The UW adds Afoa Meadow not onto Hopoi's tricks
Richard Linde, 31 January 2003
to the Seattle Times, Wilson Afoa (6-foot-3, 260, DE) out of Saint Louis
high school in Honolulu, Hawaii has verbally committed to the University of
Washington. Afoa joins Mike Mapu (6-foot-4, 250) of Mesa Junior College and
Jordan Reffett (6-foot-6, 240) as one of three defensive linemen in the 2003 recruiting class thus far. The Huskies
hope to land nose tackle Mathew Malele (Carson, Calif.) to play nose tackle.
Malele would be a huge get for
the Dawgs, since he has the potential to contribute this fall. Mapu is a
candidate to fill the slot vacated by DL Kai Ellis, lost to graduation.
Afoa was named Hawaii’s high
school defensive player of the year last fall, and he told the Honolulu
Advertiser that he liked Washington’s facilities and their schools of
This last season, Afoa had
51 tackles and 19 for a loss.
Afoa should feel right at home at
Washington, as the Dawgs have a number of players of Polynesian descent on
The Polys at the UW are an
affable group who are more than willing to talk to fans and pose for
photographs on Picture Day.
Appearing in the photo (Picture Day 2002) above, are Manase Hopoi
(56), Joseph Lobendahn (53), Tui Alailefaleula (55), Francisco Tipoti (71),
Tusi Sa'au (61), and Willie Kava (66). The young man clutching the football
will play quarterback for the Huskies in 2017.
On that day, I asked DL Hopoi (56, arms crossed) how it was that he was able to blow by OL
Robin Meadow on so many plays during the spring game. With a big smile on his
face, he told me that Meadow hadn't caught on to his tricks yet, although he was
learning them pretty fast.
Some of the Polys at Washington:
Tom Williams, outside linebacker's coach, was a defensive
coordinator at the University of Hawaii in 1975.
Offensive coordinator Keith Gilbertson played for Hawaii (1968,
Former Kamehameha athlete Ikaika Malloe (lettered at Washington
1993-1996) also is on Washington's staff.
Former Iolani trainer Craig Moriwaki is now a trainer at University
of Washington. When Donny Mateaki tripped to Washington, Husky players
William Kava and Joe Lobendahn hosted him. He also met with Ikaika Malloe
and former player Ink Aleaga.
Joseph Lobendahn (inside linebacker, 5-foot-11, freshman) hails
from Honolulu, Hawaii.
Kava (6-foot-3, 275, offensive lineman, Laie, Hawaii) is of the Mormon
Zach Tuiasosopo (outside linebacker, 6-foot-2, 235, redshirt
sophomore, Woodinville, Washington) is of Samoan descent.
Tui Alailealeula (defensive lineman, 6-foot-4, 270,
Anchorage, Alaska) is of Samoan descent.
Tusi Sa’au (defensive lineman, 6-foot-2, 300,
Washington) was born in America Samoa.
Manase Hopoi defensive end, 6-foot-4, 240,
Ken Walker, fullback (6-foot-1, 230, redshirt senior) is from
Houdini Jackson (6-foot-1, 245, outside linebacker) played for Tom
Williams at Hawaii.