Hawaii is a very underrated state as far as football talent is concerned. And for obvious reasons, mostly economical, it is a very under-recruited state. When I was there on my recent four-day trip to Oahu, about the only major school I saw was Michigan. And that was only because the son of Michigan running backs coach Fred Jackson plays on the island.
But I saw two players who rate among the best I have seen. Both of them are capable of playing in the Big 10. It will be interesting to see if any Midwest schools show any interest in them.
They are quarterback Andrew Manley and safety Jeremy Ioane. Remember those names.
Manley is a 6-3, 220-pounder who passed for 3,100 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior. He has a big-time arm. But he has no scholarship offers at this time. I'm surprised. I think he is a big-time player. He can fit into a pro-style or spread offense.
Ioane, a 5-11, 188-pounder, is the hardest hitting safety I have seen anywhere in the country. He also is an excellent student with a 3.3 grade-point average. He attends the same school as President Barack Obama and Notre Dame freshman linebacker Manti Te'o. He has offers from Arkansas and Washington.
It was an enjoyable four-day trip. I went to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, jogged up Diamond Head, spoke at Sportslink's quarterback camp and met a lot of promising sophomore and junior prospects.
More colleges should schedule recruiting trips to Hawaii. The Pac-10 goes there but few schools from the rest of the country.
Meanwhile, I'll continue my annual tour in Tampa, Florida, on Dec. 26, then begin a two-and-a-half weeks trip to Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. I'll spend a week in San Antonio for the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl and U.S. Army combine.