Mauga says he’s “fully committed” to USC

Waianae defensive end Kana'i Mauga is the No. 1-rated recruit in Hawaii in the class of 2018. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

Four months ago, Waianae linebacker Kana’i Mauga, the No. 1-rated recruit in the class of 2018 from Hawaii, announced he was committing to Southern California but “leaving his options open.”

Monday night, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior wrote on Twitter that those options include only one school now — the Trojans.

Mauga said he is fully committed to USC.

Mauga has played a big part in helping No. 7 Waianae win five straight games after starting the year 0-3. The Seariders host Farrington on Friday in the OIA quarterfinals.

He scored a defensive touchdown in three straight games, returning a fumble for a TD against Campbell and interceptions for touchdowns against both Moanalua and Radford.

He’s also rushed for a score on offense and caught a pass for a two-point conversion.

With two byes and a win by forfeit, Waianae’s game against Farrington on Friday will be just its second actual game in 34 days.


  1. J October 10, 2017 3:07 pm

    Hawaii is proud of your accomplishments young man. the journey is far from over. continued blessing to all those who have been given the opportunity to play on the next level.


  2. Paniolo October 10, 2017 5:37 pm

    To the StarAdvertiser sports editor: Don’t headline in your sports section of top rank local kid committed to a mainland university to play football. Hawaii fans would rather see an athlete whether from the mainland, samoa, australia or Hawaii committed to play for our Warriors be put on the sports headline.
    The kid that got away, he has the mainland fans support now.

  3. Hau'ulaBoy October 10, 2017 9:12 pm

    Ahh, sorry Paniolo. But he still gets that support of this local boy. Im a huge U of H fan, but we gotta support our local boys, even if they leave the rock. You go rep the 808 with pride from the West Side. RR4L but love to see local boys rep.

  4. amela October 10, 2017 9:13 pm

    Yeah, only Warrior commits should make the front pages.

  5. Whhy October 10, 2017 10:50 pm

    Lucky SC didn’t move on from his first post. Kids, please, its either you commit or don’t commit but being committed with your options open is the same as not committing. That’s like saying, I want you to go steady with me, but I’m still going to be shopping around for someone better.

  6. K October 15, 2017 1:02 am

    All of the 96792 will be supporting Kana’i. He deserves all the headlines. He’ll rep the 808 well and I guarantee more people on Hawaii will support him then you think panipopo. Don’t be hating cause the local talent leaves for better opportunities whether for football purposes or for educational purposes. Whos to say that UH has the major that he’s looking to get into? I can tell you right now, what he’s looking into doing as a career leads him to SC but of course he would like to make it to the next level after college and SC gives him a better opportunity for that but should he not make it, at least he knows he got the education he seeked to get into the career he wants to get into

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