Hawaii high school football recruits: a list

Kahuku's Keala Santiago is one of many Hawaii high school football players who have received multiple FBS Division I scholarship offers. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser/Jamm Aquino)
Kahuku’s Keala Santiago is one of many Hawaii high school football players who have received multiple FBS Division I scholarship offers. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Recruiting for Division I FBS college football does not have an offseason. It is a constant. After the Class of 2015 seniors signed their letters of intent in February, a new crop of recruits from the Class of 2016 began to get more attention.

A list of Hawaii high school players being recruited from the class of 2016, with data from Rivals.com, Scout.com, Doris Sullivan of the the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance, Paul Honda of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and HawaiiPrepWorld.com and other sources, is below.

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Oral commitments
>> Hirkley Latu, DB, Kahuku, 6’3, 200: (BYU). Offers: Cal, Oregon State, Utah, Washington State.
>> McKenzie Milton, QB Mililani, 6’0, 170: (Hawaii)
>> Kalakaua Timoteo, WR, Mililani, 6’2, 205: (Hawaii). Offers: Hawaii, Washington State.

Scholarship offers
>> Michael Eletise, OL, Kaiser, 6-4, 302: Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Boston College, California, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Hawaii, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Penn State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, Washington, Washington State.

>> Vavae Malepeai, RB, Mililani, 6’0, 190: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Tulsa, UCLA, USC, Utah, Utah State, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State.

>> Sean Auwae, OL, Kapolei, 6’3, 296: Arizona State, BYU, Hawaii, Idaho State, Louisville, Nevada, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, San Diego State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, Washington, Washington State.

>> Handsome Tanielu, DT, Waianae (Snow College), 6’2, 305: Boise State, BYU, Fresno State, Houston, Kansas, Louisville, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Penn State, Tulsa, Utah State.

>> Drew Kobayashi, WR, Saint Louis, 6’2, 185: Air Force, California, Army, Hawaii, Navy, Nevada, San Diego State, Washington, Washington State.

>> Keala Santiago, DB, Kahuku, 5’11, 187: Army, Colorado, Navy, UNLV.
>> Wayne Taulapapa, RB, Punahou, 6’0, 202: BYU, Colorado, Hawaii, UNLV.

>> Keoni-Kordell Makekau, WR, ‘Iolani, 5’11, 166: Hawaii, Navy, Washington State.
>> Jeremiah Pritchard, LB, Farrington, 6’0, 200: Colorado, Hawaii, UNLV.
>> Ephraim Tuliloa, ATH, Punahou, 6’2, 228: Colorado, UNLV, Southern Utah.
>> Luca Vartic, DB, Konawaena, 6’1, 200: Hawaii, UNLV, Washington State.

>> Nate Herbig, OL, Saint Louis, 6’4, 320: San Diego State, Washington State.
>> Andru Tovi, OL, Mililani, 6’3, 325: San Diego State, Utah State.
>> Thomas Reid, WR, Radford, 6’2, 185: Hawaii, Nevada.

>> Tainoa Foster, LB, Kamehameha, 6’2, 192: Hawaii.
>> Justin Matias, S, Punahou, 6’0, 170: Dartmouth.


  1. turfwar May 26, 2015 5:16 pm

    Good stuff. Hope this can be a constantly updated list.

  2. UH Warriors Fan May 26, 2015 8:21 pm

    Hawaii needs to OFFER more Lineman scholarships. We have the best lineman and UH can’t get the guys under the radar or before they get offers from big D1 schools! They only offer guys with 50 scholarships, which most likely won’t happen. GOODBYE, Peace

  3. Doris PIAA May 26, 2015 8:35 pm

    Good list Nick!

  4. Nick Abramo May 27, 2015 1:18 am

    turfwar: GREAT THINKING. Yes, when we made the list, we were hoping to continue updating it. Hopefully, we can continually update it, to keep the readers informed. … Signed, Citizen Kane (pronounced Ka-Nay)

  5. Nick Abramo May 27, 2015 1:19 am

    thanks Doris … !!!

  6. Hank K May 27, 2015 8:24 am

    I agree with UH Warrior. Those mentioned above represent less than 5% of the talent coming out of Hawaii. This is the real shame. Though PIAA makes it convenient for players to be exposed to college coaches by paying a fee, they also monopolize the market & prevent those “under the radar” players (the rest of the 95%) from any exposure especially on the outer island. PIAA exposure along with the partnership with Hawaii Prep World as a media tool seems to be a perfect combination. However, the majority of the Hawaii players who want to transition to the college level from high school find results indifferent with or without PIAA assistance. With this said, UH SHOULD take advantage of their home territory and develop relationships this majority so they have a rapport with the student prior to other offers.

  7. 808warriorfan May 27, 2015 5:28 pm

    #13, that DT @ 6-2 / 305 is getting offers from some “big name” schools. Unfortunately UH is not one of them and they are shorthanded on the DL…go figure…

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