Kahuku QB nabs second D-I scholarship offer

Kahuku quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava has been offered by two Division I schools before the end of his freshman year. Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava has been offered by two Division I schools before the end of his freshman year. Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Jim Harbaugh has some competition.

After making headlines offering a quarterback from Hawaii before his freshman year, Harbaugh and his Michigan Wolverines finally have some competition in their pursuit of Kahuku quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava.

Maiava tweeted that he has received a second scholarship offer on Wednesday — this one from Mountain West Conference member Fresno State.

Maiava, who is 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, led Kahuku to an 11-2 record and a second consecutive OIA title. The Red Raiders advanced to the state final for the second straight year and Maiava played in all 13 games, going 50-for-110 passing for 839 yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions. Maiava also rushed 49 times for 342 yards and five touchdowns and scored the Red Raiders’ only TD in a loss to eventual national champion Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.



  1. abe January 18, 2017 10:02 pm

    Good for him. but in my honest opinion theres other hawaii high school qbs that are way better. stats is the proof.

  2. Knation January 19, 2017 3:53 am

    Abe…true they are QBs with better passing stats. But solJay is a dual threat QB and been hurting team with his legs. If kahuku had better wrs or let there dbs play offense and let soljay pass more than 10 attempts then he would been in the top 5 in passing yards along with his rushing stats. Next season you will see…

  3. Searider86 January 19, 2017 7:27 am

    Not very many 9th grade quarterbacks out here with Sol-Jay’s potential….as a varsity starting QB at a perennial national power, a kid at this grade level is expected to show a certain level of maturity. His numbers may not pop out at you, but him being just a freshman I think it’s very impressive. The kid has good work ethic and after a year of varsity play, I’m expecting to see a much more confident quarterback over the next several years. Congrats, MyMan!

  4. What u smok'n January 19, 2017 7:54 am

    Well Abe, obviously the only opinions that matter are the ones from these D1 coaches that are offering him.

  5. bigisle January 19, 2017 8:09 am

    Good Luck to him…..keep your head in the game, not in the clouds…………

  6. AOK January 19, 2017 8:10 am

    I echo abe. Congrats to Maiava, but he still can’t throw a rock into the ocean standing on the sand. Dual threat? That would mean he is a threat to both run and pass. Yes, he has good wheels for a freshman. But, come on? He misses open WRs far more often than he hits them. The only college offense he could play in would be with Niumatalolo’s Navy triple option, or likewise Johnson’s Georgia Tech. Footwork must be improved upon, he does not read the field. Now, I know I’m being strict here. But, the eyes don’t lie.

  7. 88 January 19, 2017 8:55 am

    Navy and Georgia Tech are 2 very good schools. If you believe he is able to play QB at these schools the kid must be pretty damn good.

  8. 731 grown January 19, 2017 10:07 am

    He needs to change schools if he wants to be a good qb…he can’t expect to play at Kahuku and be a good QB …they don’t throw…only run…all that talent in the wrong place

  9. turfwar January 19, 2017 11:48 am

    AOK needs to stand in the ocean and challenge Maiava to hit him with a rock from the sand. I’m guessing within a couple throws bugga gets whacked. Hey, put up or shut up. Local boy style.

  10. Coach_B January 19, 2017 12:00 pm

    Congrats to Maiava. Got lots of football ahead of him and he will get better over the next couple of years. Looks like he has some real potential.

    @Turfwar I think put up or shut up should be something you need to listen to. Who won again??? I aint a STL fan but lets be real here. They won and everyone else has to stop being salty about it. Look at Tua. That is a true dual threat for you. The guy will kill you with his ARM and his legs. I like the flashes that Maiava showed at times last year, and I don’t expect him to be a Tua level QB yet, but lets also not get carried away with how he actually played last year. He gotta work on some things and other factors aren’t in his control, but lets not get carried away

  11. OGRRFL January 19, 2017 12:05 pm

    AOK , the kid is only a freshman, he will only get bigger,stronger, faster and better. People like you and the rest of the haters has no vision at all. The future is bright, so hate all you like, the boy got 2 D1 offers, these coaches has vision and see the potential. Aloha! Go Big Red!

  12. rrfl January 19, 2017 1:11 pm

    oh really, can we just all say good job and a pat on the back. great job for a freshman. how many of you haters had football scholarships when you guys were in the 9th grade

  13. turfwar January 19, 2017 2:27 pm

    Coach B you don’t get it. I don’t care who won the Prep Bowl. St. Louis? Big deal already season’s over. What I don’t like are keyboard bullies harping on a frosh starter facing guys 4 years older than him and leading a team, any team, to the state championship. Then performing well enough to warrant scholarship offers as a 14 year old. These are not accomplishments that deserve the criticism he’s getting. But if you really have coached before you would be the first to acknowledge that. Obviously you don’t or don’t care. Comparing him to Tua? Really? When did anybody do that? It’s obvious you are a St. Louis fan continuing to bask in a victory that nobody cares about the day after it happened. It’s over dude. Move on.

