Leilehua senior Charles Moku Watson was the first player in Hawaii from the class of 2017 to commit to Oregon State during the first annual Polynesian Bowl on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
Kahuku’s Kesi Ah-Hoy, who originally committed to Hawaii, could soon be joining him.
Ah-Hoy has opened up his recruiting and is choosing between Hawaii and Oregon State after a home visit from the Beavers’ coaching staff made him reconsider his options. The Beavers originally recruited him as a running back before the season stated.
“The Oregon State coach came to my house and he just said that they’re recruiting me as a defensive player,” Ah-Hoy said. “That’s what opened up my recruiting.”
Ah-Hoy excelled during his first year playing defense full time for Kahuku. The senior primarily competed at safety this season and racked up first team all-state honors for the Red Raiders.
His previous seasons at Kahuku were spent in the backfield as a running back and quarterback. At UH, Ah-Hoy was recruited as a safety and linebacker.
Ah-Hoy has some family ties at OSU. His older sister, Camilla, was a star volleyball player for the Beavers. He said that his decision will depend on “whatever’s best for me and my family situation.”
For now, Ah-Hoy has narrowed it down to the Beavers and Rainbow Warriors, and will make the decision on signing day.
“Right now, it’s 50-50,” Ah-Hoy said. “I’m just talking it over with my parents and just praying about it. We’ll see come Feb. 1 on signing day.”
Coaches won’t be the only ones pleading him to come to Corvallis.
“I’ve been trying to get Kesi,” Watson said. “We’ll see at signing day what Kesi does. It’s going to be crazy.”
Watson originally committed to Washington State over the summer, but like Ah-Hoy, opened up his recruiting process. He whittled down a list of 10 offers to the Beavers and Brigham Young before choosing Oregon State.
“It’s beautiful. When I took my visit, it reminded me of Wahiawa,” Watson said. “A lot of trees, real cool temperature. They got great coaches, great facilities. It’s always been my dream to play for a Pac-12 school.”