Michael with his family, sister Keilani, mother Marie and father Nofoaiga Elketise
By Lagi Keresoma
APIA: MONDAY 30 MARCH 2015: Michael Masina Eletise, a 17 year Samoan old junior student at Kaiser Junior High School in Hawai’i has received 24 scholarships from various Universities around America.
He is currently the most sought after offensive line back player and is the second Samoan in the history of American football to have been offered so many scholarships at a very young age.
Proud father Nofoaiga Eletise said his son has one more year before university, and already his future is set with all the scholarship coming his way.
Michael has had a busy life especially with the football scouts recruiter’s scouting around the States recruiting the best for their teams.
The offers are from university with top football teams such as Arizona State, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon State, San Diego and Washington.
In an interview with Talamua, Michael said he has so many options to consider.
At the moment he is eyeing Washington closely and has accepted an invitation from Washington to be part of their junior day programme next month.
He is humbled by all the offers and hopes to live up to the expectation of the people.
Michael is working together with his coach on analyzing and assessing the offers, said Michael.
“I look for what is offered in regards to the support and the relationship between the coaches and the players,” said Michael.
He told Talamua whilst he is entertaining some top teams in the sport, he also value being next to his family and relatives hence his desire for Washington.
Michael’s parents are church ministers. His mother Marie Eletise is an American and his father hails from Safaatoa Lefaga and Toamua and has one sister Keilani Joy Eletise who attends Grand Canyon University and is also an enthusiastic sportsperson.
His father said his son’s good fortune was due to his performance in several camps and tournaments he participated in.
“He has made a name for himself,” said Mr. Eletise.
Michael’s name has also been publicized and promoted along the top ranking football players in the States.
Michael was born in California and his family moved to Hawaii when he was 11 years old where he started dominating the back line for his school team.