Ewaliko confirms UH commitment
Keelan Ewaliko and Abraham Reinhardt met with University of Hawaii football coach Norm Chow for four hours on Monday afternoon, two days before the Baldwin High School seniors leave for the Polynesian All-American Classic, scheduled for Saturday in La Mirada, Calif.
Ewaliko, a three-time Maui Interscholastic League Offensive Player of the Year as a quarterback, confirmed the commitment to UH he originally made in May.
Ewaliko said he will sign on Feb. 6, the first day letters of intent are official, then grayshirt the 2013 season and enroll for the spring semester in January 2014, saving five seasons to play four after that.
“I am going to be a Warrior, no doubt,” Ewaliko said.
He said that on Monday, Chow discussed Ewaliko playing receiver, safety, cornerback and kick returner.
“I know how to play those positions, I just have to get better at playing them,” said Ewaliko, who may line up at quarterback one last time on Saturday.
“I am going to stick around Abe this week, I have some things to learn,” he said.
Reinhardt, the league’s Special Teams Player of the Year, had seven return touchdowns in 2012.
“(Chow) said I would be a preferred walk-on. I am leaning that way,” Reinhardt said.
Ewaliko said he has been “trying to convince him to come (to UH) practically every day.”
Ewaliko and Reinhardt are the first players from the MIL to be selected to the Polynesian All-American Classic, in its third year. It is one of the top six high school all-star games in the country, according to USA Today.
Also in the game are running back Aofaga Wily and safety Kawehena Johnson of state-champion Kahuku, defensive back Shaun Kagawa of Kamehameha Big Island and defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii of Waianae.
Tulimasealii is also committed to UH, Johnson to New Mexico State.
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