Committed Over: No other offers. Interest from: Boise State, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon State, San Jose State, Utah and Utah State.
On Film: Trey Hoskins’s available film doesn’t necessarily show off a lock-down cornerback, but it does show off his exceptional athleticism. From receiver to kick returner to defensive back, he makes plays in all three phases. He shows athletic ability and talent that could translate anywhere the Rainbow Warrior staff wants to put him.
The plan for Hawaii is to have Hoskins play cornerback. Hoskins shows the ability to bring down the jump ball on offense - that could make him ballhawk in the secondary. The athlete shapes to be a player that will probably need some development at the position before being thrust out onto the field as one of the team’s top two corners.
Recruitment Impact: Hoskins doesn’t have any other known offers, but a list of schools ranging from the Big Sky to the Pac-12 suggests that Hoskins was shaping up for some more recruiting competition had he not already committed to UH. He was not high on Scout’s radar as a two-star recruit.
At 6-foot-2, he will give UH a big cornerback to work with in the secondary. Hawaii does have multiple seniors starting in the defensive backfield this year, but it would be a surprise for Hoskins to be an instant impact recruit.
A secondary recruit and a California recruit usually signal an Abe Elimimian assignment, but offensive line coach Chris Naeole was his primary recruiter due to a prior connection. Elimimian, the defensive backs coach, has shown real promise on the recruiting scene, so he must like what he sees to agree with Naeole and keep him on defense rather than offense.
Quotable: “They say they like me on both sides of the ball, but they really want me at cornerback. 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.”
Final Thought: Hoskins doesn’t jump off the charts on the recruiting rankings, but he could turn out to be a steal that Hawaii landed before any other schools got to him. It is yet to bee seen how Elimimian can develop the potential of an athlete like Hoskins or if even a change in coaching staff could shake things up in his commitment, but Hoskins will be one to keep an eye on.