Hoskins, a two-star San Ramon (Calif.) Dougherty Valley athlete told the Rainbow Warrior coaching staff on Sept. 16 that he was pledging to UH.
“I called them up and they were excited to hear,” Hoskins said. “I called coach and told him, ‘I can finally call myself a Rainbow Warrior.’ He said, ‘Is this your commitment?’ I said ‘yes.’”
Hoskins got on the recruiting radar as a receiver, but he has been recruited by Hawaii as a defensive back. At over 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, his height will make him a tough matchup for opponents at the next level.
“They say they like me on both sides of the ball, but they really want me at cornerback," Hoskins said. "Nowadays, they have tall receivers about my height. I can use my height to my advantage because if they try to throw up the ball it’s going to be a good match-up. I’m a physical corner, so I’m not just going to let someone get off the line on me.”
Hawaii is currently Hoskins’s only active offer, but he has heard from several schools including Boise State, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon State, San Jose State, Utah and Utah State.
Offensive line assistant Chis Naeole has been his primary recruiter through a connection with his high school coach.
“They offered me about three months ago,” Hoskins said. “My coach showed them my film and they said they wanted to offer me on the spot. I talked with my parents, I talked to my coaches, I talked to my grandpa - they all felt like Hawaii was a good fit for me because they have a good program. I’m just waiting to take an official visit so I can see how it really is out there on the islands.”
The California native is ready to make the move to the islands after his senior year, though it took some convincing of his family.
“I feel comfortable, but you know parents, they want you to stay close to home,” Hoskins said. “I convinced them and told them, ‘hey, this could be a big deal for me.’ They were behind me 100 percent on whatever I chose.”
“Lots of people who have visited Hawaii have told me it’s a nice place, like paradise. I actually don’t know what I want to major in so going there would be a good place to figure out what I would like to major in.”
Hoskins wants to take an official visit to seal the deal, but he is yet to schedule the trip. He may also take other official visits, but remains firm in his commitment to Hawaii.