Three-sport athlete Faaope Laloulu, who excels on the football field as a 6-foot-7, 340-pound offensive lineman, announced his college commitment to the University of Oregon on Saturday on social media.
Laloulu, a second-team All-State selection as a junior, held offers from Arizona, BYU, Hawaii, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Southern California, UCLA, Virginia and Washington.
Just wanna thank these for giving me the opportunity to be a student athlete at the next level.@coachjsalavea@coachmirabal#GoDucks@aaducksdc@coach_cristobal@OregonGridiron
GO DUCKS🦆 pic.twitter.com/F1Fqf7CEVc
— Faaope Laloulu (@ope2flyy) June 9, 2019
Oregon is the first school to offer Laloulu’s brother, Iapani, who will be a freshman at Farrington.
With the closure of St. Francis, Laloulu, who also played basketball and volleyball for the Saints, said Saturday he will transfer to Farrington.
“I decided that on the last day of school,” he said.
Laloulu, who lives in Kalihi, said he will be looking forward to playing with people he knows with the Governors, such as the Matagi twins (Joshua and Caleb) on the defensive line and running back Selau Kalani.
“I’m gonna be ready to ball out,” he said. “Honestly, that’s all I’m thinking about.”
When he heard St. Francis was closing, Laloulu said he was planning to go to Damien, where his scholarship program would have easily transferred to. But he learned a few days later that he was ineligible to play in the ILH because he played in an offseason All-Star game.
Laloulu also said that Jonah Aina-Chaves, who threw for 837 yards and 10 touchdowns in two seasons as a quarterback at St. Francis and will be a senior this year, is also playing at Farrington.
Oregon hasn’t signed a high school player out of Hawaii in its last two recruiting classes. Kamehameha kicker Adam Stack and Saint Louis linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia signed with the Ducks in 2017.