Football’s pretty big in the community where I grew up, and so I always focused on how to get recruited for college football. I didn’t think that I would be able to play at a division I. I guess I always saw myself – because I saw my brothers playing at a smaller college – that I would also play at a smaller college. But, fortunately for me, the University of Hawaii and some other schools came around toward the end of my senior season.
School is definitely very important to focus on. If you don’t have the academics, if you’re not taking care of school right now (at the high-school level) – as much as any coach would want to recruit you, or bring you to their college, they won’t be able to if you don’t have the grades to be eligible. So that’s always been a big priority of mine.
Something that my parents have always emphasized to me is ‘School first’. Also continue to work on your skill – whatever sport it may be – as an athlete. You can be the greatest athlete in the world, but if you don’t have the grades to get you into college then it’s going to be an unfortunate circumstance. School is a very important part of how to get recruited for college football. Definitely take care of school as you continue to develop yourself in your sport.” -Inoke Funaki (Quarterback for the University of Hawaii)