San Jose State is on the short list of an offensive lineman all the way from Hawaii. Mikey Minihan, a 6-foot-3 and 285-pound offensive lineman from Honolulu (Hawaii) was not born and raised on the islands, however. Hawaii is just one of the many stops he has made throughout his childhood. One of those stops was also near the Bay Area. As a military child, he has lived in 10 different locations, but has been in Hawaii since his freshman year of high school.
“My dad is in the military," Minihan said. "I’ve moved around my entire life. Hawaii is the tenth place I have lived. I’ve lived all around the country and have been to a lot of places, but I live in Hawaii now. We moved here right before my freshman year.”
The offensive lineman is up to six offer so far and SJSU ranks as one of his favorites so far.
“I think they are definitely near the top of the list," Minihan said. "I have a lot of really good schools who have offered me. San Jose State has a really good business program, one of the top in the country, which is something I’m looking to major in. They play in the Mountain West Conference, so I would get to come back to Hawaii every other year. They have a lot to offer and they are in a great area."
San Jose State Linebackers Coach Arnold Ale has been his primary recruiter, Minihan explained.
“He came to watch me practice and about a month later they decided to offer me," Minihan said. "I was very excited about the offer. It’s a great school academically. It’s in a great part of the country. And obviously they have a really good football program so I was excited about that... It’s been going good. I’ve been talking to the o-line coach and the head coach too. I think we have a good relationship.”
With location a non-factor, academics is near the top of his list and San Jose State’s business program makes them a contender.
“I want a good academic program and good football. I’ll probably get redshirted my freshman year, but I would love the opportunity to play early on. I definitely want a coaching staff I can talk to, people who understand me and who I can connect with.”
Minihan projects as a guard or a center. He likes the guard position, but feels at his size that he needs to work on his talents at center for the next level.
"I think I’m pretty good at guard," Minihan said. "I think I could get a lot better at center for college. That being said, I think I’m good at run blocking. My hand placement and replacement and snapping needs some work."