Hawaiian splash in Alabama

Hawaiian splash in Alabama

There are several things one comes to expect when covering recruiting in the state of Alabama. There will be trench prospects galore, solid talent at the skill positions and athletes everywhere. Some prospects will come from more rural areas than others, but a Hawaiian import is usually not the custom. That is, until now, as Travis Sailo is set to burst onto the recruiting scene.

All it takes is one.

In the college football recruiting world, that phrase is often linked to a prospect looking for the sometimes elusive initial scholarship offer. For Travis Sailo, that "one" could lead to many more.

Mississippi State broke the ice for the class of 2016 Buhl (Ala.) Sipsey Valley defender, coming in with a big-time offer last week.

"Mississippi State was at our spring game, they visited a couple of our practices, and they saw how he played. He's the real deal," Sipsey Valley Head Coach Antonio Ford told Scout.com. "He now has an offer from Mississippi State. He's super aggressive, has great speed and great size at about 6-3, 235 (pounds).

"He can run like a 4.7 40 (yard-dash). He's still young, but he looks the part. He plays really, really hard."

Sailo has above-average size for a current high school sophomore, and it could eventually impact his projected position. But in today's college football, with offenses as wide open as they've ever been, it works into the rising-junior's favor.

"It depends on what scheme he gets into," Ford said. "He could possibly put his hand on the ground and play defensive end. That's where I started him at last year at the beginning of the season.

"But his feet were so good, that we were able to stand him up and he made more plays for us there."

With family in the Tuscaloosa-area, Sailo was able to move in with them from Hawaii, beginning what could be an unprecedented journey within the state of Alabama and its underclassmen prospects.

One can assume that The Bulldogs won't be his final extension from America's top football conference, either.

"I guess the rest is history," Ford said.

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