Rivers going with flow,
no rush to choose
By Paul Honda
Saturday, July 20, 2002
HONOLULU – The door is wide open, Jason Rivers says.
Rivers, the top wide receiver prospect in Hawaii, refused to rule out any school as a potential destination during a brief interview with RSN Friday afternoon.
The 6-2 senior, who also excels in basketball and sprints, indicated that he is very open to leaving the islands to pursue his college dream.
With an older brother, Frank, playing for the University of Hawaii, and a family strongly encouraging him to stay home and play for the Warriors, it would be an easy ‘yes' for the Saint Louis High School standout. However, Rivers said that he is keeping his options open, and if a college were to allow him to play football and basketball, it would be a definite plus factor.
Still, he knows where his strengths are. "Football is my ticket," he said.
Rivers admitted a smidgeon of island fever despite the pull from family.
Saint Louis has long operated a Run & Shoot offense, installed years ago by former head coach Cal Lee and assistant Ron Lee. The latter is now wide receivers coach at Hawaii, which adopted the Run & Shoot in 1999 when June Jones took the helm.
Former Radford unknown Ashley Lelie walked on at UH, and under the tutelage of Jones and his staff, became a first-round selection of the Denver Broncos this year.
Rivers ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at the Hawaii Sports Network Football Combine Friday at Saint Louis' football field.