Being “loyal to the soil” is one of the many catch phrases that University of Hawaii head football coach Nick Rolovich has used to lay his foundation for a new era for the Rainbow Warriors, and on Monday, two of the most coveted home-grown products confirmed their re-commitment to the home team.
Mililani quarterback McKenzie Milton and wide receiver Kalakaua Timoteo each informed Coach Rolo this weekend that they have decided to stay with UH and remove themselves from the recruitment trail.
Milton, the 2014 Cover2 Tommy Kaulukukui Award Winner as Offensive Player of the Year finished his career with over 7,000 passing yards and 81 touchdowns, while Timoteo, a two time Cover2 All State First Team selection hauled in 40 touchdowns.
“Me and McKenzie committing to UH hopefully starts a chain reaction and hopefully a lot more Hawaii boys decide to stay, because we have a lot of talent here in Hawaii and over these past years, they haven’t really been recruiting it, so hopefully we can get some of the boys on board, and we can turn this thing around,” said Timoteo.
Both players had given their verbal commitment to UH prior to their senior seasons while Norm Chow was head coach, but following Chow’s dismissal, the school put a self imposed “pause” on recruiting since the start of November, which led both players to re-evaluate their futures and both were currently being recruited by other FBS schools including Navy, Washington State, and Oregon.
The nation’s letter of intent signing day is on February 3rd.