Apparently there is still room for a little guy who makes big plays on future University of Hawaii football rosters.
Kahuku football coach Reggie Torres told me today that UH head coach Norm Chow has tendered a scholarship offer to 5-foot-7, 150-pound Red Raiders senior Kawehena Johnson.
“He’s small, but he has the intangibles,” Torres said.
That, and more. Johnson, who leads his Kahuku teammates into the Division I state championship game Friday, may be the most exciting player in the state. The safety/receiver/quarterback has scored touchdowns on both sides of the ball.
His playing style is best described as electric, and he comes up big in big games.
My guess is he would project as a slot receiver and kick returner in college.
This is a smart offer by Chow, who has a history of securing Hawaii high school talent other coaches didn’t consider prime prospects. Kurt Gouveia, who UH did not offer because it considered him half a step slow, comes to mind. Gouveia, the state player of the year from Prep Bowl champion Waianae on both sides of the ball, went on to win a national championship at BYU and two Super Bowls with the Washington Redskins.
If Kahuku beats Punahou for its second-consecutive state title, Johnson will probably be a strong contender for state player of the year honors. Maybe even if his team doesn’t win.