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Hawaii ramps up its recruiting effort

Kapolei quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa watched the ball tumble away after being strip-sacked by Kahuku’s Miki Ah-You in the state semifinals last year. Ah-You picked up an offer from Hawaii on Tuesday. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Exactly three weeks ago, the University of Hawaii announced the signing of 23 players to its 2017 recruiting class.

Not a single one was home grown.

Fourteen of the 19 local players to sign with a Division I school were offered by the Rainbow Warriors, but with Kahuku’s Kesi Ah-Hoy switching to Oregon State over the final few weeks of the recruiting process, it left Hawaii without a single local signee.

It sure seems like head coach Nick Rolovich and his staff have vowed not to let that happen again. On Tuesday, Hawaii was seen all over Twitter handing out a barrage of offers to a wide-ranging group of prospects in the junior, sophomore and even freshmen classes.

It quickly got noticed by two of the top recruiting analysts in the country.

Kamehameha linebacker/defensive end prospect Jonah Welch was the first to tweet out his offer, followed quickly by Punahou linebacker Maninoa Tufono, who did the same.

We try to update offers as often as we can but it quickly became apparent that this wasn’t going to be a typical day. By the end of it, at least 10 players from Hawaii have been updated in our Hawaii High School Football Recruiting Tracker with offers from UH.

As of now, Hawaii has offered seven of the 13 players with FBS offers from Hawaii in the junior class that we know of. However, after yesterday’s barrage, Hawaii has offered all 10 sophomore and three of the four current freshmen who have received FBS offers that we know of.

The 2019 class is shaping up to be quite an impressive haul. Despite Kapolei QB Taulia Tagovailoa deciding to transfer to a school in Alabama, who knows if he’s back for his senior year? Even without him, the class features one of the top defensive tackles in the country in Saint Louis’ Faatui Tuitele, whose list of 10 offers already includes Washington, Ole Miss, Oregon, UCLA and USC. Tufono, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker for the Buffanblu, quickly added offers from Oregon and Washington State after his initial offer from UH.

Kahuku lineman Enokk Vimahi, whose brother Aliki signed with Utah earlier this month, has quickly increased his profile with offers from USC, Oregon and Nebraska along with BYU, Fresno State and Hawaii.

Two freshmen who added offers from Hawaii are Kahuku defensive back Kaonohi Kaniho, whose brother Kekaula signed with Boise State earlier this month, and Punahou defensive back Alaka’i Gilman, whose brother Alohi started at safety for Navy this past season.

Hawaii High School Football Recruiting Tracker

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