Patience, perseverance and hard work is finally paying off for Jonathan Lolohea. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive lineman, who is originally from Hawaii, did not receive any scholarship offers coming out of high school and was asked to grayshirt before entering the Junior College ranks.
Lolohea played his freshman season at Los Angeles Valley College last fall before transferring to Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. The now well-traveled down lineman has seen his stock take off since his move to The Magnolia State.
"It has been a real blessing," he said. "Getting these offers is something new. I was under-the-radar but I improved a lot physically, got smarter about the game as time went on, and I adapted well to the college level. I have worked harder than others throughout this time period."
Arizona, Iowa State, Kansas, Maryland, Oregon State and Washington State were among the first 14 programs to extend a scholarship offer to Lolohea, and this week, Colorado and Houston have joined the mix.
"I came in contact with [inside linebackers] coach [Ross] Els from Colorado and I guess they have been talking to my coaches and they like my work ethic," Lolohea said. "Coach Els said they also love my power, and my quickness and speed for my size as a 310-pounder. I love the fact they have the No. 1 campus in the nation. When I heard that, I was like, 'Wow!' I can see why, it is a beautiful campus."
In an update with Scout.com earlier this spring, Lolohea indicated his top three was Washington State, Iowa State and Maryland. What is the latest?
"It has changed a little over the past month or so," he said. "I don't want to say Colorado is my top school right now but I am really interested in their program. I like what they have to offer. They had a good defense last year and it sounds like Colorado is a really good environment.
"I am probably going to take some unofficial visits during my break, right before fall camp. For sure I want to say I will visit Colorado and Kansas. I am not too sure on any other visits, but that could always change."
Most colleges that run a 3-4 scheme have talked to Lolohea about playing defensive end, while programs that run a 4-3 have talked to him about fitting in at defensive tackle. The Buffaloes mentioned the possibility of him playing nose tackle in their defense.
"It doesn't really matter to me what scheme a college runs, I could play in any system," he said. "What I am looking for is a team that wants to win and works well together. To me that is what is fun about football, being part of a team where everyone is on the same page, everyone has the same mindset and has a common goal.
"I feel like if you have a common goal as a team and the program and school has a good environment, then I am going to be really interested. That is what I am really looking for."
Lolohea is on pace to transfer to his four-year college of choice next January with three to play two.