The University of Hawaii football team has secured a commitment from a versatile athlete from Australia.
Max Hendrie, who is experienced in rugby and football, is expected to sign a letter of intent with the Warriors on Feb. 3, the first day of the NCAA signing period.
Paul Manera, who serves as Hendrie’s tutor/adviser, said Hendrie is 6 feet 4, 245 pounds and capable of running 40 yards in 4.53 seconds.
Manera said Hendrie probably can compete at linebacker, tight end, running back or offensive lineman, as well as contribute on special teams.
Hendrie graduated from The Scots College, a Sydney high school, in December 2014. He has been training during the “gap year,” the period between high school and college in Australia. He is expected to enroll at UH in June.
“He might grow an inch taller, but if he doesn’t, he’s already tall enough,” Manera said. “He’s already fast enough. I’ve watched him play rugby, where he’s carrying the ball. He broke tackles. He side-stepped people. He stiff-armed people. He tackled people. He ran over people. … He’s quite versatile.”
Manera added: “Hawaii is going to get a mature kid. Hawaii is going to get a kid who will work very hard and be very grateful for the opportunity.”
Manera, who was raised in Australia, is a former UH offensive lineman.