James Kamoku Confirms Commitment

Badger Nation subscribers knew before Christmas that James Kamoku had committed to Wisconsin. The Badgers have now officially offered a full-ride scholarship to the Hawaii native, which was up in the air prior to last weekend.

Kailua-Kona (Hawaii) Kealakehe linebacker James Kamoku gave an oral commitment to accept a scholarship offer from Wisconsin Sunday, Jason Kaneshiro of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported.

Kealakehe coach Sam Papalii said Kamoku is the first player from the Kailua-Kona school to receive a football scholarship from a program the stature of Wisconsin. "It's pretty unbelievable that a neighbor island kid would have the opportunity for a football scholarship to a Big Ten power like Wisconsin," Papalii told the Star-Bulletin. "This is big time. I don't know if people on this island can grasp that at this time because I don't think it's ever really happened."

The Badgers are looking for Kamoku to compete at safety. Wisconsin started recruiting Kamoku based on tapes Papalii sent to Badgers coaches. Papalii worked with Wisconsin assistant Jeff Horton at UNLV when Horton was the head coach of the Rebels. Kamoku visited the Madison, Wisconsin campus last month and was offered a scholarship shortly thereafter. Wisconsin had three Hawaii products on its roster last season: defensive lineman Lyle Maiava (Saint Louis), punter R.J. Morse (Iolani) and offensive lineman Donovan Raiola (Kamehameha).

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