A roller coaster of a week on the recruiting trail has taken another twist, with Virginia football gaining a commitment today (November 22) from Kahuku (HI) offensive tackle Micah Mariteragi.
Mariteragi, a senior, becomes the Cavaliers’ 20th commitment in the 2018 Class.
“First off, I would like to thank my Heavenly Father, I am truly grateful for all that he has blessed me with,” Mariteragi wrote in this tweet. “Thank you to my parents & family for all that they have sacrificed on my behalf so I can play the sport that I love. I truly appreciate all that they have taught me. To my coaches and teammates at both Kahuku & Kamehameha, especially Coach Makoa, & Coach Peni, thank you for helping me to develop & realize my true potential – thank you for believing in me & giving me the opportunity. Last I would like to thank my Grandpa, who was the greatest example of hard work & who taught me the importance of enduring to the end. Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to announce that I am committing to the University of Virginia. #GoCavaliers”
Just over one week ago, on November 14, Virginia became the first school to extend a scholarship offer to Mariteragi, whose teammate, Samson Reed, has been a Cavalier commit since June 26, 2017. The duo helped the Red Raiders to an 11-2 record and appearance in the HHSAA Open Division Football State Championship in 2017.
Manning Kahuku’s starting right tackle position, the 6’5”, 265-pound Mariteragi earned second-team all-conference honors this season. Virginia now boasts seven potential offensive linemen in this class, further addressing a position that has been a major need since Bronco Mendenhall arrived in Charlottesville in December of 2015.
247Sports’ Composite ranking has Mariteragi as a 3-star recruit, while Rivals.com assigns him a 2-star ranking. Check out highlight of the newest Cavalier’s state championship game performance below.
Virginia began this week by gaining a commitment from Ohio dual-threat quarterback Brennan Armstrong only to see previous quarterback commitment Wyatt Rector announce his decommitment one day later.
Virginia football’s class of 2018
– Brennan Armstrong, QB, Shelby (OH)
– Joe Bissinger, OL, Memorial (Houston, TX)
– DJ Brown, CB, St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.)
– Derek Devine, OL, North Allegheny (Wexford, PA)
– Javar Garrett, LB, Peddie School (Hightstown, N.J.)
– TC Harrison, OLB, Collins Hill (Suwanee, GA)
– Bobby Haskins, OL, The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.)
– Tavares Kelly, WR/PR/KR, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
– Will Lawrence, OL, Memphis Harding Academy (Memphis, TN)
– Micah Mariteragi, OL, Kahuku (HI)
– Emmett McNamara, OL/DL, Red Bank Catholic (N.J.)
– Grant Misch, LB, Potomac Falls (Potomac Falls, VA)
– Ugo Obasi, WR, Milford Mill (Baltimore, MD)
– Hunter Pearson, PK, Seneca (S.C.)
– Jordan Redmond, DL, Osceola (Kissimmee, FL)
– Samson Reed, DL, Kahuku (HI)
– Noah Taylor, OLB, Avalon (Gaithersburg, MD)
– Wooby Theork, WR, Naples (FL)
– Martin Weisz, OL, The Benjamin School (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
– Joseph White, S, Landstown (Virginia Beach, VA)