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    Recruiting Samoan Players

    Watched a 60 minutes clip about American Samoa and the football players they produce. An island of 65,000 people currently has 30 players in the NFL and over 200 on Division 1 scholarships. Here is the clip: Samoa and American Football - YouTube

    Its interesting that most of these kids come from agricultural backgrounds and almost all of them end up playing interior offensive and defensive line positions. They have tremendous work ethic and rarely are they off the field distractions.

    Has ISU ever had a Samoan player or one with Samoan background living in the United States? I read an article that said the University of Utah currently has 31 players of Samoan background, USC 15, UCLA 12, Oregon State 11, and Oregon 7. Obviously if they don't live in Samoa, they live on the west coast making it easier for Pac 12/Mountain West schools to get them because of nicer weather and the fact that most are Mormon. However, I don't think getting a pipeline going to Ames is as far fetched as getting a kid from Miami or Houston to consider ISU.



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    Re: Recruiting Samoan Players

    Quote Originally Posted by arganbright2 View Post
    Watched a 60 minutes clip about American Samoa and the football players they produce. An island of 65,000 people currently has 30 players in the NFL and over 200 on Division 1 scholarships. Here is the clip: Samoa and American Football - YouTube

    Its interesting that most of these kids come from agricultural backgrounds and almost all of them end up playing interior offensive and defensive line positions. They have tremendous work ethic and rarely are they off the field distractions.

    Has ISU ever had a Samoan player or one with Samoan background living in the United States? I read an article that said the University of Utah currently has 31 players of Samoan background, USC 15, UCLA 12, Oregon State 11, and Oregon 7. Obviously if they don't live in Samoa, they live on the west coast making it easier for Pac 12/Mountain West schools to get them because of nicer weather and the fact that most are Mormon. However, I don't think getting a pipeline going to Ames is as far fetched as getting a kid from Miami or Houston to consider ISU.
    The biggest drawback to recruiting Samoan players is that we would then probably have to watch one of those ridiculous Haka dances before each game.



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    Re: Recruiting Samoan Players

    I seem to recall people talking about this a few years ago after we got annihilated by Utah.



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    Re: Recruiting Samoan Players

    I'll go.


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    Re: Recruiting Samoan Players

    Quote Originally Posted by FarminCy View Post
    The biggest drawback to recruiting Samoan players is that we would then probably have to watch one of those ridiculous Haka dances before each game.
    I think the dances are awesome. It's a cool culture experience watching them.



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    Re: Recruiting Samoan Players

    They make good wrestlers!


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    Re: Recruiting Samoan Players

    I'm down for whatever makes us better. This would make us better.


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    Re: Recruiting Samoan Players

    Quote Originally Posted by CyDude16 View Post
    I think the dances are awesome. It's a cool culture experience watching them.
    Trust me I've seen them in person in Hawaii and they are cool in that setting. But when it's 3 Samoans leading an entire team of non Samoans doing the dance I find it ridiculous. There is something very comical about a scrawny white punter doing a Haka dance.

    What if we let the guys from Texas lead the team in a big line dance before every game. Lots of Texans have gotten into big fights after a night of line dancing.



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    Re: Recruiting Samoan Players

    I certainly dont think it would hurt trying to recruit a Samoan or two. They are always huge and very disruptive. I also love the dances they do to get the team fired up. Sure they look kind of funny but it would make me run want to run through a wall for the team...




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    Re: Recruiting Samoan Players

    Quote Originally Posted by FarminCy View Post
    Trust me I've seen them in person in Hawaii and they are cool in that setting. But when it's 3 Samoans leading an entire team of non Samoans doing the dance I find it ridiculous. There is something very comical about a scrawny white punter doing a Haka dance.

    What if we let the guys from Texas lead the team in a big line dance before every game. Lots of Texans have gotten into big fights after a night of line dancing.
    Yes, why should teammates not embrace a cultural difference, and enjoy learning from it and building team unity?

    Good grief.



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    Re: Recruiting Samoan Players

    Quote Originally Posted by arganbright2 View Post
    Watched a 60 minutes clip about American Samoa and the football players they produce. An island of 65,000 people currently has 30 players in the NFL and over 200 on Division 1 scholarships. Here is the clip: Samoa and American Football - YouTube

    Its interesting that most of these kids come from agricultural backgrounds and almost all of them end up playing interior offensive and defensive line positions. They have tremendous work ethic and rarely are they off the field distractions.

    Has ISU ever had a Samoan player or one with Samoan background living in the United States? I read an article that said the University of Utah currently has 31 players of Samoan background, USC 15, UCLA 12, Oregon State 11, and Oregon 7. Obviously if they don't live in Samoa, they live on the west coast making it easier for Pac 12/Mountain West schools to get them because of nicer weather and the fact that most are Mormon. However, I don't think getting a pipeline going to Ames is as far fetched as getting a kid from Miami or Houston to consider ISU.
    I'm sure Sam Tautolo and Matt Tau'fo'ou are of Hawaiian or Samoan descent.



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    Re: Recruiting Samoan Players

    Quote Originally Posted by CyDude16 View Post
    Yes, why should teammates not embrace a cultural difference, and enjoy learning from it and building team unity?

    Good grief.
    So then you agree that we should do a line dance before each game. That is a new cultural experience for the kids from Florida etc. Talk about building team unity, they would all have fun and it would almost guarantee that they would hook up with some fat chicks wearing wranglers after the game.



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    Re: Recruiting Samoan Players

    Quote Originally Posted by arganbright2 View Post
    Watched a 60 minutes clip about American Samoa and the football players they produce. An island of 65,000 people currently has 30 players in the NFL and over 200 on Division 1 scholarships. Here is the clip: Samoa and American Football - YouTube

    Its interesting that most of these kids come from agricultural backgrounds and almost all of them end up playing interior offensive and defensive line positions. They have tremendous work ethic and rarely are they off the field distractions.

    Has ISU ever had a Samoan player or one with Samoan background living in the United States? I read an article that said the University of Utah currently has 31 players of Samoan background, USC 15, UCLA 12, Oregon State 11, and Oregon 7. Obviously if they don't live in Samoa, they live on the west coast making it easier for Pac 12/Mountain West schools to get them because of nicer weather and the fact that most are Mormon. However, I don't think getting a pipeline going to Ames is as far fetched as getting a kid from Miami or Houston to consider ISU.
    Yes, if only there was a place a little closer than Samoa where we could recruit kids with ag backgrounds, good character, and a strong work ethic to fill out the interior of our lines, someplace a little closer to Ames so it wouldn't be such an uphill grind to get them to ISU.... hmm, I wonder...



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    Re: Recruiting Samoan Players

    Patrick Aguafa played a while back, pretty good center, don't know his cultural background.



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    Re: Recruiting Samoan Players

    Iowa Wesleyan in Mt. Pleasant used to have a fair number of Samoan players, they may still today. Obviously a whole different level of talent and perhaps that is the issue, the limited number of D-1 talent have plenty of options other than ISU.



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