HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One of the nation's most highly-recruited junior college prospects says he plans to redshirt in 2016 in order to maximize his NCAA Division 1 eligibility.
Former Mililani Trojan offensive lineman Jordan Agasiva, a 6'4", 310-pound sophomore at Pima (Arizona) Community College, will have three years to play three seasons of division one football, provided he earn an associate's degree before the fall of 2017.
"I'm gonna redshirt, so I'll be a three-for-three," Agasiva told Hawaii News Now this week. "Just training, doing schoolwork."
The journey to a flagship NCAA program has been long for Agasiva, who initially signed a letter of intent to play with the University of Hawaii. Eligibility issues, however, rerouted him to Arizona, where he was forced to make a bigger commitment to the classroom if he intended to fulfill his division one dreams.
Agasiva says he took 22 credit hours during the spring semester and plans on taking nine more during the summer. Despite being named named first-team All-Conference as a freshman, Agasiva says he's more proud of the work he's done so far in the classroom.
"It was really joyful for me. I kind of shed tears because I was just seeing all my hard work," said Agasiva. "It's gonna be great. Getting to play for a division one school for three years is gonna be fun. It's gonna be really good."
With grades now a lesser issue, big-time college coaches have come calling. Oregon State was the first to offer a scholarship, he says, but more than a dozen others have followed suit, including Auburn, Oklahoma, TCU and North Carolina.
"That was really special for me, getting my first division one offers, besides the teans that offered me in high school," Agasiva said. "I was really glad about that."
Agasiva says he plans on training here in Hawaii for most of the summer before returning to Tucson for the fall semester.