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Sai staying closer to home

Kiha Sai had been committed to Utah but after things didn't work out there the Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha School offensive guard looked closer to home.
After taking an unofficial visit to Hawaii this past weekend and meeting with first-year coach Norm Chow, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound prospect decided to make his pledge and he's excited for his future.
"I had an unofficial visit this past Sunday and had a talk with Norm Chow and he hooked me with his vision of having the Chow legacy there and of having the Hawaii boys stay home and play for UH," Sai said.
"On the unofficial, seeing all of the facilities and what they have intrigued me and having that energy of playing in front of all my relatives and family and representing the Hawaiian people really played a part in my decision."
Sai, who's rated as the No. 34 offensive guard in the 2012 class and fifth in the Hawaii state rankings by Rivals.com, had also been hearing from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho State and others early in his recruitment.
Utah was considered his dream school because his brother plays there and he had become familiar with the coaching staff over the last few years but the Utes wanted him to greyshirt - or look for other options - and so Sai opened his recruitment up.
Sai is expected to take his official visit to Hawaii on Jan. 28 and that should only reinforce his commitment. Even though Utah didn't work out for him, Sai said he's excited to be playing for the hometown school.
"I called them up and they told me I have a full-ride scholarship and asked if I'm ready to commit and I said, 'Yes, I want to be a Warrior,'" Sai said.
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