The following are the Polynesian athletes that will be participating in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Farrington High School | Honolulu, HI
V.J. put together back-to-back All-State seasons. He played more outside linebacker but could wind up playing inside linebacker in college. He does a great job of playing off blocks and making tackles from sideline to sideline. He totaled 86 tackles, 10 sacks, and one interception in his Junior season. ”He is an instinctive, tough, and aggressive linebacker, who consistently makes plays from sideline to sideline, all game long.
Ricky HeimuliDefensive Line
Brighton High School | Salt Lake City, UT
Heimuli has the size and strength to bull rush his way back to the quarterback, as well as impressive speed to help chase down the ball carrier. He gets a good jump on the snap and uses quick hands to help him maintain separation. In his sophomore year, he recorded 57 tackles (seven for losses), 4 ½ sacks and one interception. As a junior, he totaled 40 tackles (ten for losses) and five sacks. “Heimuli is one of the best defensive players to come out of Utah in quite some time. He’s impossible to block with his bull rush and strength that is unmatched by anybody in the nation. He’s also a very intelligent defender and knows what it takes to make the big play at key times.”
Sione PotoaeDefensive Line
Lakes High School | Lakewood, WA
Potoa’e is an active player that uses his quickness off the ball to get penetration in the gaps. He explodes off the ball low and with good pad level, and uses his pads very well to keep separation. He is always around the ball, and sheds blocks effectively before wrapping up the ball carrier. As a junior, he recorded 44 tackles and two sacks. “A physical and aggressive ball player, he shows good backside pursuit and at all times he is moving towards the ball. A relentless playmaker.”
Ross ApoWide Reciever
The Oakridge School | Arlington, TX
Apo displays good stance and start, exploding off the ball and getting into his route quickly. With his size, he is a massive target across the middle and down the seam. He has deceptive speed, and covers a lot of ground quickly with his long stride. He is a great red zone target because of his height and leaping ability. As a junior, he hauled in 37 passes for 764 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. “He competes for the ball in flight and is at his best in tough situations. He can hurt you in underneath zones, he’s the consummate wide receiver who does whatever it takes to improve his game.”