By John Murphy
Serra star receiver/safety Hamilton Anoa’i committed Thursday to Northwestern, according to Serra coach Patrick Walsh’s twitter feed and comments from Anoa’i’s teammate Kava Cassidy.
“It’s great for him,” Cassidy said by phone. “He told me and the coach (Walsh) today.”
The offer apparently came recently, as Anoa’i earlier this week said he had only been offered by Nevada, Idaho, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Davis, Cal State Sacramento and Eastern Washington.
“It’s my dream to play college football and get a good education,” Anoa’i said at the time.
Anoa’i led Serra to a West Catholic Athletic League co-title and the only Central Coast Section Open title in school history with a banner season on both sides of the ball. As a 6-foot-2, 225-pound receiver, he caught 26 passes for 516 yards and 10 touchdowns. In two victories against Mitty, he had a total of four touchdown catches, including three in the WCAL finale against the Monarchs.
Against Bellarmine in a WCAL opening victory, he had a TD catch and then ran the wildcat offense in the fourth quarter, rambling for 64 yards in a 17-7 victory.
On defense Anoa’i averaged 2.1 tackles per game, had 3.5 tackles for loss and an interception.
“I like the hard work and the values (football) teaches you and the teamwork and the brotherhood,” Anoa’i told Prep2Prep earlier this week. “I love the game. It’s just part of my life.”
Anoa’i battled injuries during his varsity career at Serra following an ACL injury in the league opener in 2012 against Mitty. Despite Anoa’i’s stellar effort, he was never at full strength during the 2013 season.
“The fact he was not even playing at 100 percent this year is scary,” Walsh told Prep2Prep this week.
Anoa’i is the second Padre under Walsh to commit to Northwestern. Former Serra running back Adonis Smith committed to the Wildcats and played there, but later transferred to UNLV.
Another Padre committing this week was lineman Ryan Rudolph to Middlebury College in Vermont, Walsh tweeted. Rudolph was a team captain for the Padres.