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Karlie Carlson

By Greg Biggins 

The Polynesian Bowl has announced their first selection to the 2022 Polynesian Bowl, to be held in January 2022 in Honolulu.

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite wide out Tetairoa McMillan has been invited to, and accepted, an invitation to the 2022 Polynesian Bowl. McMillan is currently rated the No. 14 player nationally in the Top247, the No. 2 receiver and the No. 2 player in California as well. 

"This is a huge honor and a blessing for me," McMillan said. "To play in such a prestigious All-American Game in my home state means a lot and it's a great opportunity for me. I'm still learning about the game but it looks dope and I'm really excited about it."

McMillan is originally from Hawaii and has a ton of family that still lives on the Aloha State.

"I can't even count how many relatives I have back home, it's a lot though," McMillan said. "My grandparents are there, I have a lot of aunts, uncles and cousins plus my dad, two sisters and two brothers are all still back there as well.

"Most of them have never seen me play football before. They have seen me play volleyball before but not football so that's something I'm really excited about. It's an exciting opportunity to play in front of all my family for the first time so like I said, I'm just honored and so blessed to be invited and to be the first player invited makes it even more special."

The Polynesian Bowl has become one of the premier high school all-star games in the nation. The celebration of culture and football is what makes the game unique. The 2022 Polynesian Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium on Oahu, Hawaii and televised live on CBS Sports Network.

“The Polynesian Bowl has become the hottest high school football all-star invitation,” said 4x Super Bowl Champion and Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Chairman Jesse Sapolu. “Tetairoa will have an experience of a lifetime.”

McMillan is a special talent and a rare three-sport standout in a day and age where it seems more athletes are specializing in their primary sport. Along with football, he's a legitimate college prospect in volleyball and a starter on the Friars basketball team as well. 

As a sophomore, McMillan caught 65 balls for 851 yards and 12 touchdowns in arguably the toughest league in the country (Trinity League). McMillan is so smooth and makes the game look effortless and you just don’t see many receivers with his kind of body control and fluidity. 

He dominates in jump ball situations, which isn’t surprising because of his volleyball background and he routinely wins jump ball battles over smaller defensive backs. He’s very good off the line, has strong hands and shows off better separation speed then given credit for.

On the recruiting front, McMillan remains wide open in his recruitment but said since the September 1st contact period, he has received calls from Oregon, Clemson , Stanford, Ohio State, Nebraska, USC, UCLA, Florida and Notre Dame.

"I'm open to everyone still," McMillan said. "I'm building relationships with all the schools still and just seeing where I'll fit in the best. I would like to play volleyball in college but that won't be a major part of my decision.

"It's going to be more of a football decision and I'm not close to narrowing anything down right now. I want to take some visits for sure. I haven't really been anywhere, not even to the local schools like USC or UCLA so I know I need to get out and check out everyone before I decide where the best fit for me is."

Here's a look at the first overall selections from the five previous Polynesian Bowls:

2017- Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama/Miami Dolphins) & AJ Epenesa (Iowa/Buffalo Bills) 

2018- Palaie Gaoteote (USC)

2019- Henry To’oto’o (Tennessee) & Taulia Tagovailoa (Maryland)

2020- DJ Uiagalelei (Clemson)

2021- JT Tuimoloau (Un-Committed)