The seventh annual GPA Showcase got underway on Tuesday on the campus of Kamehameha Kapalama.
More than 250 prep football players hit the field. They were joined by dozens of carefully observing collegiate coaches with intentions of putting Hawaii football players on scholarship.
Among those coaches was Campbell grad and former University of Hawaii center Derek Faavi. The offensive coordinator and O-line coach at Adams State in the Rocky Mountain Conference is in his fourth season with the Division II program.
““It’s great to come back and see the local talent,” said Faavi. “Very familiar with the local talent as a lot of people do and it’s great to have the opportunity to be here. Thanks to Rich Miano and the staff and GPA allowing us the opportunity to recruit.”
Faavi has been surrounded by impactful coaches over the course of his career, such as Rich Miano and June Jones.
“It’s guys like that as well as Mike Cavanough. So many coaches I’ve been around influence you whether you know it or not. So it was a privilege to play the game, but to coach the game is something special too,” said Faavi.
Faavi who is the uncle of Alabama quarterbacks Tua and Taulia Tagovailoa was a three-year-starter for UH. And won two bowl games in that stretch. He earned the Alec Waterhouse Award as team MVP in 2005.
“Just looking for the next group of kids. I’m alway looking for offensive line, defensive linemen. We’ll see what’s out there and go from there.”
The GPA Showcase wraps up on Wednesday.