Catching that ‘Ahi

Scholarship offers are just starting to pour in for the junior. (photo: Paul Honda)

Word is getting around about Kaiser’s rugby/football dynamo, Fitou Fisiiahi.

Utah and Oregon State have made scholarship offers to the 6-foot-2, 240-pound junior, who is playing on an injured foot that may require surgery after the season. Yet, his stunning acceleration and penchant for explosive plays as a linebacker and running back are matched by few. Couple that with his success in the classroom — a 3.4 grade-point average and college-qualifying test scores — and he’s becoming a magnet for recruiters.

Scholarship offers are just starting to pour in for the junior. (photo: Paul Honda)

“He’s one of our most intelligent guys,” coach Rich Miano said. “He’s Joey Iosefa with an upside. He’s got great hands, the best on our team. He could become a really good NFL fullback.”

He has already advanced past Algebra II, a required course for the NCAA Clearinghouse.

It was in a tournament in Argentina this summer that he suffered the foot injury after an opposing team deliberately tried to hurt him. Miano said Fisiiahi won’t play international rugby at this point.

“I told UH they need to be the first to offer a scholarship to him,” Miano said. “He’s been hurt, but now that he’s back, a lot of schools will find out about him.”

 Paul Honda, Star-Advertiser


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