaula (Punahou)

Jace Smalley (Saint Louis)
Seyddrick Lakalaka (Punahou)

Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa (Kapolei)
Faatui Tuitele (Saint Louis)

Fastest Man Skills
Laakea Hanohano-Davis (Baldwin)

Fastest Man Big Skills
Javen Towne (Waianae)

Fastest Big Man
Christian Mejia (Kailua)

Offensive MVP
Vili Fisiiahi (Kahuku)

Defensive MVP
Isaac Slade-Matautia (Saint louis)

Overall MVP
Tua Tagovailoa (Saint Louis)


  1. Ackrite June 12, 2016 2:31 pm

    Is it me or did St. Louis take all the awards… Lol

  2. Mahatma Gandhi June 12, 2016 3:18 pm

    Ackrite, St Louis and all their football recruits. win-at-all-costs football program

  3. Ackrite June 14, 2016 1:06 am

    Mahatma Gandhi,
    I was just surprised that no Kahuku kids won any awards… Well besides the Oline kid who really is prolly the best center in the state, but I heard he’s from Kaiser…

    Just seems weird that Kahuku has the best athletes almost every year and brings home OIA titles about every year n State titles about every other year yet nobody got an award?!!! That’s why it’s not good to have local coaches do these kinds of camps and especially when Chad Ikei n Rich Miano have a relationship with most of the kids that won awards…

    I mean those kids are good but just seems fishy to me… I hope less kids attend next year because this camp seems geared towards certain kids, instead of kids actually getting a decent look! Couple of people I talked to said the local coaches running the camp were taking reps away from other kids and giving more reps to their kids… Unreal! Lol!

  4. The Rim June 14, 2016 8:58 am

    500 + kids at an average of $200 per kid to attend, not to mention additional travel costs if you coming from outer Islands…. registration fees alone bring in over $110,000 for three days, not a bad deal for someone. Like I said in a earlier post, save your money unless your child is one of the chosen ones. If not, lucky your kid gets one rep.

  5. phILHarmonic June 15, 2016 2:22 pm

    Some suggestions for next combine:

    -stagger the times of participation. maybe make three groups at three different times.
    – no high school or community coaches running the combine.
    – less focus on character, more on technique and execution and athletic ability of players
    – cut down the drills.
    – and lastly, come up with a system to have kids line up and get even amount of reps, no cutting the line.

    I appreciate the people who put the combine together very much. these are critiques to possibly enhance the combine. i firmly believe that if you want to stick out you have to do something that catches the eyes of the scouts. if you dont thats on you, even if there seems to be preferential treatment or more love given to other players. these critiques are based on the product that is being offered should equal the amount of $ being spent by families, that is all.

    that being said, The Rim is the man, prophet man. lol.

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