On Campus: The versatility of Kaiser quarterback Nic Tom

It’s no surprise that Hawaii high school football’s most entertaining player shares a name with Nickelodeon: Kaiser quarterback Nic Tom.

The converted defensive back now plays six different positions on the gridiron.

In the winter, Tom is an honorable mention All-State guard on the basketball team. He’s also a state semifinalist in the 100-meter dash.

Let’s take a trip On Campus to Kaiser High School, where if you don’t know Tom, you don’t know diddly.

Tom knows weightlifting. He tied for second-best at the 2015 NFL combine among defensive backs.

Tom also knows speed. The ’90s had “Slash” in Kordell Stewart.

Tom knows versatility: quarterback, cornerback, wide receiver, punter, punt returner, kick returner.

Tom’s athleticism can be traced to his dad, Dave, a former linebacker and mom, Wendy, an ex-100-meter track star. The two were high school sweethearts at Kaiser and started dating in the 9th grade.

Tom’s gifts aren’t just a natural ability. Working out seven days a week and running two miles a day, the senior competed in and won a weightlifting competition. His winnings were donated to the Kaiser weight room, a second home he has grown to love.

Now, the only thing holding Tom back from his life dream of a collegiate football scholarship is his size.

At 5 feet 9 inches and 170 pounds, he needs look no further than his defensive coordinator, former Kahuku and University of Hawaii star Richie Torres.

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