Consider jumbo athlete Giovanni Miranda the latest in a string of talented two-way prospects from powerhouse Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound standout played safety as a junior last fall but has the size to slide down into the box and the athleticism to rush off the edge. On the offensive side of the ball, Miranda flashed a good set of hands in the Pylon 7on7 national championships last weekend, beating linebackers for position to go up for the football.
Hawaii became the first program to offer but Miranda surely isn't done on the recruiting front as the spring evaluation period steadily approaches.
"I talked to the outside linebackers coach at Hawaii, coach Sean Duggan, and he was asking me about my day and how my grades were," Miranda said. "He asked me if I had any offers and I told him none yet, and he was like, 'I'd like to offer you your first offer.'
"It was just an emotional moment for me. They like me at outside linebacker but they could re-evaluate my offer for offense."
The Warriors signed former Saguaro teammate Donovan Dalton last month and Miranda said he has been hearing the recruiting pitch for some time.
"He's a really cool teammate and he always told me about Hawaii when he committed," Miranda said. "He told me that's where he wanted me to go and how we should be there together."
Miranda was credited with 19 receptions for 336 yards and five touchdowns as a junior last season, and he added three interceptions on the defense.