Defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni, a 2013 Kailua High graduate who was in on two sacks of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson in Pittsburgh’s upset win over the Tigers last season, was kicked off the team in April for disciplinary reasons.
Taleni, who is 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds, had three sacks in seven games last year, including 1.5 sacks in the win over the Tigers, who went on to beat Alabama for the national title.
According to online reports, Taleni was expected to join Florida Atlantic and at one point, was listed on the official roster on the school’s website, but has since been removed.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported Tuesday that Taleni is considering Florida Atlantic, but has other options and has yet to decide.
Taleni didn’t play much early last season but was thrust into the lineup due to injuries and had big games against both Clemson and Miami, when he had a team-high eight tackles against the Hurricanes.
He was featured in our Hawaii Grown section last November.
Taleni is yet another high-profile college football player from Hawaii to transfer schools in the offseason, joining Kahuku alum Alohi Gilman (Navy to Notre Dame), Farrington alumnus Breiden Fehoko (Texas Tech to LSU) and Moanalua graduate Scott Pagano (Clemson to Oregon).