For many Under Armour All-Americans, a trip to Orlando in January will be a welcome climate change from the winter. For the game’s lone Hawaiian, that might not be the case.
“I’m just happy that I get to be part of it and go to the East Coast,” said Michael Eletise, a guard from Kaiser High. “I’ve never been to the East Coast.”
Eletise, ranked as the No. 8 guard in the nation by ESPN, received his honorary jersey Wednesday during the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“I wanted to pick the one where I would have most fun and that was Under Armour,” Eletise said. “Looking at the roster and seeing some of the d-linemen and the linebackers, they are some of the best in the country. If I wanted to test myself, I might as well play the best.”
Eletise joked that his high school coaches say he plays “like a robot.”
“I do the same thing every single play,” he said. “It’s repetition that’s important for me. When I get mad, it’s a different story, but I usually take my time and try to figure out what my opponent is going to do.”
Eletise, an Arizona commit, was born in California and his family moved to Hawaii when he was in fifth grade.
“My mom went to the high school that I go to and she wanted to raise us here,” he said. “She found a job and then my dad found a job here.”
He recently had his home visit with coach Rich Rodriguez and tight ends/special teams coach Charlie Ragle and will take an official visit to campus. He visited unofficially when he spent time over the summer with his sister who lives in Arizona.
“That’s the only visit I’m going to take. I’m done. My home visits was really good and I’m excited to go on my official visit,” he said. “They have a great academic program. It reminds me of living in the desert in California. It’s nice and warm and the coaches remind me of the coaches I have. They’re all about the players and I can trust them.”