Source: Kahuku’s Wily, Afalava choose UNLV

Kahuku running back Soli Afalava rumbled for yardage against Kaimuki.   Photo by Krystle Marcellus /
Kahuku running back Soli Afalava rumbled for yardage against Kaimuki.
Photo by Krystle Marcellus /

It appears the indecision is done and Kahuku two-way standout Salanoa-Alo Wily will be signing with UNLV on Wednesday morning, according to a trusted source close to OIA football.

Another Kahuku star, linebacker Soli Afalava, will be joining him with the Rebels, the source said Tuesday.

Both had previously committed to Hawaii. Wily changed his mind and committed to UNLV recently, according to a story on But then, Wily, according to sources, became torn between UH and UNLV this week and wanted to meet with his family to make a final decision.

The OIA source said UNLV, in order to make the deal more attractive, added a scholarship offer to Afalava, who previously had been a solid UH commit.

As with any letter of intent signee, the absolute final decision won’t come until their signatures are on the letter and sent to their chosen school. Both will be at a Kahuku signing ceremony Wednesday at 9:30.

Army and Navy had made an effort to recruit Wily recently.

Also on Tuesday, two other Kahuku players made their decisions about where they will sign Wednesday, the OIA source said — defensive lineman Pena Fitisemanu with Utah (instead of BYU) and defensive back Alohi Gilman with Navy.

It is believed that Fitisemanu will be a walk-on. It’s not clear if Gilman will be a scholarship player or walk-on.

Asked over the phone to verify the Kahuku players’ decisions, coach Lee Leslie said, “As far as I know, they’re not going to make their final decisions until Wednesday morning. If it does happen that Sala and Soli go to UNLV, it will be too bad for the island. We’d like to see ’em play here every week. I’m sure the families will all meet and decide what is best for them.”

All four players helped Kahuku reach the state semifinals last fall.


  1. UH fan February 3, 2015 11:47 pm

    UH has great fans! We support all UH athletes. =)

  2. Hawaii future February 3, 2015 11:52 pm

    I think Hawaii has a bright future with the new quarterback.. Receivers and returning linebackers. They just need to make a statement this year.

  3. Wilson Baisa February 6, 2015 1:32 pm

    As a Island boy growing up on Maui and playing for Maui High, I was torn as well if I should stay on the Island or venture of to UNLV after many sleepless nights I chose UNLV…Played three years there. My word of advise for this players is- Come to camp prepared!…I mean “In Shape”.
    2-a-days were brutal especially when it’s 7am and it’s already a 100 degrees, late practice cooked up to 115-117 degrees!..I’m a Runnin’ Rebel for life!..loved the school, teammates and the over all experience.

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