HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Rainbow Warrior football team missed out on one of the state's top recruits on National Signing Day as Kapolei High School's defense star Aaron Faumui flipped his commitment this morning to sign for the University of Virginia.
"Very stressful day," Faumui said of this morning's events. "But it was a family decision, and Virginia was the school."
Faumui verbally committed to play college football at Manoa under head coach Nick Rolovich just last week, but a late push from Virginia did the trick.
"Today was interesting, obviously with Aaron Faumui," said Faumui's high school coach, Darren Hernandez. "He committed verbally last week (to Hawaii), but Virginia came in with a strong push and then had a home visit this past weekend and they really pushed hard and kept relentlessly pursuing him even though he had a verbal commitment."
Faumui cited Virginia's emphasis on family, a strong support system and the coaching staff at the school as the reasons why he flipped his commitment at the last hour from Hawaii.
"The coaching staff really treated me like family and showed me a lot of love. And made me feel like home," he said.
Faumui's parents told Hawaii News Now that they didn't know which school he signed for as he wouldn't let them look over his shoulder when he put pen to paper. Even Hernandez wasn't sure which school he would attend and was surprised by the decision.
"When you're a young, impressionable young man, sometimes you get swayed by the latest people that talk to," Hernandez said. "I just hope he's making the right choice. I hope he's happy. That's my main concern for all of these young men - that they make the right choice to allow them to prosper."