Kaimuki quarterback Jayden Maiava is going to enroll at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas next month, according to Bulldogs coach David Tautofi.
The plan is for Maiava to join the Gaels’ football team for his junior season in 2020.
“He’s slated to go to Bishop Gorman and become the man there,” Tautofi said on Tuesday at the same time he confirmed that he will be back as Kaimuki’s head coach next season.
According to Tautofi, there is still time for Maiava to change his mind and return to the Bulldogs.
“It’s not done until it’s done,” the coach said. “Either way, we brought Jayden to a place where he can step into the (quarterback) position with maturity and make strong decisions. We wish him the best. He’s going to get a dozen to 15 offers, at least, once he gets there. Every school, every college, every university knows who he is. They’re asking Gorman coaches about him and wondering, ‘Is he really coming?’ ”
Maiava already has D-I college offers from Auburn, BYU, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
“Jayden contributed big-time to our success. So we’re going to have to figure out how we’re going to compete next season. It’s a new journey next year.”
Only a sophomore, Maiava helped the Bulldogs to the OIA Division II championship and a spot in the D-II state tournament, where they lost 35-28 to Kapaa in the semifinals.
Maiava threw for 3,317 yards and 41 touchdowns and rushed for 242 yards and another five TDs. He also spearheaded the Bulldogs’ second-half comeback attempt from a 28-7 deficit against Kapaa that fell short.
Only Maiava and Kapolei’s Taulia Tagovailoa in 2016 have thrown for at least 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns with less than 10 interceptions in a single season.