Utah was Kahuku (Hawaii) receiver Kainoa Carvalho’s first scholarship offer.

And that proved memorable to the 3-star wideout. He announced his commitment to the Utes on Tuesday, saying “I’m home.” Carvalho’s father, Stewart, played running back for the Utes in the late 1990s.


The 5-foot-7, 165-pound wideout does a little bit of everything for his high school. According to Hawaii Prep World, he played as a receiver, a running back, a kick returner, and even a kicker in helping Kahuku capture the state title last fall. For his play, Carvalho earned Hawaii’s offensive player of the year honor.

He rates as a 3-star in the industry-generated 247 Composite. The folks at 247Sports view him as the 97th-best wideout in the 2023 class.

His pledge gives the Utes their 12th known commitment for the 2023 cycle. You can view his highlight tape below, via Hudl: