Farrington running back Challen Faamatau was featured in today’s print edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. (http://www.staradvertiser.com/2016/09/20/sports/farringtons-faamatau-is-in-hot-pursuit-with-a-purpose/)
The senior talked briefly about his college recruitment. Due to NCAA rules, he has not qualified academically due to his SAT and as a result hasn’t fielded an offer yet.
He is taking the SAT in November and December and can qualify academically for the NCAA if he gets a high enough score. If so, his recruiting activity could really increase.
“I wouldn’t care who would offer me, if it’s a scholarship where my mom and dad don’t have to spend a penny on anything, I’ll take that. They bust their butts and sacrifice,” Faamatau said.
So far, he has interest from Boise State, Hawaii, Washington and Washington State.
After the season, Faamatau plans to fly out to Seattle to take an unofficial visit to Washington and then head over to Idaho to look at Boise State. He’s also been in contact with Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich and other UH coaches.
Farrington coach Randall Okimoto believes in Faamatau’s ability to play at the college level. Okimoto was a running back for the University of Hawaii. Faamatau could be following in his footsteps soon.
“If he continues to work hard, not only in the field but in the classroom because that’s the key. If he wants to go to the next level, that’s what it’s all about. If he does that, then he’ll contribute wherever he is,” Okimoto said. “He has abilities that some players don’t have at this level that is for the next level as well. But also, he has to understand that the level of competition is higher. Because of his practice ethic, I think he’s able to rise to that challenge.”
Regardless of where Faamatau ends up, he won’t forget those who helped him get there.
“My dad went to a JC … He always told me that he doesn’t want me to go to a JC. For me to have a father like mine to tell me to be better than him, that’s a blessing. My mom and my dad, they work so hard to send me out to camps,” Faamatau said. “I couldn’t have all these coaches looking at me if it wasn’t for them. They sacrificed a lot of time to make money and send me out to these camps. Also great coaches.”
“Farrington doesn’t just breed good football players, Farrington breeds good football players that give back. For me, later in life, I want to come back and give back.”