It remains to be seen if Chaminade is going to be able to break into the upper level of the tough Mission League in football this fall, but the Eagles are poised to unleash a group of sophomores who will be doing lots of damage over the next three seasons.
Topping the list of 2018 players is running back TJ Pledger, who made a huge impact as a freshman last season. But Pledger is going to get competition for No. 1 among the Chaminade class.
There's another very good sophomore running back in Andrew VanBuren, MVP of the league champion JV team. Mykee Irving is a 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive lineman-tight end. Michael Wilson is a receiver who played varsity basketball as a freshman. Reggie Hughes is a 6-2, 195-pound linebacker who was a member of the Eagels' 400-meter relay team and has run a 10.9 100 meters.
Alejandro Lopez is a 6-2, 280-pound offensive lineman. Dillon Suapaia is a 6-2, 280-pound lineman. Shane McLaughlin is a 6-3, 280-pound lineman.
If the sophomores can grow up fast, the Eagles could surprise teams, especially since senior Tommy Costello performed well at quarterback this summer and could allow Dymond Lee to play some receiver.