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UH recruit from Leilehua signs with Fresno State


    From left, Leilehua grads Tyreek Keough, Chasity Stalcup and Netane Muti, celebrated on National Letter of Intent day.

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.

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    • Yup….admission standards to UH is pretty high, especially the SAT scores. Not unusual to see kids get into mainland schools, but cannot get into UH.

      • UH Admissions having high standards for admissions is not altogether true. At the same time, it’s not like they have low standards either. But UH’s general admissions standards are not much of a stretch from most flagship state institutions. In this particular case, it just appears that this young man simply did not meet the general admissions standards. In this age of tuition-driven budgets, UH is doing everything they can to admit folks, not deny them. Again, in this case, it appears that this young man simply did not meet the standards. Claiming that “no one told me anything,” is not a viable excuse either. Not faulting this young man by no means, but when you are a first generation college bound student, the small (and sometimes not so small) details can fall through the cracks. Good luck to him at Fresno.

        • Yep, we don’t hear about recruits getting problems like this every year, so you know it was something that he should have taken care of, especially if he wants to succeed at UH instead of dropping out later due to academics. A lot of recruits end of going the junior college route to fix their academic problems unlike Muti who could have fixed his problem before enrolling at UH instead of bolting to Fresno State instead.

      • How is the SAT scores at UH higher as you only need to score an aggregate of 415 on the SAT….geezus, how is that any higher than any other school…….

    • Well, his heart was with UH. Unfortunately, his grades were not if I’m understanding it. So, thank you young Muti.
      Which should serve as a compass for other young high school students to keep academics as equally important to gain admittance into the next level.

      • And by the way, if parents of athletes who have the potential to be offered scholarships, should be on top of the situation and not be slack with their young athletes schooling expecting the young person to achieve what might be burdensome. It tells me that it’s the parents failure mixed in there somewhere.

  • What is the matter, UH cannot afford to hire a TUTOR for Muti? I hope this is not a communication or personality problem between Rolo and these young incoming players. He is on the “bubble” means it is fixable and a little gentle hand holding and tutoring is what this kid needs because if he is going to be a good player he needs to play with “smarts”. Getting a bad feeling of Deja vu that Rolo, like Chow might be having a little problem “connecting” with the local boys and their families, especially from the Laie side.

    • There are a lot of things that come into play here. He was not denied admission, he was on the “bubble”. Also, there are two levels of admission, NCAA requirements and UH admission standards. He probably met the NCAA requirements (or UH would have mentioned that and would not be able to offer him a scholarship) also, he must have met NCAA since Fresno was able to offer him a scholarship. There might have been questions about course levels, etc. which caused UH to put a hold on him and Fresno may have been able to work around those issues. Getting a high school athlete eligible for college sports requires work from the parents, the school counselors and the student. Too many kids don’t find out about NCAA or specific school requirements until too late in their high school careers. But, it looks like he was probably ok but he viewed UH’s hold as a hard ‘no’ and UH didn’t view it that way. You can’t blame the kid for taking a solid offer when UH was hesitating. It has nothing to do with coach Rolo, his parents, or the kid, its a combination of a number of issues which communications being one of the biggest. Kudos to Rolo for releasing him rather than holding him and maybe not being able to put him on the roster any way. Look at the message this sends to the players, the coach looks out for what is best for his players.

      • You might be correct but UH has a history of dysfunctionality in both academics and athletics. Can give the example of Team Yanagimachi and his green mice where UH destroyed that winning team by playing hardball with the young researcher from England who was NOT UH faculty so there was question on how would benefit from patents. Instead of UH admin acknowledging the gray area they filed a lawsuit against the English researcher and one he and the other young researcher from Japan left Yanagimichi and Hawaii, they fell into oblivion. Or what about after JJ reaching the Sugarbowl and yes they trounced but had JJ continued coaching at UH they were at a high at the level of success would have continued to be high. Instead Herman Frasier again wanted to show who was boss and drove JJ away to SMU. And the final example of why imposted what I did was utter dysfunctionality between Gib Arnold and a UH academic advisor. How something minor turned into a major NCAA Investigation and subsequent penalties that are currently being appealed. I don’t know enough of how good Muti is on the playing field and exacrly what academic deficiencies he has but putting it nicely most football players at the Div1 A level are not attending college for their intellect. So UH should not maintain some academic standard but don’t blame it on the kid because public school atheletics do NOT think about basic academic prep for their athletes who can compete on the college level, unlike private schools like Punahou and Iolani have look out for their student athletes both on and off the field. I remember a friends kid in Punahou who had some problems off the field and Rick Tune gave this kid some one on one counseling. Also the Samoan community is strong on family and deferrence to ‘village’ leaders. Does UH have such a guidsnce counselor who is an ex top athlete, knowledgeable about academic requirements, well respected in the American Samoan community and can provide a positive counseling regimen to bring those ‘bubble’ athletes who came from a Hawaii public schools and get ‘elegible’ and off the bubble? Please don’t refer to the academic advsior that dealt with Gib Arnold and instead of getting fired got a promotion. Rolo’s job is hard enough, stories like this are disheartening because sounds like UH football is NOT getting the administrative support they need to succeed. UH is NOT like Alabama and is so deep that someone transfering out of Alabama football is no big deal. With UH one loss of a potential key player is a BIG deal

    • A University cannot hire a tutor for a “potential recruit”. Not a question of funds. It would be illegal and put UH in trouble. Nothing to do with Rolo. Keep your negative inverse comments to yourself. Go cheer for Fresno St.

    • Come on, get real. UH provide tutors ( like every other football programs) for players AFTER they get in. How do you provide a tutor for people who can’t even get in? Darn, someone should provide a tutor for you.

  • Hopefully, Fresno St. can provide this young man with the guidance and support necessary to survive at the college level. Sounds like he hasn’t gotten either so far.

    • Let’s get real here. There are thousands of young men/women, regardless of whether they’re in sports or not, who doesn’t get high enough grades/test scores to get into a university or university of their choice. How do you expect any institution to monitor and guide every young person prior to them getting into a position of being able to seek higher education? There are thousands who don’t even graduate high school so what about them? What are you, some kind of saint who can magically fix something that’s beyond anyones power to do so?

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