UNLV football will look for its senior leaders to bolster the safety position heading into 2016 season.
UNLV: A nice-sized defensive back who will look to see his first field action this fall as a redshirt freshman ... One of two players in the class of 2015 who hailed from Hawai`i as he joined his Kahuku teammate Salanoa-Alo Wily in signing with the Rebels ... Named is pronounced "So-lee AH-fah-LAH-vah."
2015: Redshirted season.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Kahuku HS under coach Lee Leslie … Helped the Red Raiders to a 9-3 overall record … Named to the OIA All-Star Red team … Finished with 27 tackles and four sacks and one forced fumble as a senior … Also a three-year letterwinner on the basketball team, was part of the club rugby team and participated with the track team in the 100, 200, 400 and long-jump events.
PERSONAL: Soli Kalai Mitch Afalava was born May 21, 1996, in Honolulu, HI … The son of Mitch and Marvel Afalava … Has two older siblings: one brother, Samala, and one sister, Manaia … Cousin Al Afalava played football at Oregon State from 2005-08.