Recruiting Profile: QB Sol-Jay Maiava (Class of 2020)

Sol-Jay Maiava made a special Father’s Day announcement, making known his intentions to sign with BYU football:

Maiava preps at national powerhouse St. John’s College High School (Washington, D.C.), where he just completed his junior season after moving to DC from Hawaii.  He led the St. John’s Cadets to a 9-1 finish an a no. 13 national ranking.  As a sophomore at Kahuku high school in Hawaii Maiava compleed 119-of-238 passes for 1,557 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing 73 time for 348 yards and four more scores.  He also started as a freshman at Kahuku and led them to an 11-2 record and a state runner-up finish.

Maiava is rated 3-stars by Rivals, ESPN, and by 247Sports, who rate him the 23rd-ranked dual-threat QB in his class. He holds scholarship offers from Fresno State, Hawaii, Liberty, Michigan, Oregon, Purdue, Utah, Utah State, and Virginia.  He has also seen recruiting interest from Penn State and Washington.

Hometown: Washington, DC High School: St. John’s College
Class: 2020 HT/WT: 6’1”, 190 lbs.
Position: Quarterback 40 time: 4.65
Profiles: MaxPreps, HUDL Bench/Squat:  
Twitter: @jay_4QB Vertical: 32 inches
    Commit date: June 16, 2019

I caught up with Maiava to ask him about his recruiting.

BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?

Maiava:  I am a member of the church and BYU recruited me the hardest. Also, Coach Grimes and Coach Arod run a similar offense to my offense at SJC. Coach Arod was the first QB coach that ever came to my school to see me. The coaches sealed the deal once they convinced my grandfather (my mom’s dad) to let me go to BYU.  My whole mom’s side of the family are a bunch of die-hard Utah Utes fans (my mom’s brother Nai Fotu played for the Utes). After Coach Sitake talked to my grandpa (and Nai), grandpa ended up calling my mom and told her he felt I needed to go to BYU.

BYU Insider: What other schools were showing you love in the recruiting process?

Maiava:  Liberty, Utah, Utah State, Virginia, Purdue, Michigan, Princeton and Yale

BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?

Maiava:  I love the movies Apocalypto and 10,000 BC.  For music it’s listening to island vibes (fiji, Jboog, spawnbreezie, sammy j, sione toki, Na drua, Kiwini Vaitai, Rebel Souljahz).  I like reading the The Son of Neptune series and eating Shredded Wheat with the sugar on the top of them.

BYU Insider: What is one of your greatest accomplishment in sports?

Maiava:  getting a free college education!!

BYU Insider: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Maiava:  When my mom or dad need to correct me they always talk to me and give me advice on how to be better.

BYU Insider: Who is a current player that you seek to emulate on the field?

Maiava:  Marcus Mariota or McKenzie Milton

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