HAWAII GROWN: More than 100 players from Hawaii on Division I rosters

Kahuku's Hirkley Latu, Keala Santiago and Bradlee Anae all signed their letters of intent in high school in 2016. Latu is in the process of transferring from BYU while Santiago is at Utah with Anae, who is now a fourth-year senior and a first-team, All-Pac-12 defensive lineman. Photo by Nick Abramo/Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Grown Report returns for another year at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser starting in Wednesday’s newspaper with a profile on Utah senior Bradlee Anae, a first-team, All-Pac-12 defensive lineman from Kahuku for the 10th-ranked Utes, who are the preseason favorites to win the conference.

Anae is one of five players who graduated from high school in Hawaii on the Utah roster. The Utes are one of 37 FBS teams with at least one player from Hawaii.

Below is a list of the 87 players from Hawaii high schools on a D-I mainland roster (not including the University of Hawaii). There are also 33 players currently listed on the rosters of FCS schools. They are also listed below.


Hawaii Prep World and the Star-Advertiser will provide updates on these kids throughout the football season.

DIVISION I-FBS

AIR FORCE FALCONS
Nakoa Pauole (Kamehameha ’17) 6-2, 275, So, DL

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
Tua Tagovailoa (Saint Louis ’17) 6-1, 218, Jr, QB
Drew Kobayashi (Saint Louis ’15) 6-2, 200, Jr, WR

ARIZONA WILDCATS
Thomas Reid (Radford ’16) 6-2, 205, Jr, WR

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
Ben Scott (Saint Louis ’19) 6-5, 291, Fr, OL

BOISE STATE BRONCOS
Kekaula Kaniho (Kahuku ’17) 5-10, 182, Jr, S
Kukea Emmsley (Kapolei ’18) 6-5, 253, Fr, DE
Dalton Lins (Lahainaluna ’18) 6-1, 289, Fr, OL

BYU COUGARS
Jared Kapisi (Maui ’14) 6-0, 195, Jr, DB
Mo Unutoa (Kapaa ’17) 6-5, 304, So, OL

BUFFALO BULLS
Atunaisa Vainikolo (Maui ’15) 6-2, 275, Jr, DL

FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS
Netane Muti (Leilehua ’16) 6-3, 307, Jr, OL
Micah Pasion (Kamehameha ’19) 6-3, 209, Fr, TE

GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS
Mikey Minihan (Saint Louis ’17) 6-3, 297, So, OL

KANSAS JAYHAWKS
Andru Tovi (Mililani ’16) 6-3, 310, Sr, OL

LSU TIGERS
Breiden Fehoko (Farrington ’15) 6-2, 291, Sr, DL

MEMPHIS TIGERS
Joey Bryant (Saint Louis ‘09) 6-1, 180, Sr, DB

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN
Keoni-Kordell Makekau (‘Iolani ’16) 5-11, 175, Jr, SB
Trent Shiraki (Punahou ’19) 6-2, 215, Fr, LB

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
Kanawai Noa (Punahou ‘15) 6-0, 200, Sr, WR

NEVADA WOLF PACK
Terrell Johnson (Campbell ’16) 6-1, 200, Jr, RB
Tristan Nichols (Saint Louis ’18) 6-4, 240, So, DT

NEW MEXICO LOBOS
Alexander Vainikolo (Maui ’16) 6-0, 246, Sr, LB
Radson Jang (Kamehameha ’16) 6-1, 270, So, OL

NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
Alohi Gilman (Kahuku ’15) 5-11, 202, Sr, S
Marist Liufau (Punahou ’19) 6-2, 213, Fr, LB
Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa (Kapolei ’17), 6-3, 285, Jr, DL

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Enokk Vimahi (Kahuku ’19) 6-4, 270, Fr, OL

OREGON DUCKS
Isaac Slade-Matautia (Saint Louis ’17) 6-1, 235, So, LB
Matt Mariota (Saint Louis ’15) 6-2, 208, Sr, TE
Peyton Yanagi (Saint Louis ’18) 5-9, 191, Fr, LS
Matt Christman (Punahou ’15) 6-2, 254, Sr, LB
Sione Kava (Kalani ’16) 6-6, 279, Sr, DL

