Kamehameha, Kahuku linemen make commitments

Kamehameha defensive end Jonah Welch, who will play in the Polynesian Bowl in January, has committed to Navy. Photo by Craig T. Kojima/Star-Advertiser.

Kamehameha senior Jonah Welch, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive end, has given an oral commitment to play football at the U.S. Naval Academy.

He announced the decision on Twitter with a video.

Welch had seven scholarship offers and chose Navy over Air Force, Army, Hawaii, Nevada, Syracuse and Vanderbilt.

Navy currently lists three players from Hawaii on its roster, WR/RB Keoni-Kordell Makekau (‘Iolani), OL Adam Amosa-Tagovailoa (Campbell) and defensive lineman Alema Kapoi (Kamehameha).

Also today, Kahuku offensive lineman Micah Mariteragi, who is 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, announced his commitment to Virginia on Twitter. The Cavaliers were the first school to offer Mariteragi last week.



  1. H-Man November 24, 2017 3:27 am

    Second player from Kahuku to commit to Virginia. Nice new trend. Shows other schools are willing to reach far into the Pacific, and likewise, local players willing to venture far from home. Good for them and wishing the best for a successful career.

  2. Kamehameha#1 November 24, 2017 6:20 am

    Why must you post how many school recruited you, and why you commit to one school over another? Just go quietly and let your play talk for your name. You don’t need to tell the media or announced to the whole world about your decision. Go and let your talent talk for you. Too many kids get caught up in the hype and the talk they forget to play football in college. Have you ever heard of the saying “Be quiet and let your play talk for itself” Its true! Those who talk, obviously don’t know! And those who don’t talk, already know. The only people that should know are your family!

  3. Whhy November 28, 2017 11:04 pm

    Kamehameha#1. I agree there is a time when it gets ridiculous but for the most part. Kudos to those who have the talent to get their school to play for their education. Why should they hide it like its something they should be ashamed of? It’s a lot of hard work and money for the kid and family. Most won’t go Pro so this is the time to get the accolades? It’s backwards to say people shouldn’t say anything. This is good news and should be shared.

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