‘Iolani senior Keoni-Kordell Makekau said Friday he has committed to Navy and will sign with the Midshipmen next Wednesday on National Letter of Intent Signing Day.
The speedy 5-foot-10, 170-pound wide receiver visited Navy back in November and took in a home game against SMU. He committed shortly after the trip but admits he’s not into social media much, so word hadn’t really gotten out.
“Yeah I don’t really do much of that,” Makekau said. “I committed after my trip.”
Makekau also had offers from Washington State and Hawaii and thought he might visit WSU, but the Cougars pulled their scholarship.
He said the new coaching staff at Hawaii didn’t know he was offered by coach Norm Chow and his staff before the change, but wasn’t really concerned with it since he had already committed to Navy.
“It was like a dream,” Makekau said of his trip to Navy.
Makekau was a three-year starter for the Raiders, winning a Division II state title in 2014. He holds ‘Iolani’s single-game receiving record with 220 yards against Pac-Five as a sophomore and finished his career sixth all-time among Oahu schools with 2,457 receiving yards. He caught 167 passes in 31 career games with 22 touchdowns.
He also is a forward on the Raiders boys soccer team that is undefeated, but in third place in the ILH because of four ties. ‘Iolani has games remaining against Damien, Mid-Pacific, Punahou and Kamehameha to get back to the state tournament, which it won in 2014.
“Yeah I think we have to pretty much win out,” Makekau said.
Makekau, who will attend next Wednesday’s PIAA signing event, is one of two Raiders planning to sign with Division I teams. Earlier this week, offensive lineman Joshua Hauani’o committed to Hawaii.