Brackenridge will be joining Rainbows
By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer
Although he won't be playing football for the University of Hawai'i, Kalani Brackenridge still plans to be a part of its sports family.
The middle infielder and 2009 Kapolei graduate said he will join the UH baseball team. He had signed a letter of intent in February to play football with an agreement that he could try out for baseball. But he has since relinquished his football scholarship to focus solely on baseball.
"I think it's a good decision for me to just concentrate on baseball," said Brackenridge, recruited as a defensive back for football.
He joins 'Iolani outfielder Breland Almadova, Kamehameha infielder Pi'ikea Kitamura and Kaua'i infielder Trent Allianic as homegrown players who will join the Rainbows for the 2010 season.
Brackenridge said his priorities changed after he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 44th round in June. He did not sign with the Rays when the Aug. 17 deadline passed. He also was considering junior college, which would have allowed him to be eligible for the draft next year. Enrolling at a four-year college means he is not eligible for the draft until after his third year in school.
He has the bloodlines for both sports. His brother Tyron Brackenridge is a defensive back for the Jacksonville Jaguars. His father, Lyle Brackenridge, played in the Minnesota Twins organization in the early 1980s.