HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The 2011 Nike SPARQ combine tour kicked off on Saturday with over 360 athletes competing at St. Louis School for a potential berth in the second annual SPARQ rating national championship to be held this summer. Many of the state's top players came out, as well as players from Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Washington. Here is a look at the day's best from the Honolulu Nike combine.
Top rising senior performer
Brandon Brody-Heim, ATH, (Vancouver, Wash./Union)
Brody-Heim made the long flight from Washington well worth his while, posting the combine's top SPARQ rating at 104.79 and then showing very well in post-testing one-on-one drills while playing linebacker. Measuring in at a solid 5-foot-10, 199, Brody-Heim has speed (4.63 40 yard dash) and quickness (4.15 shuttle) that should help him in coverage.
Rising senior honorable mentions
Kalei Auelua, DE, (Honolulu, Hawaii/St. Louis)
Auelua earned second-team all-state honors this fall and put on a show on Saturday. He finished with the event's top power ball throw at 42.5 feet and also ran a solid 5.04 40 at 6-1, 232 pounds.
Micah Pono Choy, DB, (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kamehameha School)
Choy tested very well, posting one of the day's top shuttles at 4.03 and SPARQ rating's at 102.21. He'll need to beef up a bit after measuring 5-10, 169 pounds, but showed well in coverage drills.
Luke Kaumatule, DE, (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou)
Already holding verbal offers from Washington and Hawaii, Kaumatule displayed on Saturday why he is just one of two Hawaiian prospects listed on the ESPNU 150 Watch List for the Class of 2012. The 6-7, 242-pounder finished with an 87.57 SPARQ rating on the strength of a 4.99 40 and 39.5-foot power ball toss.
Matthew Sparks, OL, (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou)
Sparks showed very well in pass blocking drills and was clearly the top offensive lineman at the event. He has a good frame at 6-4 and 269 pounds and showed great feet with a quick 4.67 shuttle on his way to a solid 68.25 SPARQ rating.
Kila Zuttermeister, DB, (Kailua, Hawaii/Kailua)
This 5-11, 165-pounder is an athletic prospect, having put himself on the map with an 88.74 SPARQ rating last year and topping it with an 100.23 on Saturday, including a 4.59 40 and 4.00 shuttle.
Top underclassmen performer
Jeremy Tabuyo, Class of 2013 WR, (Honolulu, Hawaii/St.Louis)
Tabuyo, who first emerged at this event one year ago when he clocked a 4.58 40, topped that time on Saturday with the day's best time at 4.46. Tabuyo was perhaps the best-looking skill athlete in attendance regardless of class, and showed an early offer from Hawaii is more than justified.
Underclassmen honorable mention
Canton Kaumatule, Class of 2014 DL, (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou)
At 6-6½ and 258 pounds, the future looks bright for this mammoth freshman. He ran a 5.14 40 and a quick 4.62 shuttle.
Reeve Koehler, Class of 2013 OL, (Honolulu, Hawaii/St. Louis)
Koehler, the younger brother of former Army All-American Solomon Koehler, measured in at 6-4 and 289 pounds. He put on another outstanding testing performance for a big man, highlighted by a 39-foot power ball toss, and finished with a 78.87 SPARQ rating. Hawaii has already offered.
Isaac Savaiinaea, LB, Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii) Class of 2013
At an event filled with players that passed the eyeball test with flying colors, perhaps no one did so more than this promising rising junior out of powerhouse Punahou. A chiseled 6-2, 232 pounder, Savaiinaea ran a solid 4.93 40 and threw the power ball 40 feet on his way to a 90.27 SPARQ rating.
Kennedy Tulimaseali'I, Class of 2013 DT, (Waianae, Hawaii/Waianae)
He earned first-team all-state honors in the fall, Tulimaseali'I showed off the physical attributes that helped him earn that distinction. He measured 6-1½ and 298 pounds and clocked a 5.19 40 and 87.87 SPARQ rating.
Aofaga Wily, Class of 2013 RB, (Kahuku, Hawaii/Kahuku)
This 5-11, 180-pound back was a key player for state-power and FAB 50-ranked Kahuku this fall, rushing for 1,175 yards and 17 touchdowns. Saturday he showed he was more than just a product of the physical Red Raiders run-first offense, clocking a 4.61 40, 4.16 shuttle and throwing the power ball 36 feet on the way to a 100.86 SPARQ rating, the fourth-best at the event.
Honolulu Nike SPARQ combine top fives
1. Brandon Brody-Heim, 5-10, 199, DB, (Vancouver, Wash./Union), 104.79
2. Ikaia Nawahine, 5-10, 172, DB, (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral), 102.69
3. Micah Pono Choy, 5-10, 169, DB, (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kamehameha), 102.21
4. Aofaga Wily, 5-11, 180, RB, (Kahuku, Hawaii/Kakuku), 100.86
5. Kila Zuttermeister, 5-11, 165, DB, (Kailua, Hawaii/Kailua), 100.23
1. Jeremy Tabuyo, 5-11, 177, WR, (Honolulu, Hawaii/St. Louis), 4.46
2. Ikaia Nawahine, 5-10, 172, DB, (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral), 4.58
T-3. Kila Zuttermeister, 5-11, 165, DB, (Kailua, Hawaii/Kailua), 4.59
T-3. Frank Abreu, 5-11, 164, WR, (Honolulu, Hawaii/St. Louis), 4.59
T-5. Aofaga Wily, 5-11, 180, RB, Kakuku (Kahuku, Hawaii/Kakuku), 4.61
T-5. Jarrin Young, 5-7½, 163, RB, (Kailua, Hawaii/Kailua), 4.61
T-1. Kyle Obana, 5-9½, 163, DB, (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou), 4.00
T-1. Jason Towne, 5-6½, 146, WR, (Waianae, Hawaii/Waianae), 4.00
T-1. Kila Zuttermeister, 5-11, 165, DB, (Kailua, Hawaii/Kailua), 4.00
T-4. Micah Pono Choy, 5-10, 169, DB, (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kamehameha), 4.03
T-4. Devon Seabrooks, 6-1½, 176, QB, (Waianae, Hawaii/Waianae), 4.03
Kneeling power ball toss
1. Kalei Auelua, 6-1, 232, DE, (Honolulu, Hawaii/St. Louis), 42.5'
T-2. Keanu Foki, 5-11, 235, DE, (Kapolei, Hawaii/Farrington), 40'
T-2. Isaac Savaiinaea, 6-2, 232, LB, (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou), 40'
T-4. Bradley Hirayama, 5-7, 231, OL, (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou), 39.5'
T-4. Mathias Tuitele-Iafeta, 5-10, 244, LB, (Honolulu, Hawaii/McKinley), 39.5'
1. Ikaia Nawahine, 5-10, 172, DB, (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral), 35.2"
2. Jaylen Mitchell, 5-6½, 168, RB, (Waianae, Hawaii/Waiana), 34.9"
3. Lawrence Akana Jr., 5-9, 143, WR, (Waianae, Hawaii/Waianae), 34.0"
4. Martin Taulelei, 5-9, 194, RB, (Honolulu, Hawaii/St. Louis), 33.8"
5. Aofaga Wily, 5-11, 180, RB, (Kahuku, Hawaii/Kakuku), 33.7"