Torres: Kawehena Johnson offered by UH

November 21st, 2012

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.

11 Responses to “Torres: Kawehena Johnson offered by UH”

  1. buffalolo:

    About time. Nothing like a hungry and overlooked North Shore kid with something to prove. Just hope he takes it easy on Friday

  2. PurpleMaple:

    There’s another “small-stature” Johnson that’s been offerred a scholarship – TJ Johnson, RB/DB, 5-7, 153 lbs. (4.4 40 yd dash) from Island Coast HS – Cape Coral, FL. It would be fun to watch if both should accept a scholarship from Hawaii.,

  3. st. anthony trojan:

    Ha ha …. that would be funny… Johnson & Johnson.. maybe UH would be getting a lot of free band aids huh.. he he he..

  4. cocobean:

    I’d be estatic if turns out to be another Chad, I’d also be pretty happy if turns out to be another Richard Torres. We need all the ballers we can get, Play makers.


    I stay waiting for next season already.

  6. Derrick:

    They may be small but no doubt that Kawe Johnson makes plays and he will make plays at the next level too. Think Jeff Sydner.

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