The Washington Huskies have already secured commitments from three of the nine Division I committed prospects from Hawaii in the class of 2019, and it might only just be the beginning.
UW, which is 22-5 with one appearance in the College Football Playoff in the last two seasons under head coach Chris Petersen, remains in the running for the top four prospects in the state who are uncommitted.
Punahou inside linebacker Maninoa Tufono, the No. 96 overall prospect in the nation and fifth among inside linebackers according to the recruiting web site 247Sports, narrowed down a list of 39 offers to his top five on Wednesday.
The Huskies are in it, along with UCLA, Southern California, Texas and LSU.
Punadeah👑… hold me a spot in heaven right next to you, I love you💜 pic.twitter.com/OTHHQdVKUp
— 5🌹 (@maninoa_tufono) July 11, 2018
Tufono’s father, Albert, was a linebacker for the Huskies in the mid-1980s and played on a team that beat Oklahoma in the 1985 Orange Bowl.
The Huskies are the only school to make the top five of both Tufono and Saint Louis defensive lineman Faatui Tuitele, who is rated the No. 29 overall prospect in the nation and third among defensive tackles.
The Huskies are also in the hunt for Kahuku offensive lineman Enokk Vimahi, the No. 91 overall prospect, who recently announced his top eight that includes UW along with Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, UCLA, USC and Virginia.
Kapolei offensive lineman Julius Buelow is also reportedly high on the Huskies, listing them in his top four according to a Rivals.com story.
Buelow is 6-foot-8 and 315 pounds with an offer sheet of at least 19 schools. 247Sports lists him No. 206 overall in the nation and 21st among offensive tackles.
UW already has commitments from Kaimuki lineman Sama Pa’ama, Kahuku linebacker Miki Ah You and Punahou kicker Timothy Horn.
The Huskies signed Pearl City defensive lineman Zion Tupuola-Fetui in their 2018 class.
For a complete list of players being recruited, click here.