The 2010 event, which is geared toward generating hype and interest around the nation's best high school players of Polynesian descent, is scheduled to take place on Saturday at Los Angeles' Cathedral High School, though players from across the country -- and yes, a host of them are from Hawaii -- will arrive in Southern California on Wednesday to begin practicing for the game and bonding with new teammates. You can see highlights from some of the players who will be involved in Saturday's game in the video above.
The event, which is sponsored by the AIGA Foundation, which bills itself as a faith-based organization that hosts a variety of different sports combines and camps, is slated to host a handful of the nation's top prep players. Among them are recent Utah commitment and all-everything running back Harvey Langi and Grant (Calif.) High defensive lineman Villiami Moala, both of whom competed in the US Army All-American Bowl last weekend.
While the Polynesian All American Classic can't stand up to games like the aforementioned US Army showdown in terms of sheer talent, it stands alone when it comes to events focused on promoting a single ethnicity. The game hasn't been around long enough yet to establish itself as a true annual staple, but it has attracted some significant names, and this year adds former NFL Pro Bowlers Dan Saleaumua and Kurt Gouveia as coaches.
The bigger question is whether the Polynesian All American Classic is the start of a new national trend. Could we see a Hispanic American Classic in future years, perhaps hosted in San Antonio, L.A. or Phoenix? You never know. If that does happen, we may all look back on game's like Saturday's forthcoming classic as the first salvo in a whole new level of specialized prep football recruiting.