The one who got away came back yesterday, this time bringing along a guest.
Offensive lineman Paulay Asiata, who will play for Colorado in the fall, attended the Hawaii football team’s Big Man’s Camp for offensive and defensive linemen. Asiata came to watch his cousin, defensive end Titus Failauga, who is expected to be one of the state’s top high school football juniors this coming season.
"My cousin told me it was a good camp," said Failauga, a Mid-Pacific Institute student who competes for Pac-Five. "I thought I’d come out here and try to do my best."
This is the fourth year the Warriors are hosting a series of camps for high school-aged players.
"I think it’s part of my responsibility as head football coach of the University of Hawaii to have a reasonably priced camp so players can work on techniques and fundamentals from, in my opinion, some of the best assistant coaches in the country," said Greg McMackin, whose staff also offers a seminar on the academic procedures needed for college admission.
The camp also serves the wink-wink purpose as an audition for scouting services. Quarterback Corey Nielsen, receiver Samson Anguay, and linemen Sean Shigematsu, David Lefotu, Jordan Loeffler and Frank Loyd are among Warriors who attended the camps as high school students.
"It’s a pretty good camp," Loyd said. "I felt I learned a lot."
Loyd’s brother, Chris Loyd, an offensive lineman for Moanalua High, participated in the Big Man’s Camp, which runs through Sunday. He is a 6-foot-3 and now weighs 240.
"I was 185 last year," Chris Loyd said.
Kory Rasmussen, a defensive lineman from Kamehameha Schools, and McKinley offensive lineman MacKenzie Togafau drew the most attention.
Rasmussen is 6-3 and 255 pounds. He already has received scholarship offers from Colorado, Arizona and Washington.
"I’m looking at UH, too," he said. "We’ve always supported UH. We’ve gone to the games."
Togafau, who is 6-3 and 320 pounds, has received offers from Colorado and Oregon. Utah recently entered the competition.
"All I’m thinking about is playing ball and doing well in school," said Togafau, who has an interest in sports medicine.
Failauga, who won’t be able to sign a letter of intent until February 2013, has become a person of interest. Colorado and Washington State indicated they will extend offers.
"Hopefully, I’ll get more this year," Failauga said.
As for the host school, Failauga smiled and said: "My dad is a big UH fan."