Two of the Fresno State coaching staff’s most welcome surprises on the roster they inherited were the two Hawaiian freshman - linebacker Tainoa Foster and offensive lineman Netane Muti. Fresno State assistant coach Scott Thompson was on the Islands to find the next underrated prospect from the Islands.
One of those recruits was Waianae linebacker Kana’i Mauga. Mauga has 10 offers, primarily from the Mountain West, along with Washington State and Vanderbilt.
As for his impression on Fresno State, Mauga said, “It was a good recruitment, they came to my school. I did a few drills with them. It was kind of nerve wracking because it was out of the blue.”
Speaking of Tainoa Foster, Mauga recently caught up with Foster over this offseason. Foster is reportedly spreading good words on the Islands about the new staff and playing in Fresno.
“I like their improvement on their game - they got tougher and stronger,” Mauga said of the change at Fresno State so far. “It’s been a good transition from them. Tainoa Foster - he just recently came back down and was talking to some of the kids at our high school. He said he loves it and that there’s a lot of competition there.”
Mauga has 10 offers and hasn’t decided on any favorites as of this point. After recently being named a four-star recruit, he appears to be trending towards big-time offers. Of his game, the Scout recruiting team wrote, “Mauga plays like his hair is on fire and is among the most intense athletes we've seen this year. Mauga has very good film and looks even better in person. Look for his list to expand”
Said Mauga, “I’m not a person to single out any schools, but if I were to choose it would be hard. I’m not too sure yet.”