Polynesian Bowl announces Kingsley Suamataia as 2021 selection #StraightFromTheBush
Kingsley Suamataia (Photo: Polynesian Bowl, 247Sports)
The Polynesian Bowl has announced their sixth selection to the 2021 Polynesian Bowl, to be held in January 2021 in Honolulu. Orem (Utah) offensive lineman Kingsley Suamataia has been invited to, and accepted, an invitation to the 2021 Polynesian Bowl. "This bowl represents my culture but has a special meaning for our family. My grandfather is Junior Ah You and he was inducted into the Polynesian Hall of Fame, and it is such an honor to continue the tradition of being part of this great game," said Suamataia.
The selection also includes Suamataia being an ambassador for the 2020 Polynesian Bowl. "I was so excited when they told me, I can’t wait to be back home," said Suamataia. "Hawaii is my home and I will always call it home, and to be an ambassador for this great game helps me to express my gratitude for all those that came before. I’m truly humbled and excited, and feel the responsibility to continue to work hard and lift my culture in a positive way." Suamataia's ties to the game extend beyond his grandfather's selection to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. In fact, Suamataia's family has made meals for the players in the previous games.
"My family is always about service and that was instilled in us by my grandparents and my parents, and my family makes the best food ever," said Suamataia. The fourth Polynesian Bowl is set for January 18, 2020 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, with 63 players already selected to the 2020 game. In just four years, the Polynesian Bowl has quickly become one of the most prestigious postseason games and honors a player can receive.
The Polynesian Bowl began in 2017 with current Stanford running back Connor Wedington the inaugural Offensive MVP and Iowa defensive lineman A.J. Epenesa the Defensive MVP. The 2018 game was the second year and Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon and Stanford quarterback signee Tanner McKee were named Co-MVP's. The 2019 game saw linebacker Daniel Heimuli and receiver Puka Nacua, both Washington signees, earn Co-MVP honors. And last year's game, Suamataia's cousin, Miki Ah You, was invited to play in the 2019 Polynesian Bowl. "Like I said its a great feeling to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather as well as my first cousin Miki Ah You," said Suamataia.
Recruiting-wise, Suamataia has 25 offers but is in no rush to make a decision of any sort. "The schools that have stuck out to me have been the schools that talk to me about my future outside of football, with getting a degree," said Suamataia. "I want to visit Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson, Virginia, and Ohio State, because last year we did the west schools. Hopefully we can even get to Texas and Texas A&M." For a look at the 2020 Polynesian Bowl roster, go here.