By Stephen Tsai
Kory Rasmussen is practicing as a defensive tackle. But there are discussions he might be better suited as an offensive lineman. Whatever his eventual destination, Rasmussen, for now, is happy.
"It's good to be home," said Rasmussen, a 2012 Kamehameha Schools graduate.
Rasmussen transferred to UH this summer after being dismissed from the Colorado football team following an off-field dispute.
"There were some things at Colorado, and it ended up not being for me," Rasmussen said.
There were key factors in choosing Hawaii. A player dismissed must wait a semester before receiving a football scholarship from another school. "I had to walk on," Rasmussen said. "Money is part of it. And I have friends and family here."
More importantly, Rasmussen wanted to be part of Norm Chow's program.
"I met coach Chow when I was being recruited," Rasmussen said. "He's just a really, really nice guy. I felt it would be right to come home."
That decision was backed in a family meeting.
"With all their support, we all decided together it was time for me to come home," Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen's girlfriend, Rae Masaki, also decided to transfer from Colorado to UH. Masaki, a Kamehameha graduate, helped Rasmussen navigate UH's application process.
"The applications are not small," he said, smiling.
Rasmussen must redshirt this season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. After that, he will have three years to play three UH seasons.
But he will not have to wait too long to be in a game-like competition. Rasmussen will participate in the Warriors' scrimmage tomorrow morning.