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January 24, 2008Kama Bailey, the Damien High School running back and All-Time leading rusher in the state of Hawai'i, seems to have everything going his way right now.
He carried the Monarchs to the state playoffs while eclipsing the 2,000-yard mark in rushing yards. He was selected to the West roster of the 17th Annual Hawai'i Union Builders Goodwill Senior Bowl, where he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. He took the opening kickoff back 96-yards and later the first kickoff of the fourth quarter was taken back 94-yards to seal the victory over the East.
Kama has won over all of the coaches that he has played for. After Bailey's 370-yard and 5 TD game, Coach Brian Derby said, "I've never seen anyone like that." Derby later states "If I was to never coach again, I would have been fulfilled. This kid has done things I've never seen."
The Heralded back has also gotten compliments from HUB Goodwill Senior Bowl coach Wendall Say. "He's like a cat. He always lands on his feet," Say said. "And he can catch. He could play slot at UH."
Bailey has offers on the table from the US Naval Academy, University of Idaho, Idaho State, Weber State and Northern Iowa, and a walk on offer from the University of Hawaii.
He has already taken his official visits to Idaho and Idaho State. Bailey, who weighs in at 5'9", 180 Lbs. and runs a 4.46, is a perennial all-star carrying a 3.8 grade point average.
He has drawn a lot of comparisons to former Damien running Back and current UH player Kealoha Pilares. "When I watch him, I'm like 'Wow!' He's one of those athletes who come around maybe once a decade," Derby says.