When the recruiting web site 247sports.com released its first recruiting rankings for the class of 2019, Saint Louis’ Faatui Tuitele, Kahuku’s Enokk Vimahi and Punahou’s Maninoa Tufono were all placed in the top 100 overall.
Schools have flocked to bid for the services of all three, with the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Tuitele receiving his 17th offer on Monday from California.
Tufono and Vimahi each have nine offers including Oregon, USC, UCLA and Utah.
The “Big Three” of the class are all doing well, but it’s getting close to being time to add a fourth player to the soon-to-be named “Big Four.”
Kapolei offensive lineman Julius Buelow, who is now 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds according to Hurricanes coach Darren Hernandez, was an offensive standout at the recently completed All-Poly camp and has picked up offers from New Mexico and Utah State in recent days.
With the Lobos and Aggies on board, Buelow, who played for Damien last season, now finds himself second in the class with 11 total offers. They are: Arizona State, BYU, Fresno State, Hawaii, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Utah State, Washington State.
Both Rivals and Scout have yet to release their 2019 recruiting rankings.
Buelow is one of 16 players who will be juniors in the fall who already hold at least one scholarship offer. By contrast, a total of 20 and 21 players respectively signed letters of intent with Division I schools in 2016 and 2017.
The class of 2019 lost a significant player when quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa of Kapolei transferred to a school in Alabama. Hernandez is doing just fine, however, with six players expected to be on his roster in the fall holding Division I offers already.
Of the 51 players holding at least one offer, 27 will be seniors.
In a breakdown of offers by school, Kapolei ranks fourth overall behind Saint Louis (12), Kahuku (11) and Punahou (nine).
Saint Louis, 12
St. Francis, 1
Pearl City, 1