What was supposed to be an uneventful Monday turned into a day of good news for the Rainbow Warriors. Right wideout JoJo Ward was named the league’s Player of the Week in the morning, and then then Micah Soliai Howlett a highly regarded offensive lineman from Kahuku High, commits to UH. And, of course, the Warriors’ victory over Oregon State on Saturday ensured that all UH student-athletes could order omelets as part of the training-table meal.
Here’s the skinny on the Soliai Howlett addition:
> Soliai Howlett said he is 6 feet 4 and 295 pounds. He was named to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s 2018 All-State third team.
> He initially made an oral commitment to Arizona State in June. But he began having second thoughts, and last week he started leaning toward UH. He said he watched the Spectrum Sports telecast of the UH-Oregon State, from kickoff to that post-game scuffle. “I thought the game was good,” he said. “And once the game ended, I saw the UFC match on the sideline.”
It’s no secret that there are great things going on at the University of Hawaii. The energy and vibe I feel from the players and coaching staff is UNREAL! I want to be a part of something special. I’M STAYING HOME @NickRolovich @CoachWeber62 GOBOWS🌈🤟🏽#Commited
— Micah Soliai Howlett (@MicahSoliai) September 10, 2019
> Soliai Howlett received offers from Nevada, Fresno State, Syracuse and Liberty.
> His cousins are former Warriors Kamalani Alo and Kaeo Alo.
> He attended a UH spring practice in April, participated in the Rainbow Warrior Football Elite Camp in June, and watched one of the training-camp practices open to the public in August.
> Quote: “I want to be part of something special. I want to be one of the local boys who defends Pride Rock.”
> He said he will put his commitment into writing on Dec. 18, the first day of the early-signing period for football prospects.
> Earlier, UH received 2020 commitments from Mililani High offensive lineman Jake Tuatagaloa, Kamehameha-Kapalama linebacker Ezra Evaimalo, Hilo wideout Kilohana Haassenritter, Liberty Hill punter Matthew Shipley, and Campbell receiver Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala.