Kahlef Hailassie (Brandon Huffman)

Three-Star wide receiver discusses Hawaii offer

Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oak High School athlete Kahlef Hailassie updates his recruitment.


In California, it was past three-star recruit Kahlef Hailassie’s bed time, but he was glad to be awake when he received a call from Hawaii. The UH staff was the first of six Mountain West schools to offer the Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oak High School athlete.

“They called me around 10 o’clock - It was late, I was supposed to be in bed by then,” Hailassie said. “I was really happy, especially because it was my first offer. That coach (Hynson) is from out here in the Bay so he’s pretty cool.”

“I was excited, I was jumping up and down because it was my first offer.”

Hailassie said that he and Hynson keep in contact over calls and messages. Hailassie is being recruited by most schools as a two-way athlete with the ability to play receiver or defensive back. Hawaii, however, wants him at receiver.

“I feel like I’m really athletic,” Hailassie said. “I can play offense and defense, that’s really what I’m getting recruited for. I can play offense and defense so I’m an athlete.”

He wouldn’t say if he has any favorites at the moment. Hailassie plans to ride out the process and take his official visits before coming to a decision. He still has more to learn about UH. Of a possible visit, he said, “I don’t know yet - it would be nice though.”

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