The Hawaii Warriors have picked up a big verbal commitment in Modesto, Calif., quarterback Aaron Zwahlen. Zwahlen measures out as 6-foot-3, 195 pounds and as a junior he threw for 2,924 yards, 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions which earned him to be named to be on the first team all-league selection. Zwahlen also runs the 200 meter for the track team with a time of 23.4 seconds, so he has some mobility even though he is primarly a pocket-passer.
Getting a verbal commitment from Zwahlen is huge for Hawaii since he is ranked in the ESPN's top 300 and No. 153 overall, and as a four-star player. However, Scout gives Zwahlen a two-star grade, Rivals has not evaluated him and neither does 247Sports.
Over the past few months, Zwahlen participated in various camps including the Elite 11 camp in Oakland and a camp at BYU to up his stock. Hawaii was his only offer but he was a rising prospect and had interest from various schools: Boise State, Idaho, Utah, San Diego State, Texas Tech, BYU, Washington State, Oregon State and Duke.
He ultimately chose Hawaii because he said it "felt like home." Another consideration could be that his father played under Hawaii head coach Norm Chow at BYU.
Here is what ESPN recruiting says about Zwahlen:
Zwahlen in our opinion has been the most undervalued and overlooked quarterback prospect in the 2013 class. This is potentially an elite passer down the road with the measurables, arm strength and accuracy to blossom into a BCS starter with a high level of production. He has very good height and a wiry, but well-built frame that is only going to grow and could develop into a 225-230 pounder in time. His release and arm power are on pace to be in the elite category down the road. He can make every throw on the field -- even some when his feet are not set with a quick release. He can put a lot of velocity on the ball when he needs to and fit the ball into some tight creases in coverage. Is primarily a shotgun passer. Is a good athlete, not great. Shows good pocket movement and savvy to elude and buy a second passing chance. He is a tough guy to sack, not only because of his quick feet, but he also gets the ball out extremely fast. Can beat the rush with his arm. He has a quick set, terrific feel for the pocket around him.
Here are highlights from Zwahlen's junior year:
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