Running back Jonan Aina-Chaves, who made the All-State first team as a junior playing for St. Francis, will play his senior season at Campbell he said Monday.
Aina-Chaves — known to many as “Bubba” — rushed for 1,289 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Saints last season. But St. Francis closed its doors, leaving Aina-Chaves temporarily without a team.
“My boys in Ewa were all happy when I told them I was going to Campbell,” he said. “I’m registered and got all my paper work in.”
When reached by cellphone, Aina-Chaves said he had just gotten out of summer school and was heading to his first summer practice with the Sabers.
In his career so far, Aina-Chaves has rushed for 2,935 yards and 32 touchdowns and caught 47 passes for 693 yards and three TDs.
Soon after St. Francis announced it was closing, Aina-Chaves said he had thought about going to Saint Louis.
However, Aina-Chaves and some other St. Francis players were told by the ILH that they would not be allowed to transfer to another league school because they played in an offseason All-Star football game. Had it not been for their participation in the All-Star game, they would have been eligible to play for another ILH school.
In other moves around Oahu, according to various sources:
>> Junior wide receiver Zion Paro-Amina is transferring from St. Francis to Farrington, according to Govs coach Daniel Sanchez. With the Govs, he joins two other former Saints — offensive lineman Faaope Laloulu, who committed to Oregon over the weekend, and quarterback Jonah Aina-Chaves.
>> Running back Dayton Sam and linebacker Kamalu DeBlake, both juniors, are transferring from Saint Louis to Mililani. Both played for the Crusaders in their 38-17 win over the Trojans in the Open Division state championship game last year. Sam ran for 49 yards with two touchdowns in that game.
>> Senior wide receiver/defensive back Shepherd Kekahuna is planning to transfer from St. Francis to Roosevelt.
>> Senior offensive lineman Skylar Kalilikane-McMoore is planning to transfer from St. Francis to Pearl City.