OREGON STATE BEAVERS
Moku Watson (Leilehua ’17) 6-2, 187, So, DB
Kanoa Shannon (Kamehameha ’18) 5-9, 177, Fr, RB
Keli’i Montibon (KS-Hawaii ’15) 6-2, 291, Jr, OL
Onesimus Clarke (Waianae ’17) 6-4, 310, So, OL
LaMone Williams (Kahuku ’14) 6-3, 277, Sr, DL
Alexander Skelton (Punahou ’17) 6-1, 290, So, DL

SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS
Andrew Aleki (Kamehameha ’17) 6-3, 230, Jr, LB
Seyddrick Lakalaka (Punahou ’17) 6-1, 230, So, LB
Alama Uluave (Punahou ’18) 6-2, 300, So, OL
Liloa Kapiko (Saint Louis ’19) 6-5, 235, Fr, DL

SMU MUSTANGS
Pono Davis (KS-Hawaii ’15) 6-2, 298, Sr, DT

STANFORD CARDINAL
Jet Toner (Punahou ’16) 6-4, 199, Sr, K

TEMPLE OWLS
Joseph Hooper (KS-Hawaii ‘17) 6-3, 295, Jr, OL

UCF KNIGHTS
McKenzie Milton (Mililani ’16) 5-11, 185, Sr, QB
Dillon Gabriel (Mililani ’19) 6-0, 186, Fr, QB
Lokahi Pauole (Kamehameha ’19) 6-4, 320, Fr, OL


UCLA BRUINS
Sitiveni Kaufusi (Punahou ’19) 6-2, 261, Fr, RB
Duke Clemens (Punahou ’19) 6-3, 267, Fr, OL

UNLV REBELS
Soli Afalava (Kahuku ’15) 6-2, 215, Sr, DB
Avery Miguel (Waimea ’18) 5-9, 170, Fr, RB
Nathaniel Oishi (‘Iolani ’15) 5-10, 285, Sr, OL
Leif Fautanu (University ’19) 6-2, 315, Fr, OL

USC TROJANS
Kaulana Makaula (Punahou ’19) 6-3, 190, Fr, S
Kana’i Mauga (Waianae ’18) 6-2, 240, So, LB
Vavae Malepeai (Mililani ’16) 6-0, 220, Jr, RB
Maninoa Tufono (Punahou ’19) 6-3, 235, Fr, LB
Jordan Iosefa (Saint Louis ’16) 6-2, 230, Sr, LB
Gino Quinones (Saint Louis ’19) 6-3, 280, Fr, OL

UTAH UTES
Bradlee Anae (Kahuku ’16) 6-3, 265, Sr, DE
Malik Haynes (Kahuku ’15) 6-2, 250, Sr, DE
Keala Santiago (Kahuku ’16) 5-11, 207, Jr, DB
Miki Suguturaga (Punahou ’17) 6-4, 257, Fr, DE
Mika Tafua (Kamehameha ’15) 6-3, 258, So, DE

UTAH STATE AGGIES
Enoch Nawahine (Kahuku ’18) 6-1, 195, Fr, RB
Hale Motu’apuaka (Punahou ’18) 6-2, 285, Fr, DT

UTEP MINERS
Jimmy Quemado (Saint Louis ’16) 5-11, 260, Sr, DL

UTSA ROADRUNNERS
Ahofitu Maka (Punahou ‘18) 6-3, 320, So, OC

VANDERBILT COMMODORES
Feleti Afemui (Maui ’17) 6-3, 240, So, LB
Sean McMoore (Kapolei ’16) 6-4, 292, Jr, OL
Jonah Buchanan (‘Iolani ’17) 6-4, 285, So, OL

