If Sol-Jay Maiava is to follow the lead of Marcus Mariota and become a star quarterback from Hawaii, Jim Harbaugh apparently isn't waiting around to watch it unfold from the wrong sideline.
Maiava, who is entering his freshman year of high school, says via Twitter that he received his first scholarship offer from Michigan:
The offer Maiava says he received coincides with Michigan's stop in Hawaii on Harbaugh's whirlwind circuit of satellite camps.
It's a rare feather in the cap of a player so young, but certainly not unprecedented. Just last month, in fact, Alabama offered a scholarship to another youngster entering the ninth grade in linebacker Jesus Machado. Three years ago, running back Dylan Moses piled up a lengthy list of scholarship offers at the same age. Moses, now a five-star prospect, committed to LSU as a high school freshman, but has re-opened his recruitment as his senior year approaches this fall.
Commitments are non-binding until prospects sign a letter of intent as high school seniors.