Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial athlete Cole Beaty has Hawaii ties

Beaty is considering Hawaii after recent offer.

Recruiting is picking up for Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial athlete Cole Beaty who has gone from zero offers to seven in the last two months - including one from Hawaii.

Hawaii has been aggressive in offering recruits, but has been more particular when it comes to receivers - one of Beaty’s positions.

“I was sitting in class when one of the coaches messaged me on twitter,” Beaty said. “He said, 'Hey, we’re watching receiver film today, we’ll keep you posted.' 20 minutes later coach Hynson contacted me… He said he liked me and he wanted to get me offered but he wasn’t sure if they were. We got on the phone later that day, he asked me some questions and then he pulled the trigger. I couldn’t stop smiling.”

Beaty vacationed in Hawaii about seven times when he was younger, he said, particularly because he has family on the Islands. The connection has Hawaii in high standings with Beaty going forward.

“Hawaii is definitely something that I’m going to consider down to my last minutes, whether I decide to commit somewhere soon or wait to out,” Beaty said. “I have family that lived on Oahu. We also had a timeshare there and we would stay for a week and visit family.

“When I was seven or eight, we went to a Hawaii spring game. I got to see the campus and meet the coaches. Having family over there makes it even cooler. They are on the Big Island now, but they are close enough to where If I needed anything I won’t have to have my parents fly from the mainland.”

Beaty is familiar with Hawaii and Mountain West football, coming from Bakersfield. His other offers include Nevada and Air Force from the conference. His brother-in-law, Michael Martens, is a receiver at Fresno State who transferred from Azusa Pacific. He also trains with Carr Elite Training Academy, which was started by former Fresno State quarterbacks David and Derek Carr.

“I do believe that they are on the upcoming,” Beaty said of Hawaii. “In recent years, they haven’t been too good. I don’t know how badly that’s hurt recruiting, but I have noticed that this year compared to recent years they have been giving out a lot more offers to more big name players in the Central Valley and beyond. From what I’ve heard about the coaching staff, in the long run I think they’re going to be competing for Mountain West Championships sooner rather than later.”

Beaty also holds offers from Eastern Washington, Idaho, Northern Colorado and Weber State.

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