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  • JurDocDuLac
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    Wow. Love that sleeve.

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  • Luckylucci
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    He’s up to 226 and I think that will make a difference.

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  • Southside Sully
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    Originally posted by AKRowdy View Post
    Still looks like a stick on the field but the way he blew up the line on a blitz and pushed the C or G back into Howell was so nice.
    This.. I loved seeing him do this multiple times

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  • SonofOahu
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    Originally posted by Chicago Domer View Post
    I don’t understand what changed with the Lee Brothers regarding recruiting. They have been at St. Louis High school for years. This year the head coach moved to DC, while the OC brother became head coach.
    They left SLS and then Cal returned around 2014-2015. The program took a downturn in those years, and Punahou really picked up their efforts to bring in kids who probably would have ended up playing for SLS. If not for Marcus Mariota and his Heisman win, SLS may not have survived. Not just the athletic program, but the whole school.

    I think you're going to see SLS dominate for a few years, again. There's a group of former Kamehameha players whose kids play at SLS. They call themselves the Kamehameha Grad - St. Louis Dad group. Schools like Punahou, Iolani, etc. can't even field JV teams. There's not enough interest in football.

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  • yankeehater
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    Originally posted by SonofOahu View Post
    If you want to know what's up in Hawaii, you know who to ask.
    You nailed it. I was just going to say he plays so aggressive and with no fear. Obviously, you saw that in his high school playing too.

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  • Chicago Domer
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    I don’t understand what changed with the Lee Brothers regarding recruiting. They have been at St. Louis High school for years. This year the head coach moved to DC, while the OC brother became head coach.

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  • SonofOahu
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    Originally posted by zelezo vlk View Post
    How good is the LB in the 22 class?

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    Hard to say, football hasn't started up. I know people are high on Tafiti, but I don't think he's going to be a game-changer at the college level. He has good potential upside, but I can see him being a solid role-player as opposed to dominant end. Maybe I'll be wrong. He's benefitted from three years of varsity ball (Punahou stopped fielding a JV team), so his technique has a little more polish. He's still learning how to use his hands, like most high school players.

    If anything, keep an eye on St. Louis High School. With the Lee Brothers there, the recruiting pipeline that Punahou benefitted from went dry. I believe ND is looking at a couple of linemen at SLHS, right now. These are big mauler types. Kahuku is in all sorts of chaos. It will be interesting to see how their team fares. No one else has players that caught my eye, last year. Not big-time college potential, anyway.

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  • zelezo vlk
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    Originally posted by SonofOahu View Post
    If you want to know what's up in Hawaii, you know who to ask.
    How good is the LB in the 22 class?

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  • SonofOahu
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    Originally posted by SonofOahu View Post
    Work's been brutal, but I wanted to hop on because I'm super stoked that Marist is going to ND. This kid is the best player on Punahou's defense, hands down. He was a superior LB, even with Tufono next to him. He has no fear, and he flashes all over the place. The most recent player I would compare him to is Jeremy Ioane. Yes, the hair will automatically remind people of Polamalu.

    From all the games I watched, this year, I'd consider him the third-best defensive player in Hawaii behind Tuitele and Botelho. I tell you this, though, I think Botelho will be the best defensive player to come of out Hawaii since Manti.
    If you want to know what's up in Hawaii, you know who to ask.

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  • Irish YJ
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    Originally posted by NDPhilly View Post
    Excited to have 3 more years of him after this. Plays like JOK - athletic and violent.
    I hate to lose JOK, but Liufau, Kiser, and Bauer should be pretty good. I think we'll get to see a lot of the young guys next weekend too.

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  • NDFAN420
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    Originally posted by IrishLax View Post
    The game plan of “just shoot this gap and create havoc” worked wonders for him. He is a big, rangy athlete still filling out his body but his aggressiveness and athleticism absolutely wrecked UNC in the second half.
    He's going to get about 7-8 sacks a year as a backup on the Steelers before signing a big money deal somewhere.

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  • NDPhilly
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    Excited to have 3 more years of him after this. Plays like JOK - athletic and violent.

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  • Mavericknyc1980
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    Kid played a great game. I had to look up the depth chart.

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  • texbender
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    Marist is a beast, hope we see lots more of him. Great game!

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  • DomerInHappyValley
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    These linebackers from Hawaii just tend to work out for us.

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  • Irish#1
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    He looked very good and UNC had no answer for him.

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  • IrishLax
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    Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
    BK said earlier in the year they like his ability to blitz and create pressure. However, it seemed like he wasn’t physical enough with the OL or RB’s on those opportunities, previously. Not tonight. He was popping guys and knocking them back.
    The game plan of “just shoot this gap and create havoc” worked wonders for him. He is a big, rangy athlete still filling out his body but his aggressiveness and athleticism absolutely wrecked UNC in the second half.

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  • irish4ever
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    Originally posted by Junkhead View Post
    I only casually follow recruiting anymore. I won't lie, I had to look up the roster to even know who #35 was. He looked good today!
    I was lost too as who it was. He was playing with mission today!

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  • Junkhead
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    I only casually follow recruiting anymore. I won't lie, I had to look up the roster to even know who #35 was. He looked good today!

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  • Luckylucci
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    BK said earlier in the year they like his ability to blitz and create pressure. However, it seemed like he wasn’t physical enough with the OL or RB’s on those opportunities, previously. Not tonight. He was popping guys and knocking them back.

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  • KellyIsIt
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    One word. Violent. This is what the coaches must have been seeing in practice.

