It’s a distinct pattern, no doubt.
One university eyes the talent and work ethic of a heralded recruit. The in-state rival makes its copy-cat move. Or maybe it’s just simple recognition that this student-athlete is 1) gifted enough to garner that kind of recognition and trust, and 2) we’d better follow suit. Now.
Just two days after Mississippi State offered a football scholarship to Kaiser junior Michael Eletise, Ole Miss stepped up with an offer to the 6-foot-4, 305-pound offensive lineman. This is FBS offer No. 28 for Eletise, regarded as the No. 1 guard in the West Region by Scout.com.
He announced the news on his Twitter feed.
Michael Eletise @MichaelEletise · 2h 2 hours ago
HONORED & GRATEFUL to have received an offer to play for OLE’ MISS! @coreybatoon @B_Aigamaua @CoachMattLuke #OleMiss
Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance also shared the news on its Facebook page.
Ole Miss, which has transformed into a national power once again in recent years, has made inroads in the islands of late. Former Farrington player David Luafatasaga signed with the Bulldogs out of junior college in February. Ole Miss also made an offer to Saint Louis sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in late March.
His updated FBS offer list: Colorado, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Hawaii, UCLA, Cal, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Washington, Washington State, Nevada, Florida State, Utah State, San Diego State, Utah, San Jose State, Oregon State, Tulsa, Missouri, Louisville, Kansas State, UNLV, North Carolina State, Boston College, Mississippi State, Ole Miss.
He also has an offer from one Division II school, Azusa Pacific.
Apr. 6, 2015 – VIDEO: Eletise’s avalanche of offers
Apr. 6, 2015 – Miss. St. makes it 27 FBS offers for Eletise
Apr. 2, 2015 – BC makes it 26 offers for Eletise
Mar. 27, 2015 – N.C. State makes it 25 offers for Eletise
Mar. 26, 2015 – Eletise’s 24th offer: UNLV
Mar. 23, 2015 – Kansas St. is offer No. 23 for Eletise
Mar. 21, 2015 – Louisville makes it 22 offers for Eletise
Mar. 20, 2015 – They all like Mike: Mizzou offers Eletise
Mar. 19, 2015 – Eletise’s 20th offer: Tulsa
Mar. 17, 2015 – Under Armour AA game invites Eletise
Mar. 15, 2015 – Blue-Grey invites Auwae, Eletise, Herbig
Mar. 9, 2015 – Oregon St. makes it 19 offers for Eletise
Mar. 8, 2015 — Eletise moving up at Nike Opening
Mar. 5, 2015 — Offer No. 18 for Eletise: SJSU
Mar. 3, 2015 — Utah makes it 17 offers for Eletise
Mar. 1, 2015 — Eletise ready for Opening, unofficial visits
Feb. 24, 2015 — Sweet 16: SDSU wants Eletise
Feb. 23, 2015 — Utah State makes it 15 offers for Eletise
Feb. 22, 2015 — Seminoles really, really like Eletise
Feb. 20, 2015 — Wazzu, Nevada make it 13 offers for Eletise
Feb. 19, 2015 — Huskies on chase for Eletise
Feb. 18, 2015 — Tar Heels become Eletise’s 10th offer
Feb. 14, 2015 — Cornhuskers want Eletise
Feb. 11, 2015 — Cal, Arizona, Kansas jump on Eletise’s list
Feb. 10, 2015 — Nike Football Combine results and video
Feb. 6, 2015 — VIDEO: Kaiser OL Michael Eletise
Feb. 6, 2015 — UCLA makes Eletise an offer
Jan. 28, 2015 — UH jumps on Eletise train
Jan. 27, 2015 — Kaiser’s Eletise offered by Arizona State