University of Hawaii football defensive coordinator and Kevin Lempa and defensive line coach Legi Suiaunoa went to Leilehua’s wrestling practice last week to reconfirm the school’s interest in Mules defensive lineman Netane Muti.
Muti, who was recruited by former UH head coach Norm Chow, previously gave his oral commitment to Hawaii.
“The new staff (under new head coach Nick Rolovich) came to meet me,” Muti said.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder, who went both ways in high school, is being looked at as a defensive end.
“They told me that I might move to the inside if I get heavier,” Muti added.
Muti moved from Tonga to Hawaii in 2008, knowing nothing about football. He played on the junior varsity team as a sophomore and moved up to varsity as a junior, when he played left tackle on offense.
“(As a freshman) I was in the marching band and at a game I was watching the football and got interested,” he said. “It looked like fun.”