Three-star wide receiver, Kainoa Carvalho, talks his commitment to Utah, his dream school
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Kainoa Carvalho had a unique path that led to his commitment to the University of Utah. However, while adversity may have gotten in the way of Carvalho at times, he met his goal in the end, and that’s all he could ask for.
Carvalho is a five-foot, seven-inch, 165-pound wide receiver from Kahuku High School in Kahuku, Hawaii. He is the No. 163 ranked wide receiver, No. 7 recruit in Hawaii, and the No. 1,174 overall recruit in the country according to 247sports. Carvalho joined me on Instagram Live Wednesday night for an interview to talk about his recent commitment and more.
Kainoa Carvalho Interview
Many of the top high school football players in the country are recognized for their talent on a high level once they enter high school, sometimes earlier. For Carvalho, however, a stellar junior season put him on the map, enough to win the Gatorade Player of the Year Award for the State of Hawaii. During his freshman year, he played JV (Junior Varsity), and was the water boy for the Varsity team.
“Growing up, Kahuku football was a powerhouse over here in Hawaii, so I grew up, I was a waterboy because my uncle was the head coach.” Carvalho said. “So I started off as a waterboy, even my ninth grade year I played J.V., and I waterboyed the varsity games. So that’s where it kind of started and now here I am.”
Regardless, Carvalho had a dream, and that was to play for the University of Utah. Carvalho’s dad played at Utah, and his uncles did as well, so following in their footsteps means everything to him. I grew up watching Utah football, all my uncles played at Utah, and I’d hear a lot of stories growing up that my uncles would tell me when I was a little, little kid that I’d go around yelling ‘Utah, Utah, Go Utes,’” Carvalho said. “So I think it’s always been in my blood.”
It worked out that Utah was Carvalho’s first offer, and since then, he was as interested as one could be.
“Utah has always been my dream school,” Carvalho said. “I have Utah blankets, a Utah poster over here, so growing up I was always a Utah guy.”
Since the beginning, the Utah Coaching Staff saw the talent and potential in Carvalho, especially at times when others didn’t. As the staff became closer with him and his family, Carvalho realized that the staff was family. “The coaching staff showed a lot of love throughout the process. Coach Bum [Bumphis], the receivers coach, is really cool,” Carvalho said, “Coach Whittingham, he was actually down here a couple weeks ago, him and my dad go golfing a lot, so it just feels like family.”
Looking back on his journey, Carvalho’s hard work and dedication has all paid off. For years, people doubted him, but he has continued to prove them wrong, and has officially completed his mission with his commitment to the University of Utah. “It feels amazing, all my life I was working for this moment, and it finally happened. Just looking back, all the hard work I put in really paid off.”