Linebacker Bam Amina, who played at Bishop Gorman last season as a junior after transferring from Kapolei, will return home for his senior season to play for the Mililani Trojans.
Amina, a 6-foot, 205-pound three-star recruit according to 247Sports, has offers from 19 schools including 10 D-I offers: San Diego State, Colorado State, Utah State, Army, Air Force, UNLV, Nevada, San Jose State, New Mexico and Navy.
“After being blessed with the offers that I was able to have, I just wanted to be able to play in front of my family and have the opportunity to play out here one more year,” Amina said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Once I go to college, it’s going to be a lot of away time and I already had one year away. To be able to have that opportunity to play at home again is great.”
That assumes Amina is going away for college. He said he hasn’t been offered by Hawaii but has been in contact with the coaching staff. Could it change his recruitment?
“This is my home town and I wouldn’t like anything more than to get an offer from my home state,” Amina said.
Amina joins a loaded linebacker group at Mililani with senior Muelu Iosefa, who has committed to California, and juniors Wynden Hoohuli, a Saint Louis transfer who has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Hawaii, Nebraska, Utah and Southern California, and Kapolei transfer Sonny Semeatu, who has an offer from Hawaii.
The Trojans, ranked No. 4 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser preseason Top 10, play a loaded schedule hosting St. John Bosco (Calif.) and Liberty (Nev.) in addition to a full Open Division slate in the OIA-ILH football alliance.
Amina, who played against Mater Dei (Calif.), Centennial (Ariz.), De La Salle (Calif.) and Orem (Utah) during his one season with the Gaels, said the schedule was another reason he came back to play for the Trojans.
“I knew (Mililani) was still going to challenge good competition,” Amina said. “It’s not like I’m going to come home and only play teams from the islands.”
Attending Mililani will also allow Amina to get into an academic program that will allow him to graduate in December and enroll early at whatever college he chooses.
“They weren’t allowing me to graduate early at Gorman,” Amina said. “It’s kind of against their rules I guess. They’d rather their students finish out the year.”
Amina didn’t make the trip to Samoa that a bunch of the Trojans took last week, but has been practicing at Mililani and is raring to go. The Trojans open their season against Campbell on Aug. 9.
“There’s nothing like playing football in Hawaii,” Amina said. “Playing at home is way different than playing on the mainland.”