With most of the 2021 offensive line class complete for Michigan, Ed Warinner can begin shifting his focus to the 2022 class and beyond. He continued that on Friday, extending an offer to 2022 offensive lineman Laakea Kapoi.
WOW WHAT A BLESSING.... Thankful to receive a scholarship to the University of Michigan‼️#GoBlue #Big10@4Warinner @CoachNua @RobCrowell8 @jameshall6363 @FaipeaAvaava pic.twitter.com/gAFk1lnSOO— Laakea Kapoi (@KapoiLaakea) August 28, 2020
He is the 26th offensive tackle to receive an offer from Michigan in his class, per 247Sports.
The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder from Honolulu, Hawaii has spoken with Warinner and defensive line coach Shaun Nua in the past, but catching up with both of them for this conversation was a bit more special for him since he secured the offer.
“Nice people (and) coaches man,” Kapoi told Maize n Brew. “Just for coach Ed to offer me was just a blessing by itself.
“(Michigan is) definitely somewhere I can see myself going playing for the next four to five years.”
Kapoi plays high school football at St. Louis High School, the same high school incoming true freshman wide receiver Roman Wilson hails from. He knows Wilson and plans to speak with him soon about what Michigan has to offer.
So now that he has the offer, is he willing to travel across the country to see Ann Arbor up close?
“Hopefully when this pandemic is over,” Kapoi said.
Other schools Kapoi is hearing from often include Utah, BYU, Wisconsin, San Jose State, Colorado, UCLA and San Diego State.
Kapoi does not yet have a composite score, but 247Sports has him ranked a three-star as the No. 77 offensive tackle and No. 6 player in Hawaii.
Watch some highlights from Kapoi’s sophomore year below.