Kamehameha’s Alema Kapoi was leaning toward committing to Navy when visits to West Point and the Air Force suddenly opened his recruitment up.
Over the weekend, Navy closed the door on it.
Kapoi gave his commitment to the Midshipmen coaching staff Sunday after finishing his official visit.
He was hosted by Kamehameha alumnus Blaze Ryder and ultimately wanted to be a part of a winning program.
“It’s not cockiness, but (Navy) has a lot of swagger to them about how they think about their football team and I want to be part of a program like that,” Kapoi said.
The Midshipmen, coached by Radford alumnus and former UH quarterback Ken Niumatalolo, finished 11-2 with a win over Pittsburgh in the Military Bowl this past season and was ranked 18th in the final Associated Press Top 25.
Kapoi left Hawaii on Thursday and the first part of his visit Friday was spent touring the academic facilities, including the engineering building, which made an impression.
“Usually that’s not what you think of when you go on a football visit, but that was one of my favorite parts,” Kapoi said. “They get to work with some of the highest level stuff.”
The 6-foot, 265-pound defensive tackle will sign his letter of intent on Wednesday at the PIAA event at the Sheraton Waikiki.
‘Iolani wide receiver Keoni-Kordell Makekau is also expected to sign with Navy.
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