Hawaii pulled off some multitasking during the final week of the 2017 football recruiting cycle.
The Rainbow Warriors were wrapping up their ’17 class, plus got an early jump on 2018 by making a run at Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt quarterback Jeremy Moussa.
The 2018 prospect, who shattered passing records during his junior season at Roosevelt, landed his first scholarship offer on Jan. 30, just two days before Hawaii solidified their 2017 recruiting class.
“It feels great," Moussa said. "I've been waiting for this moment ever since I started playing football at seven and it was a huge goal of mine and it feels great that I finally accomplished it."
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Moussa threw for 4,008 yards, 56 touchdowns and was intercepted just five times for the 10-3 Mustangs. During a six-week stretch from Oct. 14 to Nov. 18, Moussa threw at least five touchdowns in each game.
Moussa said Hawaii quarterback coach and passing game coordinator Craig Stutzman was the one who reached out to him regarding his offer.
“The conversation was great," Moussa said. "We talked about just football in general and the whole recruiting process in general, then he told me that I was going to be the first 2018 quarterback offered by the school."
Past Hawaii teams have been known for unleashing an aerial assault on opponents, which entices Moussa. He’s familiar with the Warriors signal-caller lineage, including record breakers Timmy Chang and Colt Brennan.
“What intrigues me about Hawaii's offense is how they run a very similar offense to my high school team and love to throw the ball, which is a very exciting thing to me,” Moussa said.
Now that the dust settled for the 2017 recruiting period, Moussa knows that he officially has 12 months to make a collegiate decision. He doesn’t plan on committing just yet, and wants to see how things ride out.
“Right now is way too soon in the recruiting process for me,” Moussa said. “It just started picking up for me the last couple months, but I'm going to stay patient to see what eventually will become the best option for me.”