Ryan Day’s Trip to Hawaii Helped Ohio State Land Enokk Vimahi After Just One Month of Recruiting Him

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Hovenaut's picture

In reading everything presented on Vimahi (and his family), it's easy to see how Day felt all efforts in recruiting him were worth it.

Really like this kid, and feel Enokk Vimahi will do very well in Columbus.

Nice read.

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Yoda888's picture

He was a captain of our team, and he’s not a leader by vocalness, he’s a leader by example,” Carvalho said. “He was hurt for a lot of games this year, and instead of him moping … he was on the sideline, he was coaching up the younger players, he was coaching up the current players. Pulling them aside, showing them things that they could do better. "

Wow. Didn't realize that there were so many positive things a captain can do for his team when quitting isn't an option. (Sarcasm intended).

Yoda888

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BBQ_Fan's picture

Sounds like a great kid for the program.  Also glad he was not swayed by almost certain negative recruiting about distance and weather.

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Urban Cowbuck's picture

Great article! I love this player and family already. Happy that OSU will step back and let he and his family decide on his mission trip plans.

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brutus0717's picture

Definitely. Athletically, it would obviously not be in his best interest to leave for 2 years. But I'm sure he and his family know that, which would make me respect his decision to do his mission trip after year one even more. That would show his faith is very important to him and I can get behind a guy who stands firmly in his beliefs, whatever those beliefs are.

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I like everything I've read about this kid so far. Seems like he'll be a model citizen, he's got the right goals in mind to be a successful student athlete. A great get by the coaching staff.

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

Great story here.  Kid seems to be destined for success in life, and in football for that matter.  I just can't shake the mission trip thing.  If OSU is ok with him taking the trip that is great, I just wonder what 2 years away from football during your prime years will do as far as setting you back.  I personally hope he proves that I am being skeptical for nothing.

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BuckNutChicago's picture

I think 2 years away will be great come his Junior and Senior seasons.  He'll be a year or 2 bigger / stronger than everyone else.

Go Buckeyes!!!

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

Yes, I hope that is the plan haha.  But coach Mick isn't going on the mission with him to beef him up but keep him in football shape.  That's my concern.  Could be completely unfounded, but I know if I take 2 years off of playing softball, my first season back would be kind of brutal.  But I'm almost 40 so age, alcohol and food intake, and the couch would be my downfall.

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DdougOSU's picture

With his older brother already doing the same thing he plans to with the mission, I would assume he has some kind of plan to follow to workout and make sure he1s building his strength. Also think Coach Mick will be in touch very often to give him some workouts and dieting tips.

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chibucks's picture

imho, good for him for sticking with his beliefs and convictions and priorities - what's the history with players leaving on missions trips and success coming back?  i remember shawn bradley the basketball player, and sione puha from the jets.   i think steve young was supposed to go, but decided against it. 

from everything i've read, great get for the team.  looking forward to seeing him on the field.

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

Apparently this is SOP for players for BYU and Utah, and they have a good history of coming back and making a huge impact.  Let's hope it holds true for us since we are in uncharted territory here haha.  There is still the chance that after this season he says he will push the trip back, but I'm not going to rag on the kid if he doesn't.  I think one way or the other, he is going to hear his name called on Saturdays.  Could be 2020, could be 2023 haha.

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Silver Sniper's picture

OSU is no stranger to having young men from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) play football here. That I’m aware of, there’s also Drue Chrisman and Joe Germaine. 

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

I wasn't aware...but also don't remember Germaine taking a mission during school, nor has Chrisman.  That's more the territory that I'm talking about that we are approaching, not so much the religious beliefs.

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Silver Sniper's picture

I know Joe missed out on offers because it was believed he was going to serve a mission, but he never did. Chrisman has said if he had attended BYU, he likely would have served a mission. The option to serve lasts for single young men until the age of 25, so he has said if football doesn’t work out and he is not yet married, he would consider going. The nice thing about Vimahi is that O lineman don’t usually play right away anyway, so he will be solid by the time he comes back, if he decides to go, and still have many more years of eligibility. The physical and mental maturation that occurs during those two years is enormous and I can assure you that it will greatly benefit us down the road. 

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85ThruTheHeart's picture

It all depends what kind of access he’ll gave to training facilities. If he’s in a remote village of some third world country, you do have to wonder what kind of impact that will have. I would assume an athlete of that caliber would have it all planned out though.

"He has that look in his eye when it's time to start feeding the beast" UFM on EZE

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

That's what I'm thinking, although with the right amount of drive and dedication you can do some work out in nature to keep in tip top shape.  I don't know how that works out for a guy trying to put on weight to be on the O-Line haha.  Maybe a LB or something.

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Silver Sniper's picture

I can almost guarantee you that this will not be an issue. While it’s not Marottis dojo, there is ample opportunity to gain weight and stay in tip top shape. 

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johnblairgobucks's picture

Ever watch Rocky Balboa train in the barn in Siberia to fight Ivan Drago.......?

