Bush-Loo ready to be part of change

Keoni Bush-Loo

Hawaii athlete Keoni Bush-Loo is excited to be joining Arizona. Read on to see what he says about the changes in Tucson, his role as a Wildcat, and more.

Over his years as a head coach, Rich Rodriguez has had little or no use for a tight end in his offensive system. The opportunity to catch passes down the field used to be non-existent in the spread option attack as tight ends were relegated to blocking defensive ends and linebackers from the first snap to the last.

Well, Rodriguez is looking to reverse that trend in 2012 and Honolulu Kamahameha Secondary School tight end Keoni Bush-Loo will have the first crack at making the tight end spot a contributor for Arizona's new offensive scheme.

"It's pretty exciting to be going to Arizona because coach Rodriguez and coach (Calvin) Magee have some exciting plans for the offense," Bush-Loo said. "They're really going to change some stuff up so it's really cool to be a part of that next year.

"I'm the only tight end they offered after their other tight end decommitted. They want me as a tight end and a H-back and I just have to go in and work hard and compete for playing time."

Even if he doesn't play a single down for the Wildcats, Signing Day will be a special day for the 6-foot-3, 238-pound prospect due to all of the adversity in his life he's faced and overcome.

"It's a big accomplishment for me and my family," Bush-Loo said. "We've been through a lot and we really started out rough. It's a big chapter in my life that I'm going off to college. It's a big blessing that God has given me and it's a big day for me and my family.

"It's really exciting to be signing to Arizona, I can't wait to sign that paper. Just to play Division I football is a blessing. It's always been a goal for me since I was young, so today is a dream come true. I'll always remember it and so I am just going to take it slow, take it all in and have a good time."

While schools such as California, Boise State, and Nebraska had their own things to offer, it was coach Rodriguez's ability to relate to him and his loved ones that led the nation's 63rd best tight end to choose the Wildcats.

"I knew I wanted to be a Wildcat on the last day of my visit," Bush-Loo said. "I went back to my hotel and thought about it and just thought about the pros and cons and thought about it with my family. They really liked it too and I knew that it was the place for me because there were so many positives about it.

"A big thing for me is that it was my family's favorite school. They liked the coaches, they treated them with a lot of respect and they really convinced my dad they're going to take care of me when I go out there by myself. They just made my parents feel like I'm going to be at home."

Many signees around the country have lofty goals filled with accolades and accomplishments, but the three-star tight end prospect is focused primarily on his character and work ethic in his first year as a Wildcat.

"Right now I don't have any personal goals," Bush-Loo said. "I just want to go in in my first year and try my hardest. I want to benefit the team in my first year and just be the best football player I can and get on the field as fast as I can. The coaches tell me I might get on the field my freshman year, so I hope it works out."

As a part of Rodriguez's first recruiting class, Bush-Loo is just looking forward to going along for the ride and being apart of the new culture of Arizona football.

"I had a chance to hang out with the players and they have a lot of big goals," Bush-Loo said. "They have a lot of big goals with a new staff and the coach's goals are to change things down there and go to the Rose Bowl. I'm pretty excited for all of the changes that are going to be happening."

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