Notre Dame has added to its 2021 class, landing Honolulu (Hawai'i) Punahou linebacker Kahanu Kia. Once considered a strong lean to Utah, the Fighting Irish staff charged back and earned his commitment thanks to strong recruiting efforts from Brian Polian and Clark Lea.
Kia is a consensus three-star recruit and a former teammate of current Notre Dame sophomore linebacker Marist Liufau. He is a long-limbed, tough and instinctive linebacker that projects to play inside in the Irish defense.
The 6-2, 205-pound Punahou standout has offers from Utah, UCLA, Stanford, Colorado, Arizona and Washington State. He was also offered by Princeton and Dartmouth, which shows his academic prowess.
When his recruitment first started, Kia seemed adamant about serving a mission as part of the Latter Day Saints, but in a September interview with CardinalSportsSport, he mentioned he'd be open to going to school first.
It remains to be seen if he decides to enroll at Notre Dame right away, or if he'll first go on the mission. If he chooses to serve a mission first, Kia would then be considered part of a later class and would not count towards the 2021 numbers.
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