Wahiawa (Hawaii) Leilehua lineman Netane Muti confirmed with BarkBoard.com that he will not be attending the school he signed his Letter of Intent to. Instead, he will be playing at Fresno State this fall.
The change occurred after Muti believed that he was not admitted to Hawaii due to a test score. Muti also expressed a lack of communication prior to learning the news.
“I got a letter from the school saying I wasn’t admitted to the University of Hawaii,” Muti explained. “After me and my parents saw that, we started changing our minds.”
According to Muti, there was a reapplication process to get to UH, but it was not guaranteed. Due to the situation, Muti asked for a release from his letter of intent. He sent an application to the NCAA that had to be signed by Hawaii Head Coach Nick Rolovich within 30 days, Muti said.
“They told me that the rules were if you weren’t admitted to the school, you could change schools without sitting out for a year,” Muti said. “(Rolovich) released me and then Fresno State offered me and I took it.”
Muti had been offered by Fresno State before signing day and he had taken a visit there during the recruiting process, but ultimately decided on Hawaii to sign with. He also had an offer to Azusa Pacific.
“(Fresno State’s facilities) were nicer than Hawaii’s, but I felt I could be a part of Hawaii because I wanted to be a part of Pride Rock and everything,” Muti said. “But I guess it didn’t work out so now I’m headed to Fresno.”
Muti was recruited to Fresno State by the Bulldogs’ Director of Player Personnel, Jimmy Morimoto, who spent 15 years on the coaching staff at H.P. Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Hawaii.
Muti left his home state for Fresno State ealier today. He will actually be roommates with fellow Hawaii recruit, Tainoa Foster.
“He told me that we’re going to have each other’s backs when we go there, that we’re going to do it big and we’re going to try our best,” Muti said.
Muti can play either offensive or defensive line. Both Hawaii and Fresno State weren’t exactly sure where to peg him, though depth will likely dictate his position. At Hawaii, he was projected to play as a defensive tackle, but Fresno State projects him as an offensive lineman.
“I was recruited as an o-lineman, but I think they are still thinking about it,” Muti said. “They will see when I get there.”