Julius Buelow has returned to the neighborhood.
The 6-foot-7, 292-pound sophomore has transferred from Damien to Kapolei, his district school. He enrolled at Kapolei during the winter and will play football this fall for the Hurricanes. Buelow has scholarship offers from Hawaii, BYU and Oregon State.
Kapolei, which plays in OIA Division I (and is eligible for Open Division), makes it a shorter commute for Buelow. Damien plays football in Division II of the ILH.
“He’s off the charts, a 3.7 GPA, and a great kid,” Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez texted. “Brian Derby said he has enormous potential as an offensive tackle.”
Buelow will join a group of returnees that includes linebackers Kukea Emmsley (Navy, Oregon State) and Rocky Savea (Oregon State, Texas Tech). Emmsley (6-5, 230) collected both offers within the past week and was also at Damien before transferring after his sophomore season (2015).
Savea, now 6-2 and 225 pounds, was hindered by multiple injuries last season, but is making a healthy recovery.
“Rocky is doing great,” Hernandez said.
Second-team all-state quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa is expected to move with his family to Alabama in the offseason. The sophomore has offers from Alabama, Hawaii, Oregon and Utah. His older brother, first-team all-state QB Tua, is already enrolled with the Crimson Tide this spring.