Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial athlete Chris Paz impressed scouts as a junior with his size and versatility, earning a three-star ranking - but his recruitment has now started picking up with signing day approaching. Washington State has offered him a spot on the team and he’ll be officially visiting Hawaii this weekend. The Rainbow Warriors have not offered yet, but it could come on his trip.
“Hawaii recently started talking to me and I’ll be going on an official visit this weekend,” Paz said. “They haven't officially offered me, but I think that’s why they are bring me on this official visit. They’ve been asking me if I would like to commit and things like that, would Hawaii be my top choice.”
Paz finished his senior year with 57 catches for over 1,000 yards and finished his high school career as his school’s career receiving record holder. He was first projected as a receiver at the next level, but he expanded his game on the defensive side of the ball as well. That’s where UH plans to recruit him to.
“They like me at the safety/outside linebacker position due to my size and physicality,” Paz said of Hawaii. “This year I was getting acclimated to the safety/linebacker position, it went well. I love being a ballhawk and tackling. It’s something new for me and something I love to play.
“(Washington State) likes me at receiver. If need be, they would put me at safety because they like me there as well.”
Paz plans to make his decision shortly after his visit to Hawaii. He’s excited about the opportunity to visit and possibly play on the Islands.
“I find it as a great experience,” Paz said. “I can go somewhere else and get out of California to experience something else other than what’s here. You only get this chance once. And it’s Hawaii, you can’t really go wrong with it. It’s a great location, great weather, all-around. They are rebuilding and it would be awesome to be a part of it.”
UH Linebacker Coach Sean Duggan has been his primary recruiter. Paz will hear from Duggan about what the UH defense will offer and how he will fit in this weekend, among the other festivities.
“I’m very excited, I mean it’s Hawaii,” Paz said. “Friday will be a day to check out the school and Saturday they just told me to bring my bathing suit. Sometime after that visit I’ll be deciding where I’ll be going.”