Waianae’s Mauga picks USC, keeps options open

Waianae’s Kana’i Mauga says he’s committed to USC but will keep his options open. Photo by Daryl Oumi/Special to Star-Advertiser

Waianae linebacker Kana’i Mauga tweeted today that he has committed to Southern California, but left room open at the end to potentially change in his mind.

Mauga wrote at the end that, “although I have verbally committed, I am continuing to leave my options open.”

If he follows through on his commitment, he will join Mililani alum Vavae Malepeai, the state’s all-time leading rusher, and Saint Louis alum Jordan Iosefa, who both signed with USC in 2016.

Mauga camped at USC this week and recently earned the offer from the Trojans. He also held offers from Pac-12 schools Utah, California, Washington State and Oregon State.

Mauga is a lean 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds but is a relentless rusher off the end. He had a game-high eight tackles, including three for a loss, and one sack in a 14-8 win over Farrington last year in the first round of the state tournament in the Open Division. He got the Seariders’ only sack of Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and also recovered a fumble in a loss to the Crusaders in the state semifinals.



  1. Chloropicrin June 24, 2017 12:58 pm

    Good for him!!

  2. C-Pop June 24, 2017 2:18 pm

    Watched this young man during recent UH Elite camp and came away very impressed! At 6’2 and 215 or so he has lots of room to fill out, has long arms a prerequisite to keeping blockers off of his body, uses his hands to ward off OTs on edge pass rushes, knows how to time and knock hands down or dip and crash his shoulder to turn the corner. Biggest plus for this young man is his “Competetive Fire” wants to win every rep! At running back he showed ability to accelerate and finish a run in the end zone. Reminds me of a bigger, more explosive Pisa Tinoisamoa type athlete.

  3. oxtail01 June 25, 2017 9:10 am

    Someone needs to teach this “kid” what the definition of “commitment” is. There is no such thing as committing and yet leaving options open.

  4. ??? June 25, 2017 9:48 am

    The RB/DB from Kahuku gave the same commitment to UH last year. Lol..

  5. Alpha June 25, 2017 4:03 pm

    @oxtail01 in college recruiting, there is a thing called “committing and yet leaving options open”. Colleges know very well until a recruit signs the letter of intent they still have a chance a persuading a kid from his original commitment. Your comment also shows how little you know USC.

  6. Homegrown June 25, 2017 4:13 pm

    Kid is a beast! Waianae got a solid squad coming back

  7. Realist June 26, 2017 10:16 am

    Oxtail, have you never decided on something and changed your mind later? As time goes on, new reasons appear, new justifications appear, new facts appear, circumstances may change,

    Why are you so harsh on a 17 year old kid? I see nothing wrong as saying “I leave my options open”

  8. Education First August 8, 2017 2:20 pm

    @ Realist , I totally agree with you. That is what is great about living in America. We have option and can change our decisions. Since the kid is talented he has leverage. Very smart to leave other options open.

    Other option might become avaiable later on that might be a better fit or more attractive. Typically, people who have an issue with leaving their options open are usually people who are not that talented and never had options in the first place.

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