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Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 4-Star DE Canton Kaumatule

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IApril 30, 2014

Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 4-Star DE Canton Kaumatule

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    Canton Kaumatule is a 4-star defensive end from Honolulu who is a hot commodity on the recruiting trail. Hawaii may be considered a lovely destination by a lot of people, but Kaumatule has made it quite the opposite for opposing players in the state.

    He has excellent size and strength, plus he is always hustling on the field. Many college coaches are vying for his services, but the defender will only be able to choose one school.

    Kaumatule deserves a more in-depth look as a prospect.

Who Is Canton Kaumatule?

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    Kaumatule is a stud defensive end who plays for Punahou School in Hawaii. He exploded on the national scene as a sophomore and was an All-American, according to 247Sports.

    His brother, Luke, plays tight end for Stanford, per Andy Drukarev of CardinalSportsReport.com (subscription required). The Cardinal, along with other schools such as Oregon, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Ole Miss, have offered Kaumatule, says 247Sports.

    He is No. 24 in the Scout 300, No. 40 in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and No. 124 in the Rivals 250.

Canton Kaumatule's Scouting Report: Strengths

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    At 6'6.5" and 275 pounds, Kaumatule has terrific size for a defensive end. The 4-star prospect is an outstanding athlete who plays with incredible passion.

    Kaumatule loves competing in the trenches, and he plays like a warrior. He possesses a quick first step to shoot off the ball at the snap, plus he has great strength at the point of attack. Kaumatule's size and power help him occupy blockers in the trenches, but he also can shed to get free and make stops.

    The big man exhibits impressive short-area quickness when pursuing ball-carriers. He works with solid vision and ball-location skills, plus his willingness to hustle snap after snap allows him to make a lot of plays.

    Kaumatule would be a great fit as a 3-4 defensive end, yet he can also play defensive tackle. Plus, do not count out offensive tackle as an option for him in college.

Canton Kaumatule's Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    Kaumatule's technique and hand usage will need work and development when he gets to college. He gets away with being bigger and stronger than his opponents right now, but he'll need to play with better technique.

    His ability to use his mitts to shed blockers at the point of attack must improve. He also needs to get more pass-rushing moves. Kaumatule also has to get more consistent at playing with leverage at the point of attack.

Full Ride Feature and Highlights for Canton Kaumatule

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    Here is a great video on Kaumatule, thanks to the Full Ride team and video series. Recruiting fans will get to know him a little bit while also seeing some outstanding highlights of Kaumatule making plays.

Junior Highlights of Canton Kaumatule

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    This is a terrific highlight reel of Kaumatule from his junior season. His effort, passion and hustle can be noticed immediately on this tape. He also is a menace in the trenches who can use his length to bat down passes at the line.

Predictions

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    Barring any academic setbacks, Kaumatule will sign with Stanford. The chance of attending the same school as his brother while getting a degree on The Farm will be too much to pass up.

    He could be ready to help as a true freshman, but Kaumatule would benefit from spending a year redshirting to polish his technique. Eventually, he will be considered one of the better defensive players in the Pac-12 for the Cardinal.

    Andy Drukarev of CardinalSportsReport.com (subscription required) wrote last summer:

    With his size and athleticism, Kaumatule could be a standout along both the offensive and defensive lines. He's not sure where Stanford thinks he's best suited to play, but doesn't have a strong preference between offense and defense. 

     

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.
    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.

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