Saint Louis QB Jayden de Laura adds 2 big-name offers after WSU commitment

Punahou coach Kale Ane shook hands with Saint Louis quarterback Jayden deLaura (7) after the Crusaders beat the Buffanblu 21-14 to win a fifth straight ILH championship. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

When Saint Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura gave an oral commitment to the Washington State Cougars last month, it seemed like the end of the recruiting process.

De Laura, despite never losing a high school game as a starter, had to wait until October to receive his first offer from a Power Five school. A day later, he rewarded that offer with a commitment to head coach Mike Leach and the Cougars.

Things remained quiet for a few weeks, but the last seven days has seen some big-name schools jump into the fray.

Four days after receiving an offer from USC, de Laura revealed on social media on Sunday that one of the most prestigious college football programs in the country wants his services.

De Laura received a scholarship offer from Ohio State.

The Buckeyes currently have six quarterbacks listed on their roster, including their current starter, sophomore Justin Fields. Fields, a transfer from Georgia, would be eligible for the NFL Draft after next season.

Ohio State signed Kahuku offensive lineman Enokk Vimahi in its 2019 recruiting class, so it does already have recruiting ties to the islands.

De Laura remains committed to the Cougars with the early signing period still a month away.

He rushed for two touchdowns in Friday’s 21-14 win over Punahou to improve to 20-0 as a starter for the Crusaders. He also became the 11th different quarterback ever on Oahu to surpass 3,000 passing yards in a season.

This year he has completed 73.4 percent of his passes for 3,073 yards and 26 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. De Laura has also rushed for 280 yards and six scores.

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  1. HailFromDaNorth November 3, 2019 8:40 pm

    He’s the real deal! Very composed QB! He makes big plays. Good luck to where ever you go Jayden! #RR4L #808Represent #NextLevel

  2. Boss November 3, 2019 8:59 pm

    Did Hawai’i offer this talented young man?

  3. Redsox50! November 3, 2019 10:05 pm

    Hawaii did they were the first to offer but I guess he was looking for a bigger than UH

  4. To da hale November 3, 2019 10:32 pm

    Congrats to J.deLaura!

    Wherever you end up, rep the 808 with pride!

  5. Anthony West November 4, 2019 7:37 am

    Ohio state also has Haskell Garrett who was at SL for 7th-9th grade before transferring to Bishop Gorman. Jayden has a offer from UH but why go there when Chevan is hardly getting the reps he deserves.

  6. Boss November 4, 2019 11:38 am

    I think Jay is better than Chevan. He has better vision and throwing arm mechanics. Drop back is better as well. Although same teacher in Vince still totally different styles and talent.

  7. Real talk November 4, 2019 1:14 pm

    Hawai’i loses out on any future QB until they can manage the current QB’s on the roster. Jayden should stick to WSU and run the Air Raid offense.

  8. kapakahi November 4, 2019 5:17 pm

    UH made scholie offer back in May 2018……before Western Kentucky offered in Jan 2019, BYU in June 2019, San Diego State in Aug 2019, Wazzu in early Oct 2019…..before USC & Ohio State offered in the past 2 weeks.

    Not saying who is better but……JMHO that the biggest difference is…..that JD is more a gunslinger than CC……and sometimes throws the ball across his body and/or force a pass to a receiver in tight coverage (on those rare occasions).

  9. StFoaReal November 7, 2019 1:57 pm

    #6 – Delaura trains with another QB coach on his mechanics. Probably why you noticed different mechanics and style. I heard this info watching a game on OC16.

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