Former Leilehua High football player Netane Muti has finalized his transfer from the University of Hawaii to Fresno State.
Muti, a defensive lineman, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors in February. A month later, he received a letter from UH indicating his application was on hold and spelling out the steps he needed to meet to fulfill the school’s admission requirements. A UH official said the letter is standard for on-the-bubble applications and not a “hard denial.”
Muti interpreted it as a denial letter, and sought a release from his national letter of intent. Without a release, he would not be eligible for a football scholarship at another school this coming academic year.
UH could have denied the release, but “in the end, him and his family weren’t in agreement about him being here,” UH head coach Nick Rolovich said. “I didn’t feel like going through an appeal process with a guy who didn’t want to be here anymore.”
UH granted the release, and Muti reached a scholarship agreement with Fresno State.
“I still have good feelings for UH,” Muti said. “Things didn’t work out.”
The Warriors used Muti’s scholarship to sign Alesana Sunia, a defensive tackle from Leone High in American Samoa.
Earlier, defensive linemen Viane Moala of Tafuna High and Max Hendrie of the Scots College signed with the Warriors. Defensive linemen Taaga Tuulima of ‘Iolani School and Cole Carter of Fork Union Military Academy are joining the Warriors as preferred walk-ons.