It's been a great year for the state and no one might be happier Wednesday than Doris Sullivan
runs the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance
, a non-profit business that she
created in 2003 to help market aspiring athletes from the Hawaiian Islands and American Samoa.
All 29 FBS prospects will gather at 6 a.m. local time at Honolulu's Blaisdell Center on Wednesday
to sign their papers at 7 a.m. simultaneously and have them faxed to their colleges.
Most of the players live on Honolulu, but seven came in from neighboring islands Tuesday night.
"It's really nice that round-trip airfare is just $28," says Sullivan
, whose organization assists in getting them academically prepared for life after high school.
, who decided to get involved with high-school students after being frustrated watching her
son go through the recruiting process, has been helping athletes going back to her
days as a student at Maryland, where she
tutored Terps athletes ranging from future NBA star Buck Williams to QB Boomer Esiason.
I had met Sullivan
and other members of the PIAA
at the American Football Coaches Association
convention a few weeks back in Nashville, Tenn.
They had a booth set up with trays and trays of DVDs of promising players from the Islands for college coaches to come by and take.
is not a recruiting service that charges these kids hundreds of dollars to market them.
group is supported by the efforts of New Balance
and the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
not only puts on combines and clinics, but it also provides free SAT tutoring five times a year for those interested.
College coaches all over the country have gotten to know Sullivan
because the PIAA
has proven to be an ideal alternative to the hefty expenses it would require to recruit in Hawaii.
phone is constantly ringing from college coaches looking for players who might fill a need, whether that means getting information about a 20-yard dash a player ran at their June combine, getting a look at his
highlight tape or having a player send in his
transcripts to a school.
Many times she
'll receive e-mails from smaller school programs asking for an interior lineman and she can provide some names.
Sullivan points out that she
doesn't profess to be a coach, so don't ask her
if a player is "coachable?"
"You've gotta ask his
coach for that since I've never coached him," she