Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 | 6:47 p.m.
Bishop Gorman High football player Bryson Mook felt like he was back home in Hawaii.
During a recruiting trip to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., last weekend, the defensive lineman immediately noticed how friendly the people appeared to be in the quaint college town.
“Everyone in that community has a warm feeling to them,” Mook said. “Walking through that campus, with everyone waving to each other, it felt like I was back home.”
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound senior committed to NAU on Thursday, picking the Football Championship Subdivision program over an offer from UTEP.
Mook only played one season at Gorman, moving to Southern Nevada from Hawaii after his football team at Word of Life Academy in Oaku folded.
He missed more than half the season with the Gaels after breaking his right fibula in late September. He returned in time for the playoffs and helped Gorman win its second straight state crown.
Rather than complaining about having to move from Hawaii or being forced to spend most of his senior season watching from the sidelines, Mook remained upbeat.
“I always say God has a plan for you,” Mook said. “I was thankful just to have offers.”