Running back Khoury Bethley of Don Lugo had a breakout season last year as a junior. He rushed for 2,089 yards on 239 carries with more than 100 yards in 12 of 13 games. He managed 139 on 26 carries against Rancho Cucamonga and that’s saying a lot.
He helped the Conquistadores to a berth in the CIF Division 8 semifinals and put himself on the radar of some major colleges at the same time.
He was Co-MVP in the Mt. Baldy League and a first team All-Inland Valley selection by the Daily Bulletin.
So when spring came around a lot of schools came to talk to him. He has offers from New Mexico, Howard, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Idaho, UTEP, UC Davis and Hawaii, making a verbal commitment to Hawaii earlier this month even though he has yet to visit that school.
More offers are still likely to come.
“It has been an interesting process,’ Bethley said of recruiting. “I had a good relationship with the coaches. Most of the schools that offered would text me every now and then to check up on me but I was in constant contact with Hawaii. There was great communication and that meant a lot to me.”
Two of the coaches came down personally when extending the offer and head coach Nick Rolovich was on the phone with him.
The other thing that sold the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder on thew school was its plans for him. Most of the schools recruited him as an “athlete” but Hawaii intends on using him on the defensive side of the ball.
“I might play a little on offense but they’re ;looking at me as a sort of hybrid safety-linebacker. I’m excited about that,” who plans to visit the school in September.
The whole process was not unfamiliar for Bethley, who watched older brother Steven, who graduated from Don Lugo in 2010 and went on to play at Montana State
And no there was no pressure to go that school because his brother did.
“He liked it but he told me to go where I am going to be happy and where I can fit in the best,” Khoury said.