Punahou defensive back Eli Matagi Thompson has committed to play for the University of Hawaii football team.
Thompson, a senior at Punahou, was not able to play in the fall as Hawaii did not hold a high school football season. But as a junior in 2019, he was a standout cornerback and safety on a Buffanblu squad that finished second in the ILH.
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Thompson’s father, Afatia, played for UH in the late 1990s.
“It means so much to me because originally my uncle was going to go there but he passed away then my dad carried that tradition on. It just means so much to me to play on the field that my pops once played on and carry on that legacy and represent my last name well and that name across my chest very well,” Thompson told KHON2’s Alan Hoshida, “I’m going to represent Hawai’i to the best of my abilities. Represent my family. I’m not going to let my family down. I’m not going to let Hawaii down.”
Matagi Thompson will sign his letter of intent for Hawaii on National Signing Day on Wednesday.