Kamehameha senior defensive tackle Alema Kapoi will take his final recruiting trip of the season to Navy this weekend.
When he gets home Sunday, he wants to have a decision made by the time he goes to bed.
Kapoi, who is 6 feet and 265 pounds, will decide between three military schools: Army, Navy and Air Force. He said he talked to Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich on Monday but was not offered a scholarship, thus limiting his choices to the military schools.
“I wasn’t really thinking about going miliatry first but I’m excited for it now,” said Kapoi, who was named to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser all-state first team last month. “You probably have to work harder than most other schools, but they all have great football programs and good facilities.”
Kapoi has logged quite a few frequent flyer miles over the course of his three trips but expects the amount of local kids at Navy, like at West Point, to help make the distance from home not seem so far.
“Coach (Ken) Niumatalolo is from Hawaii and likes to get as many local kids up there as possible so I can still feel comfortable even though it’s far from home,” Kapoi said. “I knew a couple of kids at West Point so it was good to see them already and (both of) my trips have went well.”
Kapoi said he doesn’t want to go into signing day uncommitted and plans to attend the PIAA event at the Sheraton Waikiki.