Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr three-star quarterback Corey Nielsen wanted to play in a pass-happy offense in college, so when he received a scholarship offer from Hawaii last night it ended up being an offer he couldn't refuse.
"Coach McMackin offered me a scholarship last night, and then I came back to the hotel to think things over," Nielsen said. "I then called him back today to let him know I was going to accept the offer. I'm heading to Hawaii."
Ranked as the nation's No. 40 pro-style quarterback Nielsen is a perfect fit for the Hawaii offense. A specialist in the spread offense that threw for 4,363 yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior, said he coveted the offer from the Warriors because he knew he could step in early.
"Ever since we saw Timmy Chang, Colt Brenan and all those other quarterbacks break records out here, I knew it was the right offense I wanted to be in," Nielsen said. "It's a natural fit for me. I have family out here in Hawaii, too. Words can't explain how excited I am. I think it's a great fit for me because it's the same concepts and system that we run at my high school.
"I think I should be able to step in and compete with what I do."
Nielsen also was offered scholarships by Arizona, UNLV, Idaho and Montana State. Other schools like UCLA, San Diego State, Darmouth and Portland State were recruiting him also.
"This is where I always wanted to go," he said. "It's a good day."