Crusaders' Hanohano picks Utah ... for now
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By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer
Despite telling the University of Utah he will accept a football scholarship, Saint Louis School all-star wide receiver Desmond Hanohano said he is still leaving his options open.
Hanohano, who is 6 feet 5 and 220 pounds, said Utah is the only school that made him an offer. Asked what he would do if another school showed interest, he said, "I'll see what they have to offer and probably go with the best deal, I guess."
It is not uncommon for recruits to change their minds before the signing date.
Hanohano took a recruiting trip to Utah last Wednesday through Friday.
"I like the program overall, the facilities and coaches," Hanohano said.
He said he has been told that he could play as a freshman and was told he would be used as a wide receiver.
Hanohano is an Interscholastic League of Honolulu first-team all-star.
"Des is an overachiever," Saint Louis coach Darnell Arceneaux said. "No one really knew about him. I kept telling guys you gotta take a look at this kid. He's a prototypical tight end, like (Jeremy) Shockey and Tony Gonzalez, tall, lean. They were at one time wide receivers who put on muscle mass (and became tight ends)."
He is the second player from Hawai'i to verbally commit to Utah. Iolani running back Raynold Stowers said Monday he will sign with the Utes.
Thompson, who is 6-5 and 287 pounds, also was offered a scholarship by Utah and had a recruiting visit scheduled for Oregon State, Arceneaux said.
"He is one person you don't have to worry about," Arceneaux said of Thompson, whose brother Sione is an assistant on the Crusaders staff. "His mother did a great job of raising her two boys. (Tavita) brings it on every day. He doesn't want to be second."
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