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tymackey's picture

BYU & OSU grad here.  For skill positions, a 2 year mission is bad.  For linemen, it tends to be good more often than not.  But, worst case, he goes to a place where food is scarce and he gets a parasite and loses 80 lbs (it's happened).  But usually linemen bodies mature and 24 year old OL can be beasts.

"because we couldn't go for one" --Brady Hoke

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Vimahi seems to be a high quality young man from a high quality family. Great add to this recruiting class by Day and the staff.

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moopdawg's picture

Takes a lot of guts to voluntarily leave home and go somewhere so far away.  And then to go on a 2 year mission, that's something else!  Also really really impressive for Day and his staff to pull a kid from Hawaii after only seriously recruiting him for about a month.  Hope everything works out for Enokk and the Buckeyes.  Would make for a great page in Buckeye football history.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Quality read Dan - he's very professional and engaging. Looking forward to him making an impact in Columbus. 

That Red Eye that Coach Day took - musta been exhausting.

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Texbuckbear's picture

Big kudos to Day.  Doing whatever it takes.

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hetuck's picture

The BYU model is for a player to be eligible as a freshman, go on a mission, redshirt, and have three years of eligibility. A 24 yr. old lineman has a distinct maturity advantage. He will provide emergency depth next season. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

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hetuck's picture

This article provides some perspective. In case you wondering, I am not a LDS member. 

https://www.si.com/vault/2016/06/13/season-spreading-faith

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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GeorgiaBuckeye2114's picture

Yup...Coach Day is going to do just fine in Columbus. Welcome to the family, Enokk.

"We talkin' about practice?!" -Allen Iverson 2002

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awlinBrutus's picture

Reminds me of Munoz, senior LOL. He looks like he could develop into a prototypical LT. Great flexibility and overall core strength. Cooper had success in Cali with a few Polynesian and Hawaii's players. As adverse as the TOSU student body is, Vmahi being the first player from Hawaii is surprising.

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Molandisi's picture

Perhaps you meant “... as diverse as the OSU student body is...”?

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awlinBrutus's picture

I will never be accused of being a English major. I literally despised English comp in school.

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rockyincbus's picture

Ryan Day is going to be a college football legend before it is said and done.  He does whatever it takes and people want to play for this guy. The way he has handled setbacks in his short time in Columbus has been tremendous.  When his long-term answer at QB shines so bright that he only gets one year of him?  That's ok, Day convinces a .999 rated transfer to come take his place.  He loses a coveted offensive line recruit after the early signing period at a position of absolute need?  That's ok, Day will do whatever it takes to replace him with another high character, high potential player from across the globe.

I am a huge believer in Coach Day.  For those of you with doubts because of his inexperience, go back and watch the replay of the TCU game, particularly how calm (but firm) he was in addressing Coach Schiano when the defense looked like it was about to implode.  The guy has the moxy, the "IT" factor, whatever you call it and I hope he loves being here as much as I think we are going to love having him coach the Bucks.  Gonna set my energy drink down now.

You've got barbecue back there?

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bornbredbuckeye's picture

How does that work as far as scholarships go? Do they count a scholarship his freshman year he attends and drop his scholarship for the next 2 years he is not in school until he returns, still having a chance to redshirt if needed in the future?

GO BUCKS!!! *ichigan sucks!!!

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BuckNutChicago's picture

I was just about to post the same question.  Does Inoke still account for 1 of the 85 scholarships while on his mission?

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hetuck's picture

No, because he not enrolled or receiving any benefits. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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BuckNutChicago's picture

Inoke seems like a great guy.  A kid with a path and great morale standards.  I would love that in a son-in-law... hopefully he flips a switch on the football field and has the ability to create a path of destruction for our RBs.

Go Buckeyes!!!

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bd2999's picture

He has played football at this position. If he let guys push him around on the field he would not be highly rated or recruited as he was.

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ShaneFalco's picture

Was Terna not a scholarship recruit?? I don't remember, but he punted in '93-'94 and was from Hawaii.

I read blitz

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hetuck's picture

Read closer. It says recruited scholarship. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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Keyser Soze's picture

No Scott was a walk on that earned a scholarship 

That's how winners play. We convince the other guy he's making all the right moves.

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CincyBuck's picture

I've been to Oahu.  Convincing a kid from Oahu to fly 7-10 hours, across a 6-hour time difference, to Columbus, Ohio, during the depths of winter?  Man...  that is impressive.  Borderline difficult to believe.

Regardless, I hope he loves it here and has tremendous success. 

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armynurseboy's picture

Then again, some kids can't wait to get off the island to the mainland....anywhere on the mainland....

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napbuck's picture

I think with our lack of depth he gets some experience this year along the line to help, he comes back then redshirts to get back into playing shape than has his 3 years to finish out.

