Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh spent part of his summer on Oahu teaching at clinics, and it came as a surprise one day when he offered a scholarship to incoming Kahuku freshman Sol-Jay Maiava.
How could this possibly happen? Who is Sol-Jay Maiava?
Well, he hasn’t played a down of high school football yet. We don’t even know if he will play on the Red Raiders junior varsity or varsity. And, even if he makes the varsity, there are at least three others from last year with valid claims to the position. All-State first-team all-purpose player Kesi Ah-Hoy led the way at QB last year as the Red Raiders took their grinding style of running game to a new level. Ah-Hoy, who can also play running back, is a senior this year.
With preseason scrimmages starting this week, Hawaii Prep World will try to find out exactly where Maiava fits in Kahuku’s plans or at least which of the two teams he will be on.
For a glimpse of Maiava in action, however, take a look at this highlight reel from his Laie Park Raiders season in the Big Boyz league last year: