Honolulu (Hawaii) Kaiser offensive lineman Michael Eletise (6-3.5, 307) has over 40 offers and is one of the most heavily pursued players Hawaii has produced in years.
The four-star is the No. 1 ranked guard in the West and one of the top guards nationally.
He broke down his top ten.
Arizona: “I went to their campus, saw their coaches and really liked them. One of my coaches knows the coach from Arizona and he tells me about that coach and he trusts him. I have friends who went there and I like the people there and the facilities. Coach Charlie Ragle is recruiting me.”
Arizona State: “My sister lives by Arizona State. When I went there I met Coach Chris Thomsen and I really like him. I have friends who go there and some friends who played football and they told me about Coach Thomsen and I trust them and like the coaches there.”
California: “I talk to Coach Brandon Jones a lot and he’s a really good guy. I met him this weekend at Maximum Exposure and he came down and saw us and it was a good experience getting coached by him.”
LSU: “I’ve talked to a lot of these coaches for a longer time and when LSU offered me I put them in my top ten. I liked LSU a lot before I even got the offer. I felt really lucky to get the offer, because I’ve liked LSU for a long time and to get the offer from them was a big deal. Coach Jeff Grimes is recruiting me.”
Nebraska: “Coach Cav (Mike Cavanaugh), the O-Line coach, his son used to work out with me in Hawaii so before I knew he was ‘Coach Cav’, I knew his son, because we worked out together and he’s a good friend of mine. My coach that I train with told me about Coach Cav and he’s a good guy and he really respects Coach Cav and that’s why I like Nebraska. Me and Coach Cav have a great relationship.”
Ole Miss: I like the coach I’ve been talking to, Coach Ben Aigamaua. His brother came down helped with our defensive line and I felt really good about him. I really like Coach Ben, he’s a good coach too. I talk to him a lot, he’s Polynesian, so he gets everything I do.
Oregon State: “I really like their facilities and the surrounding area, I feel like I could spend four years there. I like Coach T.J. Woods and the head coach, Gary Andersen, and I like a lot of the people there. My cousin, Elu Aydon, is going to Oregon State, that’s a big consideration and that’s going to be big for me.”
UCLA: “Before I started getting offers, I didn’t know much about UCLA, because I was a USC fan. But then UCLA came by and I really started to like them. I really like Coach (Jim) Mora and I like Coach (Adrian) Klemm when I met him out there. I’ve been talking to Coach Blake (Bentz). He’s built a really good relationship with me. And the surrounding area, I wouldn’t mind living there for four years.”
Washington: “I really like Seattle and everyone was friendly and I got a good vibe there. I really got along with Coach (Chris) Petersen and Coach (Chris) Strausser and even the people who were just taking us around the campus. They took us around and showed us the academic buildings and what the academic steps would be. Coach Pete gave us a talk on the moral standards and I thought that was really something. It’s a great program there.”
With a top ten, Eletise has another step coming up.
“My next step is to narrow it down to a top five,” said Eletise. “My parents want it down to a top five by The Opening. I’m doing a lot of research and every school that I have is a really good school.”
Eletise doesn’t see a decision coming for quite some time.
“It could be at the Under Armour All-America Game or it could be Signing Day or any day in between,” said Eletise.