It wouldn’t be a normal day anymore unless a BCS university offered an island player a football scholarship.
That’s no exaggeration, not since the winter and, now, spring season. This morning, Ole Miss made a scholarship offer to Mililani junior Vavae Malepeai.
Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance shared the news on its Facebook page.
The updated offer list for the 6-foot, 200-pound junior: Colorado, Washington, Cal, Hawaii, Utah State, Washington State, Nevada, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Tulsa, Stanford, UCLA, Ole Miss.
(Mahalo to Skye M for the update. I did some research and found confirmation on all 11 offers. Coach Rod York also confirmed on the offers, but didn’t know about Tulsa — where former UH and Radford DB Brian Norwood is a coach — and Ole Miss until he saw it on Facebook earlier today.)
The Star-Advertiser all-state first-team selection rushed for 1,244 yards and 23 touchdowns on 220 carries last season. It was his second season in a row of more than 1,200 rushing yards. His 43 career TDs are 13 short of record-holder Joe Igber of ‘Iolani.
Mar. 24, 2015 – Malepeai thrilled with UCLA offer (UCLA Rivals)
Mar. 23, 2015 – Malepeai gets offer from UCLA
Mar. 20, 2015 – Vavae Malepeai is blowing up! Last two offers are from #Stanford & #Tulsa: (Doug Kimmel on Twitter)
Mar. 18, 2015 – New Offer: Vavae Malepeai (Michigan Rivals)
Mar. 16, 2015 – 3-star Hawaii RB ‘shocked’ by Vanderbilt offer (Vanderbilt Rivals)
Mar. 15, 2015 – Malepeai gets offer from Vanderbilt
Mar. 4, 2015 – Nevada makes offer to Mililani’s Malepeai
Feb. 21, 2015 – Wazzu offers Malepeai a scholarship
Feb. 20, 2015 – Utah State makes offer to Mililani’s Malepeai
Feb. 16, 2015 – 2016 UW Football Recruiting: The Rest of the West (UW Dawg Pound)
Feb. 13, 2015 – Cal RB offeree Vavae Malepeai (Cal Rivals on Twitter)
Oct. 1, 2014 – VIDEO: Mil-Far post game, RB Vavae Malepeai
Aug. 30, 2014 – VIDEO: Mililani RB Vavae Malepeai