Hawaii targeting Mater Dei cornerback Quentin Lake

Hawaii looks to add another talented defensive back from Southern California in Quentin Lake.

Hawaii has offered Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker Faavae Faavae, but more recently a teammate at his school also caught the attention of the UH staff. In mid-February, Quentin Lake was highlighted by Scout.com’s Greg Biggins as one of the top corners in the West despite not having any offers - Now Hawaii is one of three to make the offer recently.

“I was really excited - They came in rapid succession,” Lake said.

Each of the three Mountain West schools who offered have piqued his interest in its own way. Nevada was the first offer and San Jose State has emphasized its academics. The idea of playing in Hawaii has certainly been a draw for him early due to its location.

“The last offer was from Hawaii,” Lake said. “I was excited because their area is kind of vacationy. It would be a cool experience to go there.”

UH Defensive Backs Coach Abe Elimimian has had success recruiting defensive backs in Southern California so far, but Defensive Coordinator Kevin Lempa is spearheading Lake’s recruitment. The offer from Lempa came as a surprise to Lake.

“I had no previous contact with him,” Lake explained. “He sent me a message through twitter and he asked me to call him. I called him and he gave me a talk and then offered me a scholarship. I was excited because I know one of my buddies from my school also received a scholarship from them too and he said good things about them so I was excited they were giving me a scholarship as well.”

Lake is also hearing from Power-5 schools including Oregon State, Pittsburgh, UCLA and Washington State. His father, Carnell Lake, played at UCLA, but went onto the Pittsburgh Steelers where he currently serves as an assistant coach.

“The biggest contact I’ve been getting is with Pitt,” Lake said. “They want me to come out there and I said I’d probably come out for the spring game if possible. I was pretty excited about that. My dad is actually over there now so it would be an awesome opportunity. He coaches for the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Lake is hopeful to land his first Pac-12 offer soon. He has tentative unofficial visits to Pitt, Utah, UNLV and Washington State lined up this offseason.

“I’m big, I can cover, Lake said. “I can say I’m equal between press and off, it doesn’t really matter. I’m physical, quick, I have good hands, and have a good football IQ.”

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