St. Louis receiver Jonah Panoke confirms commitment to Rainbow Warriors

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The last time Jonah Panoke caught a touchdown pass in Aloha Stadium was a game-winning score from quarterback Chevan Cordeiro to give St. Louis its second-straight Open Division State title.

Earlier this morning, Panoke made sure that he would have more opportunities down the road to make game-winning plays in Halawa after signing his letter of intent to play for the Rainbow Warriors.

"When I went on my official visit, a lot of the players were telling me this is a great place," Panoke said. "Playing for UH is like home, and the coaches take you in like family … My family has been supporting me my whole career so just being able to play in front of them is great."

With the support of his family, Panoke's commitment to Hawaii was never in doubt. But having his childhood friend and quarterback Chevan Cordeiro already committed to the University of Hawaii made the decision even easier.

"Being with Chevan is huge," Panoke said. "Since second grade, that connection following up through high school and now college is big."

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