Hawaii has already had its quarterback recruitment settled in its 2016 class with the commitment of McKinzie Milton, but now the Rainbow Warriors are looking toward a signal caller for the 2017 class.
Kaymen Cureton of Los Angeles High School (Calif.) is one such target. Hawaii has kept in contact with Cureton early in the process.
“I’ve been speaking with Hawaii heavily” Cureton added. “I’ve gotten written letters and I’ve been talking to coach Abe daily and different coaches, the quarterback coach as well. They told me they were going to wait and see... they may be close to offering me.”
Many schools take the approach of offering one quarterback at a time and then going down their board if they miss on a recruit. UH currently has one 2017 offer out - to Tua Tagovailoa, a four-star recruit at St. Louis High School in Honolulu. Saying it would be tough to keep Tagovailoa in the home state would be an understatement as he already holds offers from the likes of USC, UCLA, Ole Miss and Nebraska among others.
Cureton may be the next man up on Hawaii’s board. Defensive backs coach Abe Elimimian - also a native of Southern California - has served as his primary recruiter. Cureton said he has a good relationship with the UH coach.
“He’s pretty cool,” Cureton said of Elimimian. “He responds everyday. Sometimes I just hit him up to see what’s going on and he responds every time. It’s pretty cool.”
Cureton currently holds one offer so far, from San Jose State. Based on his recruitment and other reports, the Mountain West rival holds the three-star quarterback as their top target for the 2017 class. He has also been talking to Duke and Notre Dame and has recently heard from Purdue and Washington.
The Southern California prospect is interested in Hawaii as he does have family on the islands. He may be unofficially visiting UH later this year.
“I’m actually going to Hawaii in December,” Cureton said. “Hopefully we’ll be playing in the championship, but if not I’ll be with my aunt going to her house up there. It’s in Honolulu, she just bought it recently.”
The 2017 recruit has considered making an early decision and is focused on quality of offers rather than quantity. The group of schools that ha reached out to Cureton early in the process are in good standing if that is the case.
“I’m not really a big numbers guy,” Cureton said. “I don’t need a lot of offers, I just want quality offers from schools that want me. If I get a couple and I feel like I got a couple choices and talk to the coaches to see what they have, it’ll probably be before my senior season honestly.”
Cureton said his play especially fits a pro-style scheme and he hopes to play at a program and in an offense that can develop and prepare him for the next level.