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  • Sherm Sticky
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    Originally posted by 317Irish View Post
    Would have to rewatch full game for a true grade but man I’m gonna have have nightmares of watching how slow Simon was to react on plays and I’ll be relieved with how Marist was able to make plays.

    It’s interesting that it seems each one on the Buck linebackers bring a slightly different skill set that works well against different offenses.

    Simon was a stud against Clemson, by far his best game. Simon seems to also do well in coverage which seems to have severed him well against Clemson.

    Marist was a stud today against UNC, by far his best game. Playing down hill and blitzing seems to be his strong suit.

    Kiser...not sure if he has just one specialty, but he seems pretty well rounded. His breakout game was obviously USF.

    No wonder JGH transferred out. ND is loaded with young talent at LB, specifically Buck LB. And I didn’t even mention Jack Lamb who seems to still be recovering from his injury and finding his way.


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  • Luckylucci
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    He was so much more physical today. Loved this guy as a recruit. Hopefully this is a sign of more to come.

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  • irishff1014
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    The dude was flying around.

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  • AKRowdy
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    Still looks like a stick on the field but the way he blew up the line on a blitz and pushed the C or G back into Howell was so nice.

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  • 317Irish
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    Originally posted by T-Boone View Post
    Yeah he was gooood. So was White.
    Would have to rewatch full game for a true grade but man I’m gonna have have nightmares of watching how slow Simon was to react on plays and I’ll be relieved with how Marist was able to make plays.

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  • FightingIrishLover7
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    Originally posted by Riddickulous View Post
    Give me more of this Marist Liufau, please.
    Quote this under "things people haven't said all year" lol

    But for real, I just KNEW he had to be special for Clark to give him so many reps. People slammed on the guy early on (then injury? or covid? both) but dude FLASHED today.

    If LBs keep playing like this watch out

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  • T-Boone
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    Yeah he was gooood. So was White.

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  • Riddickulous
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    Give me more of this Marist Liufau, please.

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  • FightingIrishLover7
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    Flyin' Hawaiian

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  • Luckylucci
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    Also, he’s up to 226. Which due to his length still looks skinny but is a nice improvement from 213. Been a huge fan of Marist. Excited to watch him this season.

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  • ThePiombino
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    Originally posted by Riddickulous View Post
    Clark Lea was such a great hire.
    Gonna miss him next year *tear*

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  • Riddickulous
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    Clark Lea was such a great hire.

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  • ThePiombino
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    I hope we NEVER stop recruiting Hawaii

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  • zelezo vlk
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    Very happy to see that Marist is ready to see the field! I cannot wait to see him fly all over making plays. Imagine if he actually had to grayshirt

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  • arrowryan
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    A relatively late addition to the 2019 class and he's quickly turning into a stud. Can't wait to see what he can do this year.

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  • Crazy Balki
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    I have to agree.

    I get a bad feeling we're going to do the same thing with Marist that we did with Jamir Jones.

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  • IRISHMAN
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    Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
    He’s playing well enough that they may not 4 game RS him. Ekwonu and Bertrand will for sure. Now if that happens he better get a real shot at the two deep this Spring.
    yeah I don't want him to waste a redshirt year buried on the depth chart just covering kicks.

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  • JD Irish
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    The sooner he moves to WDE, a la Oghoufo, the better, in my opinion.

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  • Luckylucci
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    Originally posted by Pops Freshenmeyer View Post
    He's viewed as a Rover, though, isn't he? At least, he's listed at 213. That's a tough depth chart to bust through.

    OTOH, if he could put on another 20 pounds...
    I believe he started at Rover and then moved to Buck.

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  • Pops Freshenmeyer
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    Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
    He’s playing well enough that they may not 4 game RS him. Ekwonu and Bertrand will for sure. Now if that happens he better get a real shot at the two deep this Spring.
    He's viewed as a Rover, though, isn't he? At least, he's listed at 213. That's a tough depth chart to bust through.

    OTOH, if he could put on another 20 pounds...

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  • Luckylucci
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    He’s playing well enough that they may not 4 game RS him. Ekwonu and Bertrand will for sure. Now if that happens he better get a real shot at the two deep this Spring.

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  • IRISHMAN
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    Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
    Played really well on ST’s and received some heavy praise from Kelly during his Sunday teleconference.
    they say he plays like his hair is on fire, I would love to see him get some snaps a LB this weekend vs bowling green.

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  • Luckylucci
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    Played really well on ST’s and received some heavy praise from Kelly during his Sunday teleconference.

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  • Sherm Sticky
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    Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
    ISD said when he showed up that his length would indicate that Shark end could be a possibility depending on his future growth. Also, he came in at 195 and is apparently already up to 213. Seems kind of crazy but that's what they said.

    Really excited about his potential.
    It's them polynesian genes bro

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  • Luckylucci
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    Originally posted by Edge View Post
    Could see him at end with his size and potential growth
    ISD said when he showed up that his length would indicate that Shark end could be a possibility depending on his future growth. Also, he came in at 195 and is apparently already up to 213. Seems kind of crazy but that's what they said.

    Really excited about his potential.

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  • Edge
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    Could see him at end with his size and potential growth

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  • dublinirish
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    mentioned on the II podcast that Marist will start his ND career playing Buck

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  • SouthSideChiDomer
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    Originally posted by NDCrusader View Post
    Makes sense. Sorta like how the Sox black & white catches that whole prison uniform vibe.
    I'm pretty sure thats the only reason the Sox have stayed profitable over all these years of sucking.

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