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Lagafuaina following the Ta'amu Plan

Lawrence Lagafuaina (Kim Grinolds/

The first time I saw Lawrence Lagafuaina play football, it was just him and his 'Aiea teammates, having fun during a two-hand touch scrimmage during the May Evaluation Period two years ago. It was a beautiful sunset in Honolulu that evening, but Lagafuaina stole the show. He was a bowling ball of a man, every bit the six feet and 350 pounds he measured in at.

Lawrence thought he was a wide receiver, hurling his massive frame around like a player 150 pounds lighter. My first impression was tempered because he wasn't playing with pads, but I could not remember seeing a prospect that big run around that quickly, or that much. I also remembered one specific play when I was on the sideline, talking with 'Aiea Head Coach Wendell Say. Somehow, Lawrence... Recommended Stories