AJ Hull from Kenai Central signed a letter of intent Feb. 1 to play football at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore., in the fall.
The senior played the effective role of quarterback for the Kardinals, as well as defensive back. He will be a defensive back at WOU.
“I’m just ecstatic for the young man,” Kenai football coach John Marquez said. “He’s put four years of school and athletics into this opportunity and he’s sacrificed vacations for this.”
Hull was named the 2011-12 Gatorade Alaska Football Player of the Year in January.
“It’s hard to replace someone like AJ,” Marquez said. “We’re going to miss his athleticism of course, but also his character.”
Hull, who is also a standout basketball player at Kenai, has not taken this opportunity for granted.
“It’s just nice because there’s a few Alaska kids who are able to play in college, but haven’t been able to sign for anyone,” Hull said.
Hull said he chose the Wolves over other offers because of the criminal justice program that they have, and the level of play they exhibit.
“I’m going to have to prove myself,” Hull said. “Here in Alaska, you can look good compared to who you are playing, but it’s different in college.”
WOU a Division II team in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Hull was one of 29 other prep players recruited by WOU.
Matt Overlin, the defensive backs coach at WOU, said Hull was selected for his overall athleticism and for his ability to make plays.
“I’ve known coach Marquez awhile, and I trust him,” Overlin said.
Overlin said Hull will likely redshirt his first season at WOU.