Saint Louis DB Kona Moore adds Hawaii to list of offers

Like older brother Kama, who starred at Saint Louis and is playing college football, Kona has the full support of his family. From left (back): Kama, Kela, Bradon and Kona; (front) Kopa and Nina. Courtesy of Kona Moore.

The dominoes are picking up speed as Kona Moore makes the rounds.

The Saint Louis defensive back netted a scholarship offer from Hawaii, adding to his previous offers from Navy, Army and Louisiana-Monroe.

“I like how real and straightforward their coaches are with me,” Moore said of Hawaii. “They just keep it honest. They’re real believers in me.”

Last Friday, the Warriors got a good look at Moore.

“I’m really happy. I had a workout with them. I got to meet the head coach (Todd Graham) and all the other coaches. They were really happy to have me,” Moore said.

If his name sounds familiar, older brother Kama Moore was also a standout defensive back at Saint Louis. He is now entering his sophomore season at Riverside City College (Calif.).

Moore attended a camp at San Jose State on One 13. Nevada is also expressing interest in the 6-foot, 185-pound senior.

“I like it. I got to visit their school. I like their campus,” he said of SJSU. “All their coaches and staff are nice.”

The offer from Louisiana-Monroe is a question mark, Moore added.

“(Coach) Scott Pagano offered me, but he just left,” Moore said of the former Moanalua and Clemson defensive lineman.

Moore has a 3.3 grade-point average. He plans to remove as many distractions as possible as senior year begins.

“I think I’m planning on committing around the start of the season, probably around August. The best thing about committing early is locking in a spot and making sure that no matter what, you’ll have a place to go,” he said.

Moore’s disdain for hype is real. When he learned that Saint Louis landed at No. 30 on the MaxPreps Preseason Top 100, he was less than thrilled.

“I don’t think it really matters to us. We’re just focused on our games,” he said.

He is, however, excited about baby brother Kela, a sophomore at Campbell.

“Definitely, he’s picked things apart by watching me and Kama go through this. He’s bigger than I was. Sophomore year, I was 140 pounds. This guy’s 175 already,” Moore said.

Kona Moore’s Lockdown Staples

Top 3 movies/shows

1. “The Benchwarmers”

2. “All-American”

3. “Grown Ups”

Top 3 food/drink/snack

1. Steak

“Medium rare. My dad makes it.”

2. Meat jun

“Home made by my nana (Pam Moore).”

3. Body Armor, orange mango flavor

Top 3 music artists

1. Lil Baby (ft. 42 Dugg) – “Grace”

2. Roddy Ricch (ft. Lil Dunk) – “Moonwalkin”

3. Drake (ft. Lil Wayne, Tyga) – “The Motto”

New life skill: Healthy food

“I make more healthy eating choices now.”

Shout outs

“Shout out to my family. My parents (Bradon and Nina) and my siblings (Kama, Kela, Kopa) for me with me on this road. And my grandparents (Lei and Kevin Yoshizu, Pam and Bernard Moore). I’m really blessed to help them. Shout out to my workout coaches Kawe Johnson, Marcus Kimura and Kaipo Chong.


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