The seventh annual GPA Showcase wrapped up on Wednesday, providing prep football players from Hawai’i a chance to learn and display their skills to college coaches from around the United States.
One of the most intensely scouted sections of the camp is the Men in the Trenches portion, for offensive and defensive linemen.
“It was a good chance for me to get my name out there to the college world and hopefully get my name out there to play at the next level,” said Anthony Sagapolute who is entering his junior at defending state champion St. Louis.
All levels of college football besides Division-I were represented at the campus of Kamehameha this week.
“It’s nerve wracking,” said Sagapolutele. “You want to do good for them. In your mind you got to stay calm and be patient.”
“It’s a lot of pressure but just gotta go through it, focus on what you’re doing first,” said Naomas Asuega-Fualaau, a soon-to be senior at Kaimuki High School. The Bulldog led his team with 14 rushing touchdowns and nearly 1,000 yards on the ground last season. He was listed as a RB/DB but impressed multiple college coaches as a pass rusher at the GPA Showcase.
“I’ve learned a lot over the years I’ve been going to the GPA camps,” said Asuega-Fualaau who has been attending the camps for three years.
Asuega-Fualaau and Sagapotutele were two of three D-lineman given awards at the end of the camp. Three O-lineman awards were distributed as well.
“The college coaches really help us out,” said Sagapolutele. “Just taking the time, just giving a part of their life to be over here on this island and give their time to us, it’s truly a blessing.”