Texas Tech surprise for Kapolei frosh Savea

Rocky Savea was impressive in the 1-on-1 battles between Fastletics OLBs and Brian Derby Camp offensive linemen. May 31, 2015. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser
Rocky Savea was impressive in the 1-on-1 battles between Fastletics OLBs and Brian Derby Camp offensive linemen. May 31, 2015. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

Rocky Savea has enough on his mind as a freshman in high school.

Running the beach at 6 a.m. Lifting weights. Hitting the books. But his life took a great jolt — in a good way — when Oregon State offered him a scholarship on May 21.

Now, Texas Tech is showing more than a little interest in the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Kapolei linebacker. A Red Raiders assistant coach was on campus recently to scout talent. By today, Savea’s father, Toma, received a call from the coach, who made a scholarship offer. Savea’s family is surprised. Pleasantly surprised.


“All I know, he came to our practice at Kapolei and I didn’t know he was filming Rocky,” Toma Savea texted. “I’m just shocked about this whole thing. I didn’t talk to this coach or think that he had any interest in my son.”

Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez said he has been in contact with Texas Tech, and he knew they were very interested.


“I do know that he was on their radar when they visited and watched him,” Hernandez said on Saturday night. “Texas Tech linebackers coach Mike Smith was very high on him. Because of his recent offer from Oregon State, I think more college programs are going to be watching his development closely”


Texas Tech hadn’t been much of a recruiter of island talent until landing the Fehoko brothers, Sam (now a Texas Tech linebackers coach), and V.J. (now with the Cleveland Browns). This year, Farrington’s All-American defensive lineman, Breiden Fehoko, completed his high school courses early and enrolled at the Lubbock campus in the spring on scholarship.

Update Jume 7 – Toma Savea clarified that he received the phone call when Texas Tech offered a scholarship to his son, Rocky.

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