Class of 2020 Kahuku (Haw.) quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava has wasted no time catching the interest of colleges around the country. After just one year of high school football, the 6-foot-1, 170 pound quarterback holds offers from Fresno State, Hawaii, Michigan and Utah.
He was recently at the The Opening: Oakland and was able to take valuable lessons from the experience.
“I'm always critical of myself so I'll never be satisfied even if I did good….I just keep my head down, stay humble and work relentlessly,” Maiava said. “Also the drills were new, but I caught on easily.”
“But I soaked in a lot of coaching tips and advice to use this season. So I'm looking to take a big step this year in my progression as QB and most importantly a leader on the team.”
While in the Bay Area, Maiava and his father visited Stanford. He spent time with Mike Eubanks and sitting down offensive assistant Robbie Picazo.
“We got a chance to (break) down film and they showed me the type of offense they're going to be running and how my skill sets fits in well,” Maiava said.
It’s been a year of growth for the quarterback in his first year of high school football. Maiava feels he is a playmaker who continues to grow thanks to his offensive line who provides “oval office protection.”
“The speed of the game at the varsity high school level has slowed down a lot for me,” Maiava said. “Coming straight to varsity from being in 8th grade and playing youth league football was one of my goals. It was challenging to say the least, but I wanted the challenge. I thought I did a good job eventually getting up to speed.”
The quarterback said him and his father spent a good deal of time with Mike Eubanks going over the academic expectations that come with Stanford. Maiava said he is preparing to take both the SAT and ACT. He currently holds a 3.4 GPA but said a busy travel schedule has caused his GPA to be lower than he would like, but he knows there is room for improvement.
“Being from Hawaii it's hard to get that type of exposure unless (you) are going out of state and competing,” Maiava said. “So it's something I'm learning to overcome when I'm missing some school. My parents are sacrificing a lot so I can't make that an excuse. I just got to get it done and ball in the classroom and on the field.”
Maiava has a busy offseason. He plans to visit Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Auburn. He hopes to also visit South Carolina, Nebraska, Oregon and Oregon State.