Malepeai to make signing day decision between Oregon and USC

Vavae Malepeai

The state of Hawaii’s all-time leading rusher, Mililani running back Vavae Malepeai, will make his college decision Wednesday morning at the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance ceremony.

KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello has confirmed that Malepeai, currently a University of Oregon verbal commitment, took an official visit to USC this past weekend and will decide between the Ducks and Trojans.

Wednesday is the first day that high school football seniors are allowed to sign binding National Letters of Intent.

With 4,549 yards and 71 touchdowns in his storied career, Malepeai was voted as Cover2’s inaugural Marcus Mariota Player of the Year Award winner in 2015.

The 6’0 200 lb. four-star running back according to Scout.com had made a verbal commitment to the Ducks back on June 14, 2015.

On Jan. 9, Scout.com honored Malepeai as one of the best prospects at the Army All-American Bowl after his 6-carry, 66-yard performance led all rushers.

During a summer which put him on the national recruiting map, Malepeai was invited to and competed in Nike’s “The Opening” camp, becoming the first running back in state history to achieve the honor.

PIAA’s ceremony will begin at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday. KHON2 will have coverage from signing day ceremonies across Oahu.

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