Over 350 football prospects converged on Aloha Stadium Saturday in Honolulu, Hawaii for the first Nike Football Combine of the 2010 tour. The Hawaiian Islands have long produced as many players into the NFL per capita as any other state in the US and Saturday the Aloha State's finest showed that the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013 should be no different.
Leading the day's workout warriors was 5-foot-11.5, 191-pound athlete Duke Bukoski out of St. Louis/Honolulu, Haw. Bukoski, a first-team all-state selection last fall at wideout for the state power Crusaders, clocked a 4.72 digitally-timed 40-yard dash, a quick 4.19 shuttle, threw the power ball 36-feet and jumped 33 inches in the vertical for a combine-best 96.69 SPARQ Rating*.
Right behind Bukoski in the SPARQ Rating chase was eye-catching 6-foot-6.5, 220-pound rising junior DeForest Buckner of Punahou/Honolulu, Haw. Buckner finished with a 94.26 rating on the strength of a 4.22 shuttle and 40-foot power ball throw and with his frame and athleticism has a great chance to be the state's top player and perhaps a national recruit in the Class of 2012.
Even younger than the impressive Buckner was rising sophomore Reeve Koehler, a 6-foot-3, 274-pound two-way lineman out of St. Louis. The younger brother of Solomon Koehler, an Army All-American who signed with Arizona in the Class of 2008, Reeve has a chance to be every bit the same caliber recruit if Saturday was any indication. The Class of 2013 star threw the power ball 39-5 feet and is already reporting a scholarship offer from Hawaii.
1. Jeremy Tabuyo (Honolulu, Haw./St. Louis), 4.58
Breakdown: Rising sophomore could be the next star out of powerhouse St. Louis, measuring 5-foot-10, 164 pounds and clocking day's top 40.
2. Jarrin Young (Kailua, Haw./Kailua), 4.60
Breakdown: 5-foot-7, 149-pound back was another Class of 2013 prospect that blazed a fast 40.
3. Hans Brown (Kahuku, Haw./Kahuku) 4.63
Breakdown: A 5-foot-9, 189 pound rising senior ran for over 500 yards at power Kahuku last year and could top 1,000 this fall with his size and speed.
1. Chalson Baitlon (Honolulu, Haw./Hawaii Baptist Academy), 36.5 inches
Breakdown: Shifty little slotback tested well across the board Saturday.
2. Solomon Dixon (Honolulu, Haw./McKinley), 36.4 inches
Breakdown: The 5-foot-8, 140- pound corner also clocked a 4.6 40 and is getting early looks from Idaho and others.
3. Ro Wilson (Wailuku, Haw./Baldwin), 34.4 inches
Breakdown: 6-foot-1, 169- pound wideout earned all-state honors last fall and backed it up on Saturday with a solid combine.
1. Chris Feyjoo-Sanchez (Honolulu, Haw., Moanalua), 3.97
Breakdown: 6-foot, 162-pound receiver showed great quickness and also had one of the combine's top SPARQ Ratings.
2. Bronson Yim (Honolulu, Haw./St. Louis), 4.00
Breakdown: 5-foot-8, 16- pound cornerback opened eyes with super-quick shuttle time.
3. Jesse Carney (Kailua, Haw./Kalaheo), 4.03
Breakdown: Senior to-be running back had solid all-around day and could be one of state's best in Class of 2011.
Power Ball throw
1. Richard Villasenor (Honolulu, Haw./Moanalua), 41 feet
Breakdown: Solid 6-foot, 240 pounder has a chance to grow into capable d-line recruit.
2. DeForest Buckner (Honolulu, Haw./Punahou), 40 feet
Breakdown: The 6-foot-6, 220-pound rising junior defensive end had outstanding day and may have stamped himself as state's top prospect in Class of 2012.
3. Lokahi Matsuo (Honolulu, Haw./Punahou), 40 feet
Breakdown: Another Punahou prospect who starred in the power ball - they must have been practicing and preparing for the event all week!
Note: All results should be considered unofficial until full results are posted later in the week.
A quick explanation of the events:
The SPARQ Rating is a scoring system designed to measure football-specific athleticism by combining results in the four combine tests: 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and power ball throw.
The 40-yard dash at Nike Football Combines are timed using SPARQ digital timing. Not all players choose to test, and some have their marks scratched in individual events.
The shuttle run at the Nike Football Combine is timed with stopwatches, and players must touch the lines with their hand. Not all players choose to test, and some have their marks scratched in individual events.
The vertical jump at the Nike Football Combine is measured on jump pads in inches. Not all players choose to test, and some have their marks scratched in individual events.
*The kneeling power-ball throw is a test of upper-body and core strength and is measured in feet to the nearest half-foot. Not all players choose to test, and some have their marks scratched in individual events.
ESPN RISE will have much more from the Honolulu Nike Combine throughout the week, including top testing results from each event, more standout performances, the recruiting buzz from the combine, an all-combine team and complete results by the end of the week.