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Kaonohi Kaniho Seems Destined For Stardom


Kaonohi Kaniho has a family legacy to live up to, but that seems like it will be no problem for the super sophomore.

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It’s still early in the recruiting process for 2020 cornerback Kaonohi Kaniho, but it hasn’t stopped coaches from visiting the islands to see him in person.

As a key member of a stacked Kahuku High School squad, it’s only a matter of time before he explodes.

Kaniho currently holds a single offer — from Hawaii — but Washington and Utah have been out to visit him. And, if the last name sounds familiar to Boise State fans, it’s because his older brother Kekaula just completed his true freshman campaign at safety with the Broncos.

“It’s a great program,” Kaniho said of Boise State. “They have really good values that match my family’s values. That’s why it was a perfect match for my brother. Everything we talk about here, they talk about there.”

In fact, the Bronco coaching staff has kept in touch with Kaniho since recruiting his brother as part of the 2017 recruiting class.

“Ever since Kekaula committed there they’ve been telling me they’re coming after me next,” he said.

Kaniho was able to travel to Las Vegas in December to see his brother record a pick-6 against the Oregon Ducks in Boise State’s bowl victory.

“My mom started working for United not too long ago so we have free flights now,” Kaniho said. “It’s really helpful. My dad and I went up to the bowl game against Oregon. It was a good plane ride home with (Kekaula).”

Kaniho started a couple of games as a freshman at Kahuku — including the state title game — and was in the starting lineup for every contest during his sophomore campaign. At 5 foot 10 and 160 pounds, college coaches are excited to watch Kaniho grow physically and mentally over the next two seasons. It helps that the high school has a number of other players being recruited. He enjoys the daily challenge of working with his teammates.

“It’s another blessing,” he said. “Anytime we can compete is great. It changes the culture. It’s a better way to prove myself.”

Kaniho says he models his game after Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

“I watch a lot of videos on him and watch his technique,” he said. “I’m going to work this next season to match what he does.”

When it comes to his future college home, Kaniho knows exactly what he wants.

“I’m looking for a school that is hard working and is also a winning program,” he said. “I want the support in school to help me in the classroom, tutoring and that kind of stuff. I want an honest program.”

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