University of Hawaii first-year head football coach Nick Rolovich announced Thursday that local offensive lineman Fred Ulu-Perry has signed a grant-in-aid agreement and will transfer from UCLA to UH in the spring semester.
Arguably the most decorated recruit to join the Rainbow Warriors, Ulu-Perry was ranked No. 69 in the nation by ESPN.com as a senior at Saint Louis School last year, earning the distinction as the No. 1 nationally ranked offensive guard by ESPN and the nation’s top center prospect by Scout.com.
While playing in his rookie season at UCLA, Ulu-Perry will not be eligible to play in 2016, sitting out the season under NCAA transfer rules. He will be eligible to play 2017 as a redshirt sophomore with three years to play at UH.
“It’s very special. I think I’m going to be very emotional, even this year coming out of the tunnel, even though I’m not eligible to play, it’s going to be a very emotional thing,” Ulu-Perry said. “It’s all still surreal right now. I can’t believe I’m back home. I was in L.A. for about six months, but it’s very good to be home.”
Rated as a four-star recruit and First-Team Prep All-American by Scout, Ulu-Perry earned all-state honors in two seasons, was KHON2’s Cover2 Olin Kreutz Award winner as the Lineman of the Year and was selected to play in the Under Armour High School All-America Game.
In addition, he was named to the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team, rated as a four-star recruit and the nation’s No. 3 center by 247sports.com, as well as a No. 5 center ranking from Rivals.com.
The 6-2, 305-pound freshman also lettered in basketball and track for the Crusaders.
Ulu-Perry, who picked UCLA over Hawaii out of Saint Louis, earned playing time in eight games this season as a true freshman for the Bruins along the offensive line. He made the switch to fill needs as a defensive lineman, recording three tackles.