Vanderbilt has made the Hawaiian Islands a place of importance with their football recruiting. 2018 appears to be no different as they have already tossed out offers to several rising prospects.
Waianae (HI) linebacker Kana'i Mauga is an up and coming recruit who has seen a spike with offers over the past few weeks, including one from the Commodores. Mauga admits to not knowing a whole lot about Vanderbilt but does appreciate the offer and the consistent attention he receives from their staff.
"I was surprised when I received the offer from Vanderbilt. I have heard of their program, especially since they have been out this way recruiting a lot more but I don't know too much about them. I do like their approach with me. They are consistent in recruiting me and seem very excited about my talents. They already make me feel wanted and I appreciate that a lot," Mauga said.
Along with the Commodores, Mauga has also received offers thus far from California, Hawaii, Oregon State and Washington State.
Several others programs are interested, including the majority of the Pac 12 conference. Mauga is from the west coast but admits that remaining close to home is not as big a deal as some may think coming from the Hawaiian Islands.
"I am honestly open to any and all schools, from all across the country," he said. "Yea it would be nice playing close to home but it's not a deal breaker. I just want to find the best place for me and the place I feel the most comfortable being at."
Mauga wants to make his way to Nashville at some point to visit but is unsure right now as to when that will be,
"Vanderbilt is a school I do want to visit and I would like to get out there sooner than later," said Mauga. "I like the coaching staff and I like that their program is in the SEC. I want to get out there, so I can learn a lot more about their program and if they would be a fit for me."
Timeline for a commitment is slow. Mauga is in no rush to make a decision and see's no reason to make a choice anytime soon.
"I don't have any favorites right now or am I thinking about committing to anyone," he said."I have a long way to go before I have to decide, so I will do everything I need to about making the absolute best decision I can."