Last week, we asked readers who they thought should be among the final 10 or 12 players from Hawaii invited to the 2018 Polynesian Bowl.
The response on social media was overwhelmingly in favor of one player.
Saint Louis inside linebacker Noa Purcell, a defensive player of the year candidate from the unanimous No. 1 team in the state, is the latest invitee to the 2018 Polynesian Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 20 at Aloha Stadium.
A first-team All-State selection as a junior, Purcell has been the leader of the Crusaders defense all season, leading Saint Louis to a perfect 7-0 record heading into the second round of the ILH.
Purcell had three tackles for loss, forced a fumble, and intercepted a pass in a 40-20 win over Punahou last week.
The 5-foot-11, 230-pound senior, who holds a scholarship offer from Fresno State, is the fifth Crusader selected to the game, joining quarterback Chevan Cordeiro, receiver Jonah Panoke and defensive backs Kama Moore and Isaiah Tufaga.
Nineteen players from Hawaii have now been selected for the annual all-star game with the 20th selection announced tonight on Cover2: Hawaii High School Football Weekly at 9:30 p.m. on KHON2.
If there’s a player you think deserves to be invited to the game that hasn’t already, continue to comment on last week’s post here.
For a complete list of players selected, check out our Polynesian Bowl page.