As a big college football fan, it is not unusual for Las Vegas (Nevada) Faith Lutheran High School receiver Elijah Kothe to stay up late and watch the Hawaii Saturday nightcaps. Now the 6-foot-4 athlete recently landed an offer from the UH staff to play in those games himself.
Hawaii joined San Diego State, UNLV, Cornell and Princeton as his fifth offer to date. Oregon State, Stanford, Utah, Washington, Navy and several other Mountain West schools have also shown interest.
“I was ecstatic to get the Hawaii offer,” Kothe said. “I was really pumped up. We actually had a game in Hawaii last year for football. We played Kaimuki High School and I was able to play in Aloha Stadium. It was just a great atmosphere and playing there, I had a ton of fun. I’ve been to Hawaii a few times and I’ve been to the bookstore. I love the vibe. I mean, you can’t really beat Hawaii. It’s really nice.”
Hawaii’s coaching staff has been able to spot out high school football’s next-level mainland talent who have been to Hawaii on their own time. The experience will give UH an edge in Kothe’s recruitment as well.
Hawaii staffers also paid him a visit last offseason for a sit-down conversation and will likely do the same this spring.
“I’m definitely considering all options, but having the background of being in Hawaii is huge,” Kothe said. “You get used to the time change. It’s different there, but it’s nice.
“When I was in Hawaii I actually got the chance to surf. It was a lot of fun. I’ve been to Hawaii a few times with my friend. The first time they took me out to the North Shore. Those waves were killing me and they were eating me up. The second day they took me to Kaisers and I was able to get up. I’ve been good ever since then.”
When he’s not on the water, Kothe is an impressive athlete on turf as well. The 6-foot-4 receiver landed a three-star rating by Scout and earned a spot on Scout’s list of top receivers in the West to watch for the 2018 class.
“I’m a big receiver,” Kothe said. “I like to go get the high balls, the 50-50 balls. I also like running the post and a bunch of routes… My height gives me an advantage because there aren’t many big corners out there. I don’t see many corners that are like 6-foot-4. I think it’s an advantage to get the jump balls. When you have a bigger frame it gives you a bigger catching radius. I think that helps too. I’m blessed.”