Intro: 2020 QB Sol-Jay Maiava
Class of 2020 quarterback and defensive back Sol-Jay Maiava finished last month’s Hawaii Nike Football Combine with the 10th-highest rating out of 179 participants.
Maiava’s mark of 47.37 is particularly impressive since the event featured mostly 8th graders and it was the first combine he’s ever attended. In his favorite event, Maiava ran a 4.95 second 40-yard-dash, good for sixth fastest in the entire combine. He also excelled at the 20-yard shuttle with a 4.4 second time, which registered as the fourth fastest. The Laie, Hawaii, native also threw the powerball 26.5 feet and recorded a vertical jump of 24.6 inches.
“Before the combine, I felt nervous but I was more curious than nervous because I wanted to see how my scores were going to be,” said Maiava. …”I was able to have my Uncle (and former Utah State player) EJ Reid train me with the different events that I would be participating in. I was really satisfied with my performance at the combine, and now I can start to improve my skills and set my goals to higher my scores for the next combine.”
The 5’9”, 139-pound Maiava was a star for the undefeated Laie Park Raiders last season starting at quarterback and in the defensive backfield. He accounted for 1,450 passing yards with 12 touchdowns and 780 yards rushing including 14 touchdowns on the ground. On defense, Maiava recorded 20 tackles and 5 interceptions for the 10-0 Raiders.
Despite these impressive statistics, Maiava’s season did have some setbacks. In the last game of the regular season, Maiava broke two bones in his left hand in the second quarter, but was unaware until after the game. He played the entire second half and threw for a touchdown and completed a crucial 40-yard pass that led to the eventual game-winning touchdown.
Maiava would play the semifinal and championship games with a cast, but it didn’t slow him down. In the finals, he completed every pass attempted while also connecting for three touchdowns. He finished the season without getting sacked a single time (“I had the best offensive line”) and was named offensive MVP of the team and made the Hawaii Jr. Prep All-Star team which played in the Tanoa Bowl games in Washington.
In this showcase, Maiava had a touchdown pass and numerous key completions that led to defeating the Washington All-Stars. In the end, he was invited to compete in the Las Vegas 7 on 7 Pylon Tournament a few weeks ago where he played both qb and db. Maiava also took the time to tour the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.
So far in two games this spring, Maiava has passed for 420 yards and 5 touchdowns while also rushing for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns. He will be attending Kahuku Intermediate next year and has a busy slate of camps and combines coming up.
Look for Maiava’s skills to be on display at the NUC combine on April 18, the Under Armour PIAA Combine May 30, the Maximum Exposure Camp on June 5 and June 22’s BYU Football Camp.