A highly regarded receiver from American Samoan has accepted a scholarship from the University of Hawaii football team.
Ralph Taufa‘asau of Samoana High will sign a letter of intent on Feb. 1, the first day 2017 recruits may put their commitments in writing.
Taufa‘asau is 6 feet 4 1/2 and 220 pounds. He played receiver at Samoana but projects to compete at tight end for the Rainbow Warriors.
“He’s a humble kid, and also a silent kid,” said his father, Wallace Taufa‘asau. “I’m trying to get him not to be shy. If you ask him if he wants something to drink, he’ll say, ‘no,’ but he wants something to drink. That’s him. But he plays tough. He loves the game.”
Taufa‘asau alao excels in basketball. Two of his uncles coach for American Samoa’s national basketball team. His cousin, Kurt Taufa‘asau, played defensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts.
Taufa‘asau played for American Samoa in Saturday’s JPS Paradise Bowl at Aloha Stadium. He caught four passes for 16 yards, including a 3-yard reception for a touchdown.