Pritchard transitions from American Samoa

Farrington’s Jeremiah Pritchard, right, was invited to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in December. At left is Sean Ceglinsky, an organizer of the national all-star game. Photo courtesy of Keiki Misipeka.

Harvard no. Yale yes.

A recruiting website has Farrington linebacker Jeremiah Pritchard listed as having received interest from Harvard.

It’s not true, Pritchard said, but Yale made a call.

“A Yale assistant coach messaged me and wanted to know my grades and SAT scores,” Pritchard said during a phone interview Friday.

Pritchard has not taken the SATs yet and said he has good grades but still would like to bring them up.

The 6-foot, 200-pounder confirmed he has offers from Hawaii, Colorado and UNLV and that he has received interest from Cal, Oregon State, Utah State and Washington.

“I will probably wait until after my senior season to make a decision,” he said.

A little more than a year ago, Pritchard was living in American Samoa.

“My transition has been really difficult,” he said. “I had to get used to all the competition, but it has really brought the best out of me as an athlete.”

He came to Hawaii in March 2014. In the fall, he helped lead the Governors to third place in the OIA and to a semifinal appearance in the state tournament, where they lost a 17-14 heartbreaker to eventual champion Mililani.

In a season of many big plays, he pointed to one that he’ll always remember.

“I had a sack (in a regular-season crossover game) against Campbell,” Pritchard said. “I don’t have 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, but when I watch that play on film, it shows I have game speed and game speed is a lot different than 40 speed.”

Pritchard is one of five Hawaii players invited to take part in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Arlington, Texas, in December after his senior season.

He’s pumped up for the new season coming in the fall.

“It’s been a blessing, a real blessing to come here,” Pritchard said. “I really like it knowing in the offseason that this is my last year and that motivates me even more, knowing it will be my last year playing high school football.”


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