Chad Lopati will attend Arizona Western JC

HA Note: “Kapolei head coach Darren Hernandez said Chad Lopati, who signed with UH in February, will attend Arizona Western Junior College this year. Lopati did not meet the requirements to attend UH this year.”

About why Chad chose to go to Arizona Western rather than sit out a year while trying to earn a qualifying SAT score or go to a 4-year college that does not have a football team, Hernandez said:
“He wanted to play football (this year). It won’t be easy. Going the JC route is a risky route. You have to perform academcially in a short amount of time.” (HA)

HA Note: “As a non-qualifier, Lopati would need to earn an associate degree and accumulate at least 48 transferrable credits to be eligible to play at a Division I school. Because scholarship offers come with expiration dates, by enrolling at a JC, Lopati essentially becomes a free agent.”

Hernandez said that if Lopati plays well, as expected:
“there will be a whole lot of schools coming after him (in two years).” (HA)

About how the 6’2″, 248-pound Lopati is listed as a MLB, Hernandez said:
“The coach called me. (Lopati) is penciled in as the starter.” (HA)


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