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Ohbucksclan20's picture

I skeptical of the two year mission trip, because it gives him two years to change his mind on where to go to school. I hope it doesn't happen, I just wonder if he decides to go to school closer to home after his mission.

Go Bucks!

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Silver_Bullet's picture

This could very well be a sign of Day's closing power.  I can't wait to see how these kinds of needs are filled in the future.  I'm also excited to see if Vimahi brings that cool Haka dance to TOSU's pre-game prep, like was done at Arizona.  

I read an article somewhere (might have been here) saying that his 2 year religious shindig might be reconsidered for a different time after the family evaluates how things get started for him at TOSU.  Anyone else know about this?

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

He was on the sidelines coaching up others while hurt..... Hmmm. Imagine that. I guess that's what a teammate would do.
Interesting young man. He will enrich this team in many ways. We're very fortunate.

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letsgobucks's picture

Very good article! I'm excited to see Vimahi suit up for the S&G as he seems like a very good football player and an even better young man. I am concerned about his body/conditioning as he's away on his 2 year mission trip (depending on where its at). It could be a real challenge for him to get college football ready being away that long. However I also understand some things are more important than football. Glad to have him playing for my favorite team!

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WahooFanChicago's picture

Is our head coach really flying commercial now?

I would have thought he would be flying on a private plane/chartered flight.  If so, he definitely had a lay-flat bed and many of the comforts of home so the out and back red eye thing isn't such a huge deal.  It's not like he's sitting in commercial economy with his knees pressed to his chest listening to the baby next to him screaming all flight. 

What is a huge deal in my opinion is somehow convincing someone from Hawaii to go to school in the Midwest.  Hard enough to do that with a long-standing relationship, seemingly impossible to do in a month or so.   Very impressive. 

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FutureIsBright's picture

I was going to post the same question but you beat me to it .No way he's flying commercial airlines to Hawaii and back .

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Dan Hope's picture

Day actually did fly commercial for his trip to Hawaii and back. His contract only allows for 50 hours of private jet usage for recruiting/business purposes per year, so that's probably why. Even by private jet, a flight from Columbus to Hawaii still takes about 9 hours (I'm not a flight expert, so going off of this source). Do the math, and that means Day would have used more than one-third on his private jet allotment for one recruiting trip. I'm not sure there's any recruiting trip that can justify that.

awlinBrutus's picture

actually I love the beverage service now. since they don't take cash anymore they let you go ahead and buy as many drinks as you want. love it. especially on Spirit Airlines where they charge for everything, no free sodas or coffee on that airline. my fav is JetBlue, service is better than all the others. American airlines on the other hand is the worst, never fly aa.

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wyatt's picture

Flying first class is like flying on a private jet. A good friend who worked for an airline upgraded me once (for free). It's another world up there. I'm always in economy and it's tough even getting water back there sometimes.

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McGrind's picture

Brother is a free agent coming back from his mission...SOGO sign one get one. btw things may have changed but the only ‘work out’ they used to get on a mission was riding their bike. So physically not an advantage but they come back older, wiser and more mature. 

Slightly off topic but if the natty teams continue to pick off the the samoans and islanders this is a near death blow for west coast football...they will all be forced to play air raid and pass every down football. No more student body left...for those that can remember it. 

Justice delayed is justice denied....#FTP

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Homey1970's picture

Regardless if he’s here for four straight years or takes time off for a mission, he’s got great film and looks to have a high ceiling.

Ill take pride in butchering his name as he suits up in the good guy colors.

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BodyBuilderBandDaddy's picture

Quality young man... Great presence

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CowCat's picture

He seems like a great kid. Humble, smart and hard-working. And it's great that he's choosing Ohio State for the quality of our academics.

I understand he's a very religious kid. But I wonder how a 2 year mission would affect his academic career and his football training. Does anyone know the rules around that? Does the NCAA give a waiver for the 2 years?  Also if he redshirts, then goes on his mission for 2 years, we might not see him on the field until 2022.

It's ultimately up to him and his family, but they should carefully weigh things. 

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Ole Buckeye's picture

Nice signing! 

I know he did not go to the Univ of Hawaii, but do you think he could teach our team that awesome Rainbow Warrior dance??

:-)

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SilverHaven's picture

Hey, maybe Bowen the Samoan and Togiai could help out too!

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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MindSurfr's picture

Love that this coaching staff will go the extra mile to recruit a kid who is deserving. But I was scratching my head thinking, isn't this the exact reason why OSU has a private plane for head coaches to use? Doesn't Day have that in his contract like Meyer, Tressel, etc before him? Private planes for "extraordinary" travel... 

I don't want to diminish our coaching staffs efforts but using a private plane doesn't do that. It would just be a different path of effort for the same results... 

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awlinBrutus's picture

Day only has 50 hours a year for private jets. he would have used up a 1/3 just on one recruit so he flew domestic.

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awlinBrutus's picture

The last time i got a 1st class upgrade i bought a wall street journal to read during boarding so people woukd think i belonged there as they walked by, lol

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