Kapolei defensive end Kukea Emmsley has his first college football scholarship offer.
Oregon State did its homework and made an offer to the 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior on Saturday, according to Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez.
“Kukea has great potential. This is just the tip of the iceberg, for him,” Hernandez texted on Sunday. “I’m not surprised. His athleticism, length, frame and motor are big time. Honestly, he reminds me of a very young Jevon Kearse because he’s so tall and rangy.”
Kearse was a game-changer at D-end for the Tennessee Titans during their peak years more than a decade ago.
“Kukea is still developing, but he has very long arms,” Hernandez added.
Emmsley recorded five sacks and seven tackles for loss last season while playing alongside senior Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa (15 sacks) and junior Dylan Naehu (eight sacks). Tagovailoa-Amosa signed with Notre Dame in three weeks ago.