BLOG: Signing Day 2019

One of the best senior classes ever at Saint Louis participates in a signing day ceremony on Wednesday. Photo by Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser.

Most of the top high school football players in the country will realize their college dreams with the signing of their national letters of intent.

Hawaii Prep World will keep you updated with all of the signings going on from around the state.

Keep up to date with our Hawaii High School Football Recruiting Tracker.

>> Kamehameha’s Ezra Evaimalo stays home while teammate Keola Downing takes his shot at Boise State
>> Farrington’s Faaope Laloulu takes the long, hard road to Eugene


A list of players from Hawaii high schools who signed national letters of intent:
Name H.S. Ht Wt Pos College
Maceal Afaese Kapolei 6-5 265 DL Oregon
Jordan Botelho Saint Louis 6-3 230 LB Notre Dame
Lawai’a Brown Saint Louis 5-11 195 LB Central Michigan
Jayden de Laura Saint Louis 6-0 180 QB Washington State
Ezra Evaimalo Kamehameha 6-2 215 LB/DE Hawaii
Alaka’i Gilman Punahou 5-11 180 DB Stanford
Kilohana Haasenritter Hilo 5-10 1806 ATH Hawaii
Nick Herbig Saint Louis 6-2 215 LB Wisconsin
Muelu Iosefa Mililani 6-3 215 LB California
Shane Kady Mililani 6-3 210 DL Oregon State
Kaonohi Kaniho Kahuku 6-0 180 DB Boise State
Tuipulotu Lai Lahainaluna 6-2 250 DL BYU
Faaope Laloulu Farrington 6-7 390 OL Oregon
Kamo’i Latu Saint Louis 6-0 175 S Utah
Stanley McKenzie Saint Louis 6-2 270 DL California
Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala Campbell 5-10 175 WR/DB Hawaii
Alex Muti Konawaena 6-3 195 DE BYU
Micah Soliai-Howlett Kahuku 6-4 290 OL Hawaii
Matt Sykes Saint Louis 6-4 208 WR UCLA
Roman Wilson Saint Louis 6-0 180 WR Michigan


>> Hear more from Kamehameha’s Ezra Evaimalo, who signed with Hawaii, and Keola Downing, who will walk on at Boise State.

>> Saint Louis has its big ceremony late this morning. Updates below:

>> Hawaii continues to make progress on the local recruiting scene. UH coach Nick Rolovich managed to flip Kahuku offensive lineman Micah Soliai-Howlett from Arizona State and also got the ILH defensive player of the year, Ezra Evaimalo from Kamehameha. UH expects to add at least three more from the islands to its recruiting class.

>> UH also adds Campbell’s Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala.

>> Hawaii isn’t just Oahu, either. The ‘Bows go all the way over to the Big Island to pick up Hilo athlete Kilohana Haasenritter.

>> Stanford manages to flip Punahou’s Alaka’i Gilman from Washington State late in the recruiting process. Gilman officially headed to the Farm.

>> According to 247 Sports, the top four recruits in the state all come from four-time defending state champion Saint Louis. The one traveling the furthest is receiver Roman Wilson, who has officially signed with Michigan. Wilson (6-0, 175) is ranked as the 358th overall prospect in the country.

>> A little interesting here as Utah announces the signing of Kahuku alum Aliki Vimahi to its 2019 class. Vimahi, a defensive lineman, originally signed in 2017 but served his two-year church mission. He was a big get for the Utes with an offer sheet at the time that included BYU, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, UNLV, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Virginia and Washington State.

>> California makes official its two big signing from Hawaii in Saint Louis defensive tackle Stanley McKenzie and Mililani linebacker Muelu Iosefa. Last time Cal signed two guys from Hawaii in the same season was 2015 when the Bears picked up Punahou’s Kanawai Noa and Semisi Uluave.

>> Utah football posts a fun clip of Saint Louis safety Kamo’i Latu, who has signed with the Utes. A few words from defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley.

>> Konawaena’s Alex Muti (6-3, 195) is an interesting prospect at defensive end who has signed with BYU. The Cougars enjoyed their time on the neighbor islands as they also picked up Lahainaluna’s Tuipulotu Lai.

>> The Saint Louis nation tour continues with receiver Matt Sykes sending in his letter to UCLA and Central Michigan signing linebacker Lawai’a Brown.

>> And Oregon make official its second of two signings from Hawaii as Kapolei’s Maceal Afaese is officially a Duck. Oregon using Hawaii to strengthen its trenches in this recruiting class.

>> Mililani defensive end Shane Kady is officially a Beaver. Trojans could have as many as four players sign today.

>> Wisconsin announces the signing of Saint Louis LB Nick Herbig. First Hawaii player to go to Wisconsin since Micah Kapoi out of Kapolei. Herbig (6-2, 215) ranked No. 2 in the state of Hawaii by 247 Sports and is the No. 187 overall recruit in the country.

>> Washington State holds on to Saint Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura, who received a couple of big offers late from USC and Ohio State but will instead get his chance to run that Air Raid offense with coach Mike Leach.

247 Sports has de Laura No. 22 in the class from around the country.

Pac-12 Network’s Yogi Roth on WSU signee Jayden de Laura: “This dude can rip. I call it LTA. Load to Arrival. When you put that back foot in the ground and you’re really to rip the ball gets there.” Says WSU will have three high school QB’s fighting for the starting job and he wouldn’t be surprised if de Laura wins the job.

>> Saint Louis will have its official signing ceremony later this morning on campus, but that hasn’t kept players from sending in their letters early.

Notre Dame announces the signing of linebacker Jordan Botelho (6-3, 230) who is ranked as the top recruit out of the islands in the class of 2020. Botelho is the No. 114 overall recruit in the country according to 247 Sports and is sixth among his position at inside linebacker.

>> Kahuku defensive back Kaonohi Kaniho (Boise State) and offensive lineman Micah Soliai-Howlett (Hawaii) are signing their national letters of intent at a ceremony on campus on the North Shore. Photo credit to KHON’s Christian Shimabuku.

Farrington’s Faaope Laloulu, surrounded by family and friends, signed his national letter of intent with Oregon. Photo by Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser.

>> They didn’t waste any time over at Farrington as offensive lineman Faaope Laloulu signed his letter of intent early Wednesday morning with the Ducks. Laloulu (6-7, 350) had an impressive offer sheet that included Arizona, BYU, Hawaii, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, USC, Virginia and Washington. He is one of two players expected to sign with Oregon today from Hawaii.

>> Quick Tuesday night update. Saint Louis linebacker Darrell Masaniai added a late offer from Air Force. Masaniai is one of the top three uncommitted players from Hawaii along with Mililani LB Bam Amina and Punahou OL Solatoa Moea’i.


  1. To da hale December 18, 2019 7:24 am


    The past is the past, nothing you can do about it except learn from it.

    Be a champion on the field and in life.

    Be great student athlete and rep da 808 with aloha!

  2. To da hale December 18, 2019 1:32 pm

    Good luck to ALL of the players of 2020!

    Play with pride and rep the 808 (on the field and in the classroom)

  3. ItIsWhatItIs December 19, 2019 2:18 pm

    GOD I love signing day!! Good luck to all the boys!! Remember no matter what school you went to, you rep Hawaii on and off the field now.

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