July 18, 2024

OL Houston Kaahaaina-Torres Discusses His Commitment to Nebraska

Houston Kaahaaina-Torres, an offensive lineman from Honolulu’s St. Louis High School, has committed to Nebraska, marking the second consecutive year the Huskers have secured a top lineman from Hawaii.

Kaahaaina-Torres on His Decision

“I believe Nebraska will help me become the best center in the country before I finish college.”

“I admire what coach (Matt) Rhule and the staff are building at Nebraska, and I want to be part of restoring Nebraska football to its former glory. The state and its loyal fans deserve it.”

“Coach Donovan (Raiola) is a tough-love coach with a wealth of knowledge. He’s worked with many talented players, and I know he’ll push me to be my best.”

“This decision hasn’t been easy for me and my family. I’ve formed amazing relationships with many outstanding coaches. Throughout this process, I’ve relied on my family, who have always supported me. My faith is strong, and I trust in God’s plan for me. Beyond the shiny stuff and money, God has placed Nebraska on my heart, and now I must do my part by being obedient and having faith in God’s plan to prosper me.”

“Go Big Red!”

Other Schools in Consideration

Kaahaaina-Torres considered Utah, Arizona State, Michigan State, and Nebraska from nearly 20 offers. He visited Arizona State in April, Michigan State on May 31, Utah on June 15, and Nebraska on June 21.

Nebraska offensive line coach Donovan Raiola, a Hawaii native, played a crucial role in the decision. Raiola, who attended Kamehameha HS in Honolulu, has long been friends with Kaahaaina-Torres and freshman quarterback Dylan Raiola. Ultimately, Nebraska won out.

Recruiting Rankings

Kaahaaina-Torres is ranked as the No. 43 interior offensive lineman nationally and the No. 1 player in Hawaii by composite rankings. 247Sports places him higher at No. 27 nationally among interior linemen and No. 2 in Hawaii for 2025. He has been selected for the 2025 Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando in January.

2025 OL Houston Kaahaaina-Torres Sets Michigan State Official Visit -  Spartans Illustrated

Fit at Nebraska

Kaahaaina-Torres brings versatility, able to play tackle, guard, or center. Nebraska plans to use him as a center, a position he’s focused on this offseason. Following the recruitment of Preston Taumua last year, the Huskers have once again secured one of Hawaii’s top offensive linemen.

Analysis by Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst

Kaahaaina-Torres is among the top interior line prospects. While he plays tackle in high school, he will move inside to guard or center in college. He has strong hands, excellent footwork, balance, and advanced technique. He excels as both a pass protector and run blocker, with a strong lower body to handle bull rushers and the quickness to manage speed rushers. His athleticism allows him to reach the second level and effectively block linebackers and safeties. With his natural skills, physicality, and football IQ, Kaahaaina-Torres is expected to play early and become a multi-year starter for the Huskers.

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