If programs are looking for diamonds in the rough, American Samoa is not a bad place to look. Frederick Mauigoa has already started to shine through with his performance at Opening regionals in Hawaii and Oregon that eventually earned him an invite to The Opening finals next week.
As expected, he is raw, but the tools are there for him to be a good offensive lineman at the next level.
He is surprisingly light on his feet and moves well. He has outstanding size, especially in his lower half. He has room to add even more and it would not surprise me to see him weigh in the 320+ range and carry it quite well.
There is limited film of him available, but he shows well in what I did see. He moves really well when pulling and getting to the second level. He needs to learn to set himself and keep his feet going on contact, but he can learn to become better at that. He can move players well at the point of attack, yet has trouble sustaining blocks. His hand fits is actually really good, but he needs to be nastier. I want to see him finish and look to put more players on their ass consistently.
He moves really well in pass protection, although he will cross his feet if he faces speed. He also needs to learn how to anchor better against the bull rush a lot better. The hand placement with his punch and the mobility he shows are very encouraging, though.
It’s tough to say what scheme he fits best right now at guard, but I believe he is the kind of athlete that should be able to develop to play in any offensive scheme.
It’s all about potential and what Mauioga could be. His ceiling looks to be extremely high because of his size and the way he moves. My only real concern is that I didn’t see enough of a nasty streak from him on film. Even without that, he has the potential to develop into an outstanding guard after developing his technique in the right program.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).