He’s gone from relative unknown to the king of Mililani.
Just a year ago, Trojan wide receiver Kalakaua Timoteo was priming for a junior season in which he’d average 100 yards per game and score 11 touchdowns. His dream campaign was topped off by one of the great state title game performances of all-time, where he scored four times against Punahou to give the Trojans their first Koa Trophy in program history.
Now, the exploding prospect is in the company of the best high school football players in the nation. “Kala” earned an invitation to Nike’s The Opening camp, the most prestigious prep pigskin gathering in the United States.
The camp, which takes place next week, will see a University of Hawaii commit in Timoteo for the first time since its inception.
The firsts don’t stop there. Timoteo was the initial skill position player from Hawaii to ever get a Nike golden ticket, where he is now joined by fellow Trojan Vavae Malepeai.
“I was doubted a lot because of my speed, so when I went up there, I didn’t run the best 40 (yard dash time), but I knew what I could do and I knew that what we have down here, there’s nothing different than what’s up there. This just goes to show that we’re just as good as everybody else is out there. Just because we live on a rock doesn’t mean we don’t know how to play football.”
The confident wide out isn’t shy about his belief that he belongs among the nation’s elite, especially when his family has made expensive sacrifices to afford him this opportunity.
“I’m really excited because it’s not free to go up to the mainland and go to all these camps, so when I was playing, all I thought was to make the most of what I got, make sure I don’t waste all of this money going up there, because it’s not cheap and I just wanted to represent for my family, my state,” he said.
The Opening kicks off July 7 and runs through July 10.