Riverside Football is proud to announce that freshman offensive lineman, Keli'i Montibon, has decided to accept a scholarship to Oregon State University. Keli'i was one of Riverside's better returning offensive lineman. As a freshman Keli'i helped Riverside to its sixth conference championship in 7 seasons. Montibon was an important part of the offensive line, this past season Montibon was part of an offensive line that saw two 1,000 yard rushers. Seth Acda, 1,031 yards and El Toro Allen, 1,001 yards respectively. Keli'i Montibon earned 1st team all-conference during his freshman campaign and all signs pointed to an even bigger sophomore season. Keli'i will transfer as a freshman and play his remaining 3 years of eligibility in the PAC-12 for Oregon State.
Keli'i Montibon, "RCC football training definitely pushed me to the edge and challenged me to get mentally tougher. The coaches are tough, they push us. They (coaches) know what we are capable of so we can be the best version of ourselves." Keli'i came to RCC with a great attitude and an even better work ethic. Offensive line coach, Mustafa Johnson, "He worked hard, played the game the right way." Coach Johnson continued, "He played thru injuries, he's a tough kid. Keli'i is now reaping the benefits of his hard work." Montibon had several offers to choose from, he received multiple offers from Houston, UCF, and SMU just to name a few. Keli'i was a big target for a lot of schools, especially the PAC-12. Keli'i took several unofficial visits to schools like Utah, USC, and UCLA.
Deciding to leave early was not easy for Montibon, he struggled with the idea all spring. Montibon, "the process of me leaving after one season was a pretty long and rough one that I'm extremely thankful and blessed for." Montibon kept practicing day in and day out while taking trips on the weekends to various schools. Keli'i never took anything for granted and prepared as if he was going to return for his sophomore season. Montibon, "I never lost the faith and trusted God. RCC coaches kept encouraging me and we just kept putting in the work and waited for my time to come. Coach Craft advised me to do what I thought was best for me, and go somewhere where I would be able to compete for the job."
In the end Keli'i Montibon decided Oregon State was the right fit. He felt strongly that he could, "see myself happy there for the next 3-4 years of my life." Montibon said the family environment and the amount of Polynesians there were big factors. "Being a boy from a small town (Hilo, Hawaii) and Corvallis being the same, I really felt at home. The relationships I've built with the coaches and teammates, presented the opportunity that I felt I needed. Riverside has built a strong reputation as the premiere transfer institution across the country. With the focus on academics and the years of coaching experience, Riverside City College will continue to produce more D1 transfers than any other Junior College.