  14. AOK January 19, 2017 2:58 pm

    Wow, if anything this showed me is that Red Raider nation still has the best fans in the world! Can’t say one thing about any of their players without Kahuku fans getting all butt hurt. If you read my post, the second thing I said is congrats to the kid. But, my suggestion to y’all is this: if you gonna be so sensitive, please don’t read my posts. Just keep scrolling. By reading, much less replying, you all are gonna get even more mad.

    88 if you don’t know why I mentioned those 2 schools by name, you don’t understand football

    turfwar if i’m 10 yards away from Maiava, I like my chances of staying pain-free

    LOOK everyone knows Kahuku’s strengths, and they are not passing. That’s fine. Won them a championship last year, were the hands down favorites heading into this year’s game. You play to win, and that is smash mouth, we stronger than you mano mano, turnover free, D playing lights out, ball hawking best secondary in the state. That’s obvious even to a football novice. But, it’s also obvious that right now as a freshman, Maiava can’t pass worth a damn. Sorry. Calling a spade, a spade. Can he run? Absolutely. Does that make him a true dual threat QB? Hardly.

  15. Coach C January 19, 2017 3:03 pm

    I think Maiava will win more State Titles then any HI hs qb this century.

  16. 88 January 19, 2017 3:08 pm

    Coach B lets also not forget it took St. louis and their QB 4 years of hardwork to finally win the Big Game against the Big Dog. You win one and all of a sudden you forget? C’mon man.

  17. 88 January 19, 2017 3:18 pm

    AOK you tried to make fun of the kid and his throwing mechanics, hence the reference to Navy and Georgia Tech(Option teams). But those are Div. 1 schools dude. Out of the hundreds of kids who play high school football in the State of Hawaii how many do you know can play for Navy or Georgia tech? Let alone QB for those schools.

  18. nanakuli hawks January 19, 2017 4:26 pm

    Good for him. but i have seen a lot of talent here in hawaii that gets over looked! it’s frustraing to see that. my sons school is one of them. The varsity had a great athlete. chaysen morgan. this young man is a dynamo, but never got alot of attention because he plays for nanakuli. on my sons JV team, about 6-7 kids that could have crazy talent but goes unnoticed. furstrates me to no end.

  19. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate January 19, 2017 6:09 pm

    he did really good at the usarmy bowl last month for freshman. he is maturing physically and will be a force for kahuku next year. i dont agree that he is playing basketball right now he should be honing his QB skills. nanakuli kids need to go to kapolei if you want to get noticed, of the 6 or 7 kahuku kids that get offers every year about half of um wouldnt get noticed if they were playing anywhere else. winning helps your entire program thats why kahuku fans and parents are vocal

  20. Coach_B January 19, 2017 6:58 pm

    @Turfwar I dont get what you are talking about. Literally the first thing I said was congrats to Maiava. I like the kid. I think he will do great things. I’m also definitely not a STL fan… Trust me… Was cheering for Kahuku since my team lost. Nothing but praise for the program. All I said was that he has things to work on and Tua would be something to strive for. Wouldn’t you want Maiava to be at least as successful as Tua?I have in fact coached before. Have you? If you have you would’ve known that everyone has something to work on. Pointing out how good he could be if he did improve something isn’t trashing him. Dont get all butt hurt

    @88 No worries. My team, which isn’t STL, has had more than enough losses against Kahuku. I was never trying to trash Kahuku. Literally all I said was that he has things to work on.

  21. Ohcomeonalready January 19, 2017 11:55 pm

    Congrats Maiava. Keep working hard and continue proving haters wrong.

  22. MP January 20, 2017 6:11 am

    Solid! Hawaii needs to SolJay as well.

  23. MP January 20, 2017 6:14 am

    oops “offer”

  24. nanakuli hawks January 20, 2017 8:56 am

    @grabum, why should they all go to kapolei? isn’t that what the OIA is against? stacking teams? the local sports media should report on these kids from smaller school and build up the local talent we have. we always talk about how we have to keep local talent here in hawaii, but we never really show what we really have! we always focus on a couple of the best ones and flood the news with them!! The local sports media totally ignores the JV level!! Thats where i think they make a big mistake!

  25. Kahuku alumni January 20, 2017 10:10 am

    Congratulations Kid.

    But you are still not a Qb. You got Michigan cause Coach Tony Tuioti was there. NOw he took a job at Fresno st and now he offers again from Fresno. You are just an athlete. You can’t throw like Tua and Taulia. Good luck to you and your future. Maybe safety in college but then again you will have to learn how to read.

  26. ??? January 20, 2017 2:36 pm

    Congrats but if you want to improve at QB you need to transfer to Castle or STL where John Hao or June Jones can groom you. I like Kahuku but your next 3 years will be spent handing off or running read option!!!

  27. ooooka January 20, 2017 4:31 pm

    It is sad when you see people so disappointed in their own lives that they would choose to post anything but congrats to a kid for getting a scholarship offer.

  28. Sugarmill January 20, 2017 5:32 pm

    @ Kahuku alumni I’ve noticed you only comment when it’s about the maiava kid. You always negative so I’m thinking your not a Kahuku alum but someone that is jealous of his talent. A real kahuku alum would just congratulate him and leave it like that. Don’t hate just congratulate!

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