Hawaiian 8th-grade QB Sol-Jay Maiava lands Michigan offer

Hawaiian 8th-grade QB Sol-Jay Maiava lands Michigan offer


Hawaiian 8th-grade QB Sol-Jay Maiava lands Michigan offer


Football coach Jim Harbaugh missed Michigan’s first trip to the Pacific at the start of June, but he’s making an impact during the second swing through.

As a few Michigan coaches ran satellite and youth camps the past few days in Hawaii, the Wolverines offered a scholarship to 2020 quarterback prospect Sol-Jay Maiava.

Classified as a dual-threat quarterback, Maiava tweeted that it was his first scholarship offer. Given that passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch isn’t on the trip — he tweeted a photo of himself hosting Michigan quarterbacks and receivers at his house last night — this appears to be a Harbaugh decision.

According to youth1.com, Maiava is 6-feet-1 and 180 pounds and will attend Hawaii’s Kahuku High this fall. Michigan has offered eighth-graders before, but not often. Last year, the Wolverines were among the first to offer 2019 linebacker Owen Pappoe.

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A tweet this week from a reporter at youth1.com showed Michigan player personnel director Tony Tuioti alongside Maiava and Harbaugh, who was wearing a Mmichigan/Hawaii shirt on which the “M” began the word “mahalo,” which means “thank you” in Hawaii.

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Known for his development of quarterbacks, this was an interesting long-range offer by Harbaugh. Michigan has a commitment from 2017’s No. 1 quarterback, Dylan McCaffrey, but QBs in the later recruiting classes have yet to make their decisions.

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