Despite holding just one scholarship offer from Hawaii, quarterback Aaron Zwahlen (Modesto, Calif./Downey) was evaluated over the weekend and now sits at No. 153 in the ESPN 300. Sunday night, Zwahlen made a commitment to play for head coach Norm Chow and the Warriors, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
"Hawaii felt like home," Zwahlen, who took a spring break trip with his family to Honolulu, said.
Boise State, Brigham Young, Duke, Northwestern, Texas Tech and Washington State showed some interest in Zwahlen who is expected to embark on a two-year Mormon mission following his freshman year in college.
"How this young man has flown so far under the radar, regardless of a potential detour for a mission, is beyond us," ESPN's Tom Luginbill said. "Zwahlen has as much pure arm talent as just about any player in this class and he is only going to get better and bigger. Congrats to Hawaii for being on him, but now it is going to get tough as Zwahlen is going to start attracting some BCS attention and if he does not, someone is not doing their homework. It is a long time between now and February and I remember when Tyler Bray was sitting here at this same time committed to San Diego State going into his senior year. We feel in time Zwahlen could be a potential ESPN150 guy."
The 6-foot-3, 189-pound pocket-passer threw for 2,924 yards, 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a junior earning a first team all-league selection. Zwahlen has also posted a 23.4 200-meter while competing in track and field.
His father, Lynn, played wide receiver at BYU when Norm Chow served as the Cougars receivers coach.
If the Warriors hold onto Zwahlen until February, he will be Hawaii's highest-rated signee since ESPN's full coverage of college football recruiting began in 2006.