Kahuku running back Enoch Nawahine signs for Boise State, recalls recruiting difficulties

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kahuku High School senior running Enoch Nawahine was a battering ram for the Red Raiders this season, helping his team win an OIA championship.

But up until a month ago, Nawahine had zero offers to play collegiate football despite tearing through opposing defenses while racking up 985 yards on 153 carries (6.4 yards per carry average) and 11 touchdowns.

Nawahine's last chance to shine for scouts was during the 2018 Polynesian Bowl, and he didn't disappoint.

"There was a lot of five star and four star athletes that I guess took it easy, but a lot of us Hawaii boys went out there to make a statement. It was a statement game for me," Nawahine said. "And to play with a lot of kids at that caliber, I think it was good to showcase my talents."

Nawahine was finally noticed and received a scholarship offer to play for Boise State, a school he is all too familiar with.

"I was super excited," he said when he received his first and only offer. "My cousin is a safety there, (Kekaula Kaniho) he went to Kahuku, he's there. I used to live in Idaho for a couple years so it's good to go back I guess."

Nawahine gave an impassioned speech to the other 80 student-athletes across Oahu to never stop working towards their ultimate goals. But most of all, Nawahine shared his sense of relief with the Class of 2018.

"To officially sign, probably just like every other athlete here, it's relieving, It's exciting," he said. "I'm really happy that I get to put pen to paper and just celebrate the accomplishments and achievements that has happened these past couple years."

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