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Star-Bulletin Sports

Friday, February 9, 2001

C O L L E G E _ F O O T B A L L

Options open
for Daniels,

Dixie, not BYU, makes
offer to Mililani back

Jones: Best from mainland

By Dave Reardon

Record-tying running back Brian Daniels of Mililani High School said he is "still looking at options" for college.

So is Star-Bulletin all-state tight end Kolo Kapanui of Kamehameha Schools.

Daniels said speculation that he would sign a letter of intent to play football at Brigham Young is erroneous, although he did visit the Provo, Utah, campus two weeks ago.

"(BYU) said they didn't have a scholarship for a running back," said Daniels, who was offered one instead by Dixie College, a junior college that often sends athletes to BYU after two years.

Daniels also visited Hawaii, but said he was not offered a scholarship. He said he might walk on to the Rainbows, since he has won an academic Army ROTC scholarship.

"Brian would be a great addition to any program," Mililani coach James Millwood said. "He should do very well in college football."

Daniels rushed for a state-record-tying six touchdowns and 279 yards on 24 carries against Kailua in the second game of the past regular season.

But, hampered by nagging leg injuries, Daniels rushed for over 100 yards in only one other game.

He did carry 11 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns in a postseason all-star game.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Daniels has been timed at 4.6 in the 40.

Kapanui is another player with potential who has not committed yet.

He caught only eight passes during the season (with three going for touchdowns), but the 6-3, 215-pound Kapanui was a valuable blocker in the Warriors' offense.

Kapanui will be visiting USC as soon as basketball season is over.

"He's supposed to be getting an offer from Western Kentucky, and Cal called the other night and talked for an hour-and-a-half," said John Kong Kee, Kapanui's grandfather.

Kamehameha coach Kanani Souza said Kapanui could be the sleeper of this year's crop of Hawaii high school recruits.

"His potential is unlimited," Souza said. "He's been more of a basketball guy, with the summer trips and all. But the past year he's put a lot of time into football and is still just tapping into his potential."

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