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Nua, who was born in Hawaii and has had several family members attend the university, has not received an offer yet from the Warriors.
He said he has also received interest from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire but is leaning toward Hawaii.
"I know a lot about Hawaii's program and I like it," Nua said. "Really, though, I just want to go to a school that wants me to play. I want to get a good education and I still have fun playing football so I want to go anywhere where I can do both."
Hawaii, where former Silverado defensive coordinator Tony Tuioti now works as the university's director of player personnel, has already dipped into the local talent pool to pick up Silverado cornerback and punt-returner Michael Wadsworth.
Liberty coach Lou Markouzis said Nua has the right combination of attributes to be an effective middle linebacker in a Division-I program but added that with Nua's frame he could be converted over time to a fearsome defensive lineman or even a tight end.
"It really depends on the system he get brought into but he can grow into whatever role they need him for," Markouzis said. "Sage was a rock that our defense could lean on when they need to. He meant a lot to this program."
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