Hawaii WR verbal likes WSU and Big Joe

A RECENT TRIP WEST proved to be a successful one for Hawaiian wide receiver Kalakaua Timoteo. His performance at the Nike Regional Camp in Oakland on May 17 earned him MVP honors. And shortly after his showing, it also landed the Hawaii verbal commit an offer from Washington State.

Timoteo committed to Hawaii back in December, but his MVP-performance at the Nike Regional Camp is already boosting his recruitment. Since his big day, Timoteo (pictured above) has heard from WSU, Cal, Washington, Nevada and others.

However, the Cougs were the first new program to send a scholarship his way, offering the 6-2, 190-pounder just hours after the Nike Camp.

“I spoke with Coach Joe Salave’a on the phone,” Timoteo said. “He told me about the system and how they’re a pass-first team. They’re not looking for receivers to come in and just block. They want guys that can run, catch the ball and score touchdowns. I like the system they run a lot.”

AS HAS BEEN the case since he arrived to the Palouse, Salave’a’s popularity on the Hawaiian islands could be big for the Cougs with Timoteo’s recruitment. The two have been in contact for a little over a month and already have a strong relationship going.

“I don’t know how to describe it really, but Coach Joe feels like an uncle figure to me already,” Timoteo said. “Here on the islands, we’re respectful to our elders and he’s a really good guy.

“He told me that Washington State is a great place for receivers because of the opportunities they have. Coach Joe covers the islands and he’s the one that comes out to talk to the coaches and players. I enjoy speaking with him.”

Timoteo added that he’s got high interest in WSU right now.

“I was really excited to hear about the stats they had,” he said. “Their offense is pass-first, which is great to hear as a receiver. It’s a wide receiver’s dream to catch the ball and score a lot of touchdowns rather than block.”

DESPITE HIS EARLIER PLEDGE to Hawaii, Timoteo said he’s currently keeping his options open and is planning on taking some visits to other programs.

“If I have the opportunity to go to the mainland, that’s something I’m definitely going to have to consider,” Timoteo said.

As a junior for Miliani High last season, Timoteo hauled in 56 receptions for 1,056 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged over 18 yards per catch.

HERE ARE SOME more recruiting notes for you:

• In case you missed it over the weekend, WSU landed a verbal commit from 2015 wide receiver Tavares Martin. Martin, who checks in at 6-2, 170, committed to West Virginia earlier in his recruitment and had more than 20 offers. WVU dropped him due to a 2014 arrest. That matter was cleared up with the WSU coaches during his official visit.

• The Cougs extended a scholarship offer to 2017 El Cerrito, Calif., offensive tackle Aaron Banks on Saturday. The 6-6, 305-pounder also holds offers from Cal, Oregon State and Sacramento State.

• Last Thursday, WSU also extended an offer to Canadian wide receiver Chase Claypool. The 6-5, 215-pounder also holds offers from Arizona, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Rutgers, Washington and others.

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