One of the top high school football players in American Samoa has accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Hawaii football team.
Penei Stowers-Pavihi, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker from Tafuna High, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he will put his commitment in writing on Feb. 1, the first day 2017 prospects may sign national letters of intent.
By pledging to UH, Stowers-Pavihi is turning down offers from Washington State and Oregon State.
Stowers-Pavihi has been his team’s captain and most valuable player for defense every season since his freshman year. He recently was named the defensive MVP for the champion game.
UH defensive line coach Legi Suiaunoa was the point recruiter. Suiaunoa’s wife, Rose, and Stowers-Pavihi’s mother, Caroline, are close friends.
“Rose was like a daughter to me,” Caroline Stowers-Pavihi said.
Penei Stowers-Pavihi’s childhood friend is UH linebacker Jeremiah Pritchard.
When Stowers-Pavihii was in the eighth grade, he reached a deal with his father in which he would be allowed to grow his hair if he maintained good grades. Since then, Stowers-Pavihi has had only A’s and B’s. His hair is to his waist.