Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley receiver Rob Funkhouser grew up admiring his family friend Corey Paclebar suit up for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors earlier this decade - now Funkhouser has the opportunity to do the same.
Hawaii receivers coach Kefense Hynson made the jump to offer Funkhouser his first scholarship.
“It was a blessing for sure,” Funkhouser said. “It kind of came out of the blue. He told me to call him and he said he loves what he sees of me on film. Him and all the coaches sat down and he was willing to take a chance on my first offer.”
Hawaii remains his only offer, though Cal Poly, Montana and Montana State have been showing heavy interest for quite some time.
“It means a lot because it really gets everything going and Hawaii has always been a top school for me,” Funkhouser said. “I have family that are from Hawaii, I have a friend who played wide receiver for Hawaii, so it’s always been one of the top schools for me. It was really exciting getting an offer from them.”
The connection between the Paclebars and the Funkhousers is playing a role in Rob’s interest in UH. The fathers of Corey and Rob are friends, Rob said, and the two sons have maintained a friendship.
“I always grew up looking up to him and wrote letters back and forth to him when he was at Hawaii,” Funkhouser said. “He was always a big figure for me so I always looked up to him and wanted to play football in college and Hawaii was one of the places I wanted to play because of him.
“He’s been talking up Hawaii and he wants me to go there. We will see. He said my skillset, that I would fit perfectly into Coach Rolo’s offense. He said Hawaii is an amazing place to go to college and the family atmosphere they have there, the ohana, that it’s real and not just talk.”
Of his skillset, the 5-foot-10 and 160-pound receiver said, “I’m definitely not a big-bodied guy, so I really value my speed. I’m a track sprinter. My speed and my elusiveness and my route running are my better qualities.”
Funkhouser will attempt to put on 10 to 15 pounds this offseason while maintaining his speed. He has almost a year to rack up additional offers, but likes the thought of living aloha and playing warrior.
“I’m honestly already thinking about it,” Funkhouser said. “I’ve been talking to my dad about it. I’ve been to Hawaii, I’ve been to Oahu. I love it down there, that’s my place to be. It would be great to be there in college for sure. It would be a lot of fun and it’s definitely one of my top choices.”