The Mountain West has its attention on a quarterback who was spotlighted in Hawaii last weekend.
San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty High School standout Phillip Tran participated in the JPS Paradise Football Classic, representing the Northern California team. Tran and his team split two games over three days.
While he was there for the experience, he also made time for an unofficial visit to Hawaii. The Rainbow Warriors, along with Nevada and San Jose State, have expressed interest as their quarterback recruiting boards shake out before signing day.
“I was here and I thought if I’m in Hawaii I should try to spend a day to visit Hawaii,” Tran told WarriorSportsNetwork.com. “The recruiting coach in my area, I’ve been in touch with him. I asked if I can come out to visit. They said yes and I got a tour of the campus, locker room and facilities, academics.
"It’s a beautiful campus. I love how it's a laid back campus, not too flashy. It was a pretty big campus too. We walked around everywhere and I definitely felt the humidity.”
If Hawaii extends an offer, Tran wouldn’t have a problem moving to the Islands. In fact, his parents were highschool sweethearts coming from McKinley in Honolulu.
“It definitely could be an option for me,” Tran said. “My parents grew up here and they went to high school here. It depends on how interested they are in me and if they need a quarterback.”
Tran also has a familiar friend on the UH team. Bay Area quarterback Dru Brown who earned the starting job at UH last season had trained with Tran previously under the same quarterbacks coach.
A Hawaii connection has also been keeping tabs on him in Reno. Former Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang is recruiting Tran for the Nevada staff.
“At Nevada, I’ve been talking to Coach Timmy Chang,” Tran said. “He just got the coaching job there. Both of us coming from an Asian background, we’ve been talking here or there, keeping in touch… I’m trying to set up a visit there as well soon.”
Tran had 2,524 total yards and 25 total touchdowns as a senior.null