HAWAII GROWN: Kahuku alum Hirkley Latu enters transfer portal

Linebacker Hirkley Latu helped Kahuku win the state title in 2015. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Brigham Young freshman linebacker Hirkley Latu, who helped Kahuku win a state championship as a senior in 2015, announced on social media today he will transfer and has entered the transfer portal.

Latu served a two-year church mission after high school and redshired in 2018 upon his return. He was a member of the scout team and did not play in a game.

A first-team Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selection at linebacker as a senior, Latu committed to BYU over offers from California, Hawaii, Oregon State, Utah, Utah State and Washington State.

He is currently listed on the BYU roster as a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive lineman.

Earlier this week, former Oregon State linebacker Isaiah Tufaga decided to transfer and 24 hours later had committed to Hawaii.


  1. ??? August 23, 2019 12:08 pm


  2. 88 August 23, 2019 12:55 pm

    I hope this decision is based on education rather than playing time… Too many of our young men choose playing time over education.

  3. rrforlifebaby August 23, 2019 1:09 pm

    Come on home Hirkley! Need more Red Raiders repping for the Home Team!! But wherever you end up, best wishes for you!!


  4. HI HS FAN August 23, 2019 1:56 pm

    Hmm? Seems like something going on. Players participate in Spring and Summer practices then decide to transfer just before the season starts. Not only local players , but all over the nation.

  5. Coach C August 23, 2019 4:39 pm

    Samething happening in HS. Mililani got a bunch of 1St year Seniors? STl. Is so stacked, good underclassmen would not see playing time. Saban theory, if the best recruits play for me, they cannot beat me on the other team.

  6. Tokotoko August 23, 2019 5:05 pm

    Would love to see Latu in a Rainbow Warrior uniform. However, I’d first like to see him make the most of his opportunities in Provo, before transferring out. After all, not many players have the chance to be a 21 yr old RS-Freshman.
    Good luck

  7. Frank August 23, 2019 7:38 pm

    Grad from ILH as a 19yr old senior…sit out your first year in college as you turn 20. Play the following year as a redshirt freshman when you are 21….duh!!!

  8. Simple Simon August 23, 2019 8:50 pm

    Who in their right mind would transfer to UH? What a bad move if he does.

  9. kapakahi August 24, 2019 5:48 am

    Having played exclusively as a stand-up hybrid OLB/SS back when he was 1st team All-State for Kahuku (when he was a lot lighter), it would seem that now lining up as a down DE in BYU’s 4-man front isn’t a good fit for Latu’s skill set.

    With Utah also playing a 4-man front with bookend down DEs (with North Shore boys Bradlee Anae & Mika Tafua as the projected starting Ute DEs this season), UH’s hybrid DE/OLB position (played by outgoing senior Kaimana Padello)……which requires a player to sometimes line-up as a down DE…..then other times as a stand-up OLB……would seem to be a better fit for Latu’s skill set……and maybe not such a bad move for Latu going forward after all.

  10. Former Red Raider from the 60's! August 24, 2019 3:45 pm

    Doesn’t everybody know that BYU will be dropping their Football Program in the.near future?

    You’d be better off transferring to a program that needs your skills, knowledge and talent. UH Warriors program is not a good fit. Now the University of Virginia might be a good fit. Robert Anae and Mark Atuia is on their Coaching Staff.

  11. 808warriorfan September 10, 2019 2:20 pm

    It’s called … The University of Hawaii at Manoa … T-H-E RAINBOW WARRIORS … come home Brah

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