VIRGINIA CAVALIERS
Aaron Faumui (Kapolei ‘18) 6-1, 285, So, DL
Micah Mariteragi (Kahuku ‘18) 6-3, 285, Fr, OL
Samson Reed (Kahuku ‘18) 6-2, 275, Fr, DL
Wayne Taulapapa (Punahou ‘16) 5-9, 210, So, RB

WASHINGTON HUSKIES
Miki Ah You (Kahuku ’19) 6-1, 215, Fr, LB
Tim Horn (Punahou ’19) 6-2, 211, Fr, PK
Sama Paama (Kaimuki ’19) 6-4, 347, Fr, DL
Zion Tupuola-Fetui (Pearl City ’18) 6-3, 266, Fr, LB
Julius Buelow (Kapolei ’19) 6-8, 342, Fr, OL
Fatu Sua-Godinet (Kamehameha ’16) 5-11, 190, Jr, WR
Faatui Tuitele (Saint Louis ’19) 6-3, 300, Fr, DL

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
Peni Naulu (Kapolei ’19) 6-2, 215, Fr, LB
Mitchell Quinn (Saint Louis ’18) 5-11, 170, Fr, WR
Christian Mejia (Kailua ’17) 6-3, 270, So, DL

DIVISION I-FCS

COLUMBIA LIONS
Alex Thompson (Punahou, ‘19) 6-0, 190, Fr., WR

DARTMOUTH BIG GREEN
Chris Sykes (Saint Louis ‘18) 6-3, 205, So. WR

EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS
Aaron Miller (Saint Louis ‘16) 6-5, 290, Jr, OL

FORDHAM RAMS
Antonio Cortez Feria (Punahou ‘18) 5-10, 200, So, RB

IDAHO STATE BENGALS
Jack Tufono (Punahou ‘17) 6-4, 275,So, OL

LAMAR CARDINALS
Tamatoa Neher (Kahuku ’16) 6-2, 305, Sr, OL

MONTANA GRIZZLIES
Caine Fitiausi-Fung (Roosevelt) 6-1, 197, Fr., LB
Marcus Hee (Roosevelt ’19) 5-10, 178, Fr, S
Soane Vaohea (Maui ’17) 6-0, 228, Jr., LB

NORFOLK STATE SPARTANS
Demetrius Harp (Leilehua ‘16) 5-8, 160, Jr, DB

NORTH CAROLINA A&T AGGIES
Rio Claytor (Mililani ’19) 6-4, 275, Fr., OL

NORTHERN ARIZONA LUMBERJACKS
Jonathan Lolohea (Lahainaluna ’15) 6-2, 300, Sr., DL

PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS
Ty Apana-Purcell (Mililani ’17) 5-9, 185, Jr., S
Kennedy Freeman (Punahou ’19) 6-2, 240, Fr., DL

PRINCETON TIGERS
Andrei Iosivas (Punahou ‘18) 6-4, 190, So., WR
Tamatoa Falatea (Punahou ’19) 6-1, 180, Fr., WR
Blake Feigenspan (Punahou ’19) 6-4, 290, Fr., OL

ROBERT MORRIS COLONIALS
Supilani Mailei (St. Francis ’17) 6-1, 295, Jr, DL
Ezra Tupuola (Kahuku ’17) 6-0, 308, So, DL

SAN DIEGO TOREROS
Kama Kamaka (Kamehameha ‘17) 6-1, 210, Jr, DB


SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA LIONS
Tainano Gaulua (Farrington ‘17) 6-2, 280, So, DL
Feletoa Ailua (Waianae ‘17) 6-2, 290, So, DL

SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS
Austin Ewing (Konawaena ‘18) 6-1, 185, So, QB
Akili Gray (Kamehameha ’16) 5-11, 183, Jr., S
Jedediah Lulu (Saint Louis ‘17) 6-0, 220, Jr., LB
Judd Cockett (Punahou ‘17) 5-11, 171, Jr, WR
Jathen Chaffin (Farrington ‘16) 6-2, 190, Jr, WR
Marcus Faufata-Pedrina (Damien ‘18) 5-9, 195, So, WR
Kotoni Sekona (Punahou ‘18) 6-1, 245, So., DL
Makoa Close (Saint Louis ’19) 6-1, 190, Fr., WR
Kana’i Eldredge (Punahou ’19) 6-0, 290, Fr., OL
Laakea Kahoohanohano-Davis (Baldwin ’17) 6-1, 215, So., S
Kekoa Sasaoka (Kahuku ’16) 5-11, 230, Jr, PK

