Tuesday, January 30, 2001
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Posted on: Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Brigham Young lands Kahuku All-State defender

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

All-State defensive back Aaron Francisco of Kahuku has verbally committed to Brigham Young, Red Raiders coach Siuaki Livai said yesterday.

Aaron Francisco has 13 picks in the past two years.

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The 6-foot-3, 190-pound free safety turned down Hawai
i, Arizona and Utah.

"BYU is getting a great person on and off the field," Livai said. " ... He doesn’t say too much, but he really works hard."

Francisco, who had eight interceptions as a junior and five as a senior, returned punts and kicks for the Red Raiders. He also played wide receiver occasionally, recording two touchdown receptions in a playoff game.

He is the fourth player from the state champion Red Raiders to verbally commit to a Division I program.

Wide receiver Saia Hafoka chose BYU, while defensive lineman Chris Kemoeatu and Semisi Livai picked Utah.

Other local high school players committing to Mainland schools are St. Louis defensive lineman Lyle Maiava (Oregon), St. Louis linebacker Joseph Lobendahn (Washington), Kamehameha offensive lineman Donovan Raiola (Wisconsin) and Iolani offensive lineman William Kava (Washington).

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