Wahiawa (Hawaii) Leilehua lineman Netane Muti was one of four Hawaiian recruits to stay home and sign with the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on National Signing Day this past February, but Muti confirmed with WarriorSportsNetwork.com yesterday that he will not be attending UH. Instead, he will be playing for Fresno State this fall.
The change occurred after Muti learned he was not admitted to Hawaii due to a test score. Muti also expressed a lack of communication prior to learning the news.
“I got a letter from the school saying I wasn’t admitted to the University of Hawaii,” Muti explained to WSN. “After me and my parents saw that, we started changing our minds.”
According to Muti, there was a reapplication process to get to UH, but it was not guaranteed and would require additional work. Due to the situation, Muti asked for a release from his letter of intent. He sent an application to the NCAA that had to be signed by Hawaii Head Coach Nick Rolovich within 30 days, Muti said.
“They told me that the rules were if you weren’t admitted to the school, you could change schools without sitting out for a year,” Muti said. “(Rolovich) released me and then Fresno State offered me and I took it.”
Muti had been offered by Fresno State before signing day and he had taken a visit there during the recruiting process, but ultimately decided on on signing to Hawaii on Feb. 3.
“(Fresno State’s facilities) were nicer than Hawaii’s, but I felt I could be a part of Hawaii because I wanted to be a part of Pride Rock and everything,” Muti said. “But I guess it didn’t work out so now I’m headed to Fresno.”
Muti was recruited to Fresno State by the Bulldogs’ Director of Player Personnel, Jimmy Morimoto, who spent 15 years on the coaching staff at H.P. Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Hawaii.
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