I really wanted to quote Canada’s premiere rock band, the Barenaked Ladies, but their “Two Weeks” is retrospective, not prospective. Either way, we’re two weeks from that action, boss, a fact that is not lost on today’s Countdown subject—CB Kaonohi Kaniho
#14, Kaonohi Kaniho, RS Sophomore, CB
Weight: 180 lbs.
High School: Kahuku HS, Kahuku, Hawaii
How’d he get to the Blue™?
Kaniho was a three-star prospect for ESPN and 247Sports, and was the no. 15 rated prospect in Hawaii (per 247Sports). He made the All-State First Team as a sophomore and then was a captain his senior season. He did suffer a knee injury his senior season of high school but the Broncos still wanted to bring him aboard.
His only other offer was the University of Hawaii
It’s like 4K but runs better
Maybe the Karate Kid of yore, Ralph Macchio? Just me?
Appeared in 10 games, starting the final six. Kaonohi ended up tied for second among Bronco defenders in interceptions (two) and pass breakups (five) while recording 26 tackles (18 solo), including one for-loss. He registered his first career interception in the fourth quarter at BYU, much to our delight.
Kaonohi Kaniho was also named to the Athlon Sports All-Mountain West Preseason 3rd Team.
After stepping right into the rotation and producing in 2021, the sky’s the limit for Kaniho in 2022. With the elder Kaniho departed to test the waters of the NFL, Kaonohi has the opportunity to fully step out from his brother’s shadow and make the Kaniho name his own at Boise State.
With the defense primed for what looks to be a nasty campaign this season, Kaonohi should have a spot in a secondary looking for starting anchors. Along with Caleb Biggers and Tyric LeBeauf, fans could very well be seeing Kaniho 2.0 locking down wide receivers in a starting spot this fall.
Is he on Twitter?
Yep, but he’s more of a retweeter than anything.
Completely made up fact
Kaonohi is a classically trained artiste (specializing in oil paints), and has been working on a series of portraits for the coaching staff.