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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Reacts to Miami’s Five-Star Commitment

Sports Illustrated logo Sports Illustrated 7/5/2022 Madison Williams
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The 50-year-old actor played for the same college football program.

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Five-star offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa committed to Miami’s football program on Monday, prompting a shoutout from none other than Canes alum Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

On top of Mauigoa’s commitment to the same school that Johnson attended, the Miami commit is also American Samoan like the 50-year-old actor.

“Big BIG news for our @CanesFootball,” Johnson wrote on Tuesday. “Congratulations USO @FrancisMauigoa! You no doubt will make all of us - your AIGA, very proud. Hardest workers in the room. Welcome to THE U. Now the fun part - get to work. @coach_cristobal #humblehungry”


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“Aiga” is Samoan for “family.”

The senior played football in San Bernardino, Cali. his freshman year before transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he continues to play. Mauigoa will join Miami in fall 2023, choosing the school over other major programs like Alabama, USC and Tennessee.

Johnson played defensive tackle for the Hurricanes from 1991 to ’95. In ’91, he helped the team to its third national title. 

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