COMMENTS

  1. Bob September 16, 2019 12:32 pm

    I dont c taulia tagovailia


  2. kapakahi September 16, 2019 12:45 pm

    Looks like only Hawaii HS grads listed. Taulia probably not listed since he graduated from Thompson HS (Mobile, AL).


  3. ??? September 16, 2019 2:05 pm

    HAWAII Football Boy’s Representing the 808 Well..


  4. J-Dog September 16, 2019 3:31 pm

    Don’t understand why exclude UH?


  5. Justin September 16, 2019 8:10 pm

    You forgot to add Treven Maae & McKenzie Milton is a junior.


  6. Billy Hull September 16, 2019 8:56 pm

    Milton played three years already so he’s a senior (hard to belive!) and Maae graduated from Bishop Gorman. Only H.S. grads so hence no Taulia Tagovailoa or Sol-Jay Maiava next year. That’s just how we designate “Hawaii Grown” kids or else it would get too crazy trying to track all these kids who moved.

    But thanks guys for reading and if you notice any omissions, please let me know. Googled every FBS and FCS roster, so you can imagine how much time it took. Could have easily overlooked someone.


  7. UH supporter--Bleed Green... September 16, 2019 11:32 pm

    I agree with J-Dog, please include University of Hawaii players…….Defend Pride Rock


  8. Ricky Daley September 17, 2019 5:39 am

    Hey Billy Hull. I need your email. I wanted to report some stats from some Hometown heroes. I am the WR coach here at Pacific Lutheran University (D-III) in Tacoma, WA. I graduated from Roosevelt HS in 1993 and I wanted to report on our 808 boys here at PLU.

    * Chase Rhinelander (OLB) (KSK’17) led the team with 14 tackles including 1.5 tackles for loss.

    * Shaun Kim (FS) (Kaiser ’17) recorded 7 tackles.

    * Jared Elwin (CB) (Roosevelt ’18) recorded 6 tackles.

    * Mykah Tuiolemotu (DL) (Mililani ’19) recoded 4 tackles including 2 sacks and 2 TFL’s.

    * Cheyn Tam-Switzer (CB/SS) (Waiakea ’19) had 1 tackle 1 PBU and a game saving interception to seal the deal.

    * Alex Brost (K/P) (Hawaii Prep ’16) – Made 1 of 2 Fg’s and coverted 2 point after tries. Alex also had 5 punts for 192 yards with a long 49 yards. He also had 3 tackles while covering the kickoff.

    * Ryan Chang (WR) (Mililani ’19) – Had 1 kick off return for 18 yards. Started at WR but did not record a catch.

    * La’akea Ane (TE/FB) (KSK ’19) had 1 carry for 2 yards

    * Colin Chun (OL) (Kaiser ’17) -started at Guard for the Lutes.

    *Pacific Lutheran University 17
    California Lutheran University 10 * Game played 9/14. Season opener for both teams.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 808-232-6499 or by email at daleyro@plu.edu


  9. JimmyBoy84 September 17, 2019 7:20 am

    Tuli Wily-Matagi – Oregon State (Kahuku)


  10. Billy Hull September 17, 2019 9:25 am

    He retired in August for personal reasons.


  11. Billy Hull September 17, 2019 10:14 am

    “Hawaii Grown” is our little section at the Star-Advertiser in which we focus on kids from here playing sports on the mainland. We have beat writers for all of the main UH sports and do stories daily on the home team.


  12. ??? September 17, 2019 8:07 pm

    Billy,
    When are you going to do a TRUE story on OIA transfers & ILH recruiting in the state of Hawaii and the challenge’s & benefits of it?


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