If your Oahu high school fields a varsity football team, that was a UH football coach wearing an H-logo shirt on your campus on Monday.
The NCAA’s evaluation period for football prospects began this week. It is a time when college assistant coaches may visit a football-playing school to meet with coaches, teachers and counselors to discuss football prospects.
UH coach Nick Rolovich‘s plan was to make sure an assistant coach visited every Oahu school with a football team.
“We wanted to make sure we got out there on the first day,” Rolovich said. “Whether it’s the office manager, whether it’s the principal, whether it’s the teachers, the first thing they saw when recruiting came out was an ‘H’ walking through their school.”
Linebackers coach Mark Banker said: “First day, the first thing we do is take care of the home base. … We wanted to make home a focus. The players in high school — the recruitable athletes — aren’t going to make us first if we don’t make them first. Our intent is to do the very best we can from, one, an evaluation and knowing, and two, to keep as many players from the state of Hawaii at home and make UH a first choice.”
By the time the period ends, UH will have visited every football-playing school in the state at least once, maybe twice.
“We’re out there with our ‘H’s’ on,” assistant coach Jacob Yoro said.