Two-time defending national champion Bishop Gorman in Nevada opens the season ranked third in the MaxPreps Super 25 Preseason Poll.
Why is that relevant here? Two reasons.
First, the Gaels are set to host Hawaii’s defending state champions, the Kahuku Red Raiders, in a much-anticipated showdown Sept. 17 in Nevada.
Bishop Gorman begins the season on 39-game winning streak, which is tied for the fourth-longest mark in the country according to this Max Preps article.
Kahuku is riding a 13-game winning streak heading into Friday’s season opener at Leilehua following last year’s perfect run to a state title under first-year head coach Vavae Tata. The Red Raiders will play the bulk of their regular-season games — five total, including one against current No. 4 Waianae — before making the trip to Nevada.
Second, the Gaels attract some of the top talent around the country every year, including from Hawaii. Senior defensive tackle Haskell Garrett, who has committed to Ohio State, transferred after his freshman year at Saint Louis. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Garrett is the No. 42 overall ranked recruit for the class of 2017 by Scout.com and the third-ranked recruit at his position.
Linebacker Palaie Gaoteote, a junior with at least 17 Division I offers, transferred to Bishop Gorman after playing his freshman season at Mililani. Gaoteote, who is 6-1, 210, is the No. 11 overall recruit for the Class of 2018 and the No. 1-rated outside linebacker by Scout.com.
This season, the Gaels have added offensive lineman Jacob Isaia, who started for ‘Iolani last season. Isaia, who is 6-3 and 260, landed his first offer over the summer from BYU.
Bishop Gorman’s early-season schedule is a whirlwind, beginning with a game at Cedar Hill in Texas. The Gaels will host a team from Florida and travel to California for a game at St. John Bosco, which recently played Saint Louis in Hawaii, before returning home for the game against the Red Raiders.
Bishop Gorman’s defense includes players who have committed to Ohio State, USC, Arizona and UNLV while starting QB Tate Martell (Ohio State), is ranked as the No. 26 overall prospect for the Class of 2017, ahead of Saint Louis QB Tua Tagovailoa (34).