Canton Kaumatule recruit scouting report: Impact defensive lineman

CANTON KAUMATULE -- Student Sports

A top defensive end from out West. Like, way out west.

Recruiters who want a top defensive end in 2015 would do well to look west. No, not in California or Oregon, but the really, really far west; past California, and past the miles of ocean, over in Hawaii. There, they'll find Honolulu (Hi.) Punahou's Canton Kaumatule.

The 6'6, 275-pounder is 4-star recruit who ranks 4th among all strong-side defensive ends as of February 2014's 247sports composite. This is all plenty impressive in itself, but gets even more impressive when you realize that all the players ahead of him have 5-stars: Glen Saint Mary (Fl.) Baker's CeCe Jefferson, East St. Louis (IL.)'s Terry Beckner, and Seffner (Fl.) Armwood's Byron Cowart.

With such a favorable ranking nationally, it is probably no surprise that Kaumatule is considered the top player in Hawaii so far, edging out Honolulu (Hi.) Farrington defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko, Honolulu (Hi.) St. Louis center Fred Ulu-Perry, and wide receiver/fellow Punahou teammate Kanawai Noa for that distinction. All four are 4-star recruits.

At least nine schools have offered Kaumatule as of February 2014, including Stanford -- where his brother Luke is a tight end -- Oklahoma, California, Utah, and Ole Miss.

Scouting by Derrell Warren, West Coast Recruiting Analyst (@yssd):

Kaumatule is an absolutely huge-framed defensive line recruit. He measures out at an already college-sized 6’6" 275 pounds. The size and movement he flashes for that size allow him to be scheme diverse. He could play strong-side defensive end in a 4-3 defense, sliding inside to defensive tackle on passing downs, or he could also function well as a 5 technique defensive end in a 3-4 alignment.

On tape, not many runs plays go to Kaumatule’s side. He flashes a good motor however, and is able to track ball carriers down in backside pursuit. He plays off blocks well, able to disengage and flow to the ball.

At the collegiate level, he’ll have to activate his length and lock his elbows more consistently in order to keep his frame clean and maximize his ability to not just set the edge, but occasionally reset his section of the line of scrimmage.

He has impressive lateral quickness for a big man. Often times he will rise out of stance and cross the face of the offensive lineman, getting up-field, and disrupting running plays before they fully develop.

As a pass rusher, Kaumatule appears most comfortable playing off the inside shoulder of the offensive tackle. Likes to wedge his frame in the gap and utilize a quick swim move to get past the offensive lineman and shorten his route the quarterback.

Due to his size, Kaumatule isn’t the most explosive around the edge. That said, he gets off the ball pretty well and flashes some diversity when rushing the passer and he isn’t overly reliant on power.

Kaumatule will be a fun recruit to watch develop as a pass rusher in the future. Presently, his best move when trying to win the edge is probably his rip move. That said, he utilizes a bull rush and carries the movement skills to execute the occasional double move.

Like most kids, Kaumatule will have to rep his pass rush moves to get them become second nature. Quicker execution of these moves will enable him to defeat the bigger and better offensive linemen he’ll face at the college level.

Latest News

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.