March 26, 2007

Two-way standout getting attention

Linebacker/H-back Ina Liaina (6-0, 220, 4.8) from Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa had to toil in the shadow of Oregon bound athlete prospect Malachi Lewis, but it was in that shadow that Liaina was able to be seen by D-I schools.

"D-I schools couldn't help but see Ina when he was lead blocking for Malachi," Rio Mesa coach Bob Gregorchuk said. "He played both ways for us as linebacker and H-back.

"Ina has great hands out of the backfield and runs with power," Gregorchuk said. "He needs to work on his blocking technique. Don't get me wrong, he's a good blocker but he can get better.

Liaina is getting recruiting interest from Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, USC and Boise State. He took in a USC spring practice recently.

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