Meet Hawaii's new starting QB, Dru Brown

WSN interviewed Dru Brown immediately after he committed to Hawaii in June. Learn more about the team's new starting quarterback from our previous interview with Brown from June:

The following interview and story was made in June of this year, after Brown's commitment:

Hawaii will have another quarterback competing for the starting job this fall. College of San Mateo QB Dru Brown gave his commitment to the program after returning home from his visit to UH.

“I just went on my visit and had a really good time with the coaches,” Brown explained. “I felt like it was a good spot for me. It felt a lot like home. It was a very similar feeling as when I visited College of San Mateo. That’s why I picked Hawaii. It felt like home and since the coaches seem to really care about me and the team… I talked it over with my family and my coaches at my junior college and felt like it was a good fit.”

Brown describes himself as a dual-threat quarterback. He has played in two offenses that land on opposite ends of the schematic spectrum - a pro-style offense in high school and a veer offense as a freshman in junior college. His JC offense actually transitioned into a pistol offense this spring.

As a freshman in junior college, Brown had 1,900 yards with 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions, with six more touchdowns and 188 yards on the ground.

“I would be considered a dual-threat guy, but I prefer to stay in the pocket and make my reads,” Brown said. “If I have to scramble I’m alright doing that, and if I have to run the zone-read I’m okay doing that too.”

Brown is set to enroll at UH this summer and make his case in the quarterback competition.

“I know they have a few good quarterbacks right now,” Brown said. “I’m just going to go in and compete and hopefully get the job, but I know there’s some good quarterbacks there.”

His recruiting journey lasted multiple years, but came to a quick close with Hawaii being his college destination.

At Los Gatos High School, Bown had to wait his turn behind another Division-I bound QB, Nick Bawden. After starting just his senior year Brown earned preferred walk-on offers to Nevada and Washington State. He opted to go the junior college route to earn a scholarship. After one year at CSM, signing day came and went without a scholarship offer. However, he started hearing interest from UH.

“I had known coach Rolovich since he was at Nevada,” Brown said. “I camped with Nevada and he remembered me and was keeping up with me through my first year of junior college.”

Rolovich reached out to Brown when he first got the UH job, but wanted to assess his team in the spring before deciding on a junior college quarterback. Brown started receiving interest from Toledo and had Oregon State and Washington State watch him practice, but UH offered him his first Division-I scholarship on May 25. Brown took the last week to decide whether to go to Hawaii or improve his stock in the junior college ranks as a sophomore.

“I felt the opportunity was there at Hawaii and it’s what I’ve been working for since I was nine,” Brown said. “I figure I should take the opportunity and run with it… I also liked the tight-knit community; everybody loves the football program there. How excited the players and the coaches are to get after it, I just want to be a part of it.

“I’m pretty excited. It’s been a dream of mine since I was nine. It’s nice to know I’ll get my shot to play Division-I football.”

Brown’s relationship with Rolovich made it easy to get comfortable with the UH staff.

“I think Coach Rolo is an awesome person,” Brown said. “I think he is honest and very transparent. He’s a good guy and I felt like he would give me a shot. I’m very appreciative of that. Hopefully we can help turn the program around. Not only me but the whole team and the whole coaching staff. It’s a great opportunity.”

And Brown remembers how successful the program was not too long ago, as he grew up watching the teams.

“I remember when they were really good with Colt Brennen,” Brown said. “I remember growing up watching him. That was really cool being recruited by a team whose quarterback I grew up watching.”

Now Brown will gear up to enroll this summer and have four years to play three starting this fall.

“I think the move, it will be different than I’m used to, but I’m open to new cultures and when I visited the people were really nice and welcoming,” Brown said. “I saw the campus and it was cool. I was just sold on the fact that it was a good fit for me and I’m excited for the opportunity.”

Hawaii also announced the signing of 2016 defensive lineman Alesana Sunia on the same day:

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