When you watch 2014 Hawaii Warriors commit David Fangupo carry the football, you have to rub your eyes several times over to make sure you are actually seeing what you think you are seeing.
The 6’2″, 348 pound running back from Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii is truly a sight to see and his athletic ability obviously caught the eye of Norm Chow and his staff at Hawaii.
Before we get into assumptions of how Fangupo’s size and impressive athletic ability will best translate to the Division I level, just watch this:
If Fangupo was just running over guys, it would be one thing. The type of brut strength he has can’t really be taught — it’s either there, or it isn’t. But the fact that he’s eluding defenders, throwing straight arms and doing some fancy footwork suggests there’s much more there than just a big body.
It’s possible Hawaii may even look for him to slim down some to be even more agile and affective on either the defensive or offensive line — wherever he may land.
Given this, most are projecting the big guy to be either a defensive tackle or offensive linemen for the Warriors when he arrives on campus in the fall for practice. Either way, Norm Chow has an interesting athlete on his hands that could make a huge impact on a program that has struggled recently after a nice run of success in the early 2000s.
Hell, we may even see a few Refrigerator Perry-style touchdowns there– I can’t see why not.
David Fangupo’s already a legend in his hometown — for all we know, his story may just be in the early chapters.