Late commit Kagawa had heavy BCS interest
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Late commit Kagawa had heavy BCS interest

Shaun Kagawa was at West Point for a mid-week official visit all the way from Kamehameha-Hawai'i High School on the island of Kea'au. ArmySports.com spoke to the 5-foot-11, 184-pound defensive back as he was about to make his return trip to the Aloha State about his decision to go to the U.S. Military Academy.

Shaun Kagawa was at West Point for a mid-week official visit all the way from Kamehameha-Hawai'i High School on the island of Kea'au. ArmySports.com spoke to the 5-foot-11, 184-pound defensive back as he was about to make his return trip to the Aloha State about his decision to go to the U.S. Military Academy.

"It was actually last May when Army started recruiting," said Kagawa. "My recruiter was Payam Saadat. It was January when I received my offer. They liked the fact that I was so versatile and could play multiple positions on the field. In high school, I played cornerback, wide receiver, and all of the other athletic positions. They said they were looking to bring in more versatile athletes and thought I'd be a great fit.

"I committed two weeks ago. It was more than just picking a school to play football, but the great opportunity [at Army]. The Academy offers one of the best educations in the county. It was what Army will provide me outside of football like having a job right after college. I felt like it was the best decision to make for my future. While I wouldn't say I'm excited about the military aspect of the Academy, I'm anxious to get started in it as well as the academics and athletics."

Kagawa played "every position you can think of" in his senior season at Kamehameha-Hawai'i helping the Warriors make the 2012 Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division II championship.

"This year I played a little at wide receiver, cornerback, free safety, linebacker, quarterback, kick return and punt return," he said. "I made All-State at defensive back. I think I had five or six picks and 25 tackles on the year in the secondary.

During his recruiting process, Kagawa attracted heavy interest from Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and Tulsa. In the end, he chose West Point over offers from Hawai'i and Navy. Although, he'll be a long way from home in New York, Kagawa said he's looking forward to the experience especially after his official visit.

"I think that my favorite part of the visit was getting to tour the athletic facilities," shared Kagawa. "They were incredible. It was all Nike stuff in there and that's my favorite brand. The next thing I really liked was just being there and seeing what the players have to go through on top of football. It was great getting to know the coaches. My player-host was Kyle Fleming who's from Hawai'i too."

At Kamehameha-Hawai'i High School, Kagwa was a three-year starter on varsity football. He also lettered in basketball, track, and tennis. He will report to USMAPS in mid-July and plans on majoring in Business.