Dreams for many Hawaii high school seniors will be fulfilled Wednesday when student-athletes are able to put pen to paper and sign national letters of intent to various schools in football, soccer and water polo.
Our Hawaii High School Football Recruiting Tracker will be updated throughout the day.
12:15 p.m.: Read about how faith, family and a conversation with Manti Te’o led Kapolei’s Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa to choose Notre Dame.
12:50 p.m.: Punahou’s Miki Suguturaga woke up this morning still undecided about his college choice.
1:30 p.m.: Kailua’s Christian Mejia took a laid-back approach before signing with Washington State.
3:45 p.m.: Waianae’s Onesimus Lutu-Clarke is at ease after making decision to play at Oregon State.
4:05 p.m.: Kamehameha’s Nakoa Pauole decided on Air Force over his best friend, Alema Kapoi, at Navy.
Another banner year for football recruiting in Hawaii saw Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa commit over the summer to Alabama, where he is already enrolled and taking classes. Tagovailoa is ranked as high as the 20th overall prospect by Bleacher Report and in the top 60 of pretty much every recruiting ranking, making him the highest-rated recruit from the islands since Punahou’s Manti Te’o, who signed with Notre Dame in 2009.
Kamehameha’s Adam Stack, who was rated as the No. 1 kicker in the class by Chris Sailor Kicking, has also enrolled early at Oregon after committing to the Ducks.
The top five uncommitted prospects from Hawaii heading into today are Kapolei DL Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Kahuku DL Aliki Vimahi, Punahou DL Miki Suguturaga, Kapaa OL Morris Unutoa and Kahuku LB Kesi Ah-Hoy.
Hawaii is expecting to get shut out in local recruiting for the first time in more than 20 years.
Tagovailoa-Amosa and Suguturaga, along with Kailua’s Christian Mejia, will announce at an event this morning at the Sheraton Waikiki presented by Education-1st. At least 56 student-athletes have signed up for the event.
We will keep you posted throughout the day as commitments come rolling in, beginning with the event in Waikiki. Unutoa is expected to announce during a ceremony at Kapaa at 9:30 a.m. Kamehameha will also host a ceremony for all of the Warriors’ student-athletes later in the day. Offensive lineman Nakoa Pauole took the surprise out of signing day when he committed to the Air Force on Tuesday.
6:12 a.m.: Our Christian Shimabuku is at the Signing Day event at the Sheraton Waikiki. The namecards have Kailua’s Christian Mejia with a Washington State logo, Kapolei’s Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa with a Notre Dame logo and Punahou’s Miki Suguturaga with a Hawaii logo. Keep in mind this isn’t necessarily final. Last year players had logos on their name cards that did not match with where they eventually signed. Obviously, Suguturaga would be a huge get for the Rainbow Warriors.
6:36 a.m.: Kailua’s Christian Mejia will sign with Washington State over Hawaii.
6:51 a.m.: Kapolei’s Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa will sign with Notre Dame. He will be the first recruit from Hawaii to sign with the Irish since Kahuku’s Kona Schwenke in 2010.
Tagovailoa-Amosa offers: Air Force, Arizona, Army, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Navy, UNLV, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Utah State, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington.
6:52 a.m.: Punahou’s Miki Suguturaga will sign with Utah. They switched out his name card before the start of the program. Suguturaga will join Mililani alum Jordan Agasiva, who signed with the Utes today out of Pima C.C. in Arizona.
Suguturaga offers: Arkansas, Arizona State, Army, BYU, Colorado, Hawaii, UNLV, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington State.
We will have more from all three later this morning.
6:56 a.m.: It is announced that Farrington QB Justin Uahinui will attend Hawaii. Imagine as a walk-on.
7:33 a.m.: Kahuku’s Kesi Ah-Hoy officially signs with Oregon State after committing to Hawaii in December.
7:39 a.m.: Utah lands another one from Hawaii as Aliki Vimahi signs with the Utes.
Vimahi offers: BYU, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, UNLV, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Virginia, Washington State.
7:45 a.m.: Farrington QB Justin Uahinui says he will join UH as a preferred walk-on.
8:13 a.m.: Tagovailoa-Amosa said he talked to former Notre Dame standout and current Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o about committing to the Fighting Irish. Te’o had a big impact on Tagovailoa-Amosa’s decision.
Here’s a photo of the Kamehameha signees.
8:39 a.m.: Vanderbilt announces the signing of ‘Iolani defensive end Jonah Buchanan, who is 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds.
9:37 a.m.: Utah finishes off a monster day in the islands with the commitment of Kapaa offensive lineman Mo Unutoa.
Unutoa offers: BYU, Central Florida, Colorado, Hawaii, UNLV, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington State.
Utah finishes with three of Hawaii’s top six high school recruits in the Class of 2017.
A total of 19 Hawaii high school seniors sign with Division I schools:
Utah (3): OL Mo Unutoa (Kapaa), DL Aliki Vimahi (Kahuku), DL Miki Suguturaga (Punahou)
Oregon State (3): DB Charles Moku Watson (Leilehua), LB Kesi Ah-Hoy (Kahuku), OL Onesimus Lutu-Clarke (Waianae)
Oregon (2): LB Isaac Slade-Matautia (Saint Louis), K Adam Stack (Kamehameha)
San Diego State (2): LB Seyddrick Lakalaka (Punahou), LB/DE Andrew Aleki (Kamehameha)
Vanderbilt (2): LB Feleti Afemui (Maui), DE Jonah Buchanan (‘Iolani)
Air Force (1): DL Nakoa Pauole (Kamehameha)
Alabama (1): QB Tua Tagovailoa (Saint Louis)
Boise State (1): DB Kekaula Kaniho (Kahuku)
BYU (1): OL Mango Finau (Baldwin)
Georgia Tech (1): OL Michael Minihan (Saint Louis)
Notre Dame (1): DL Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa (Kapolei)
Washington State (1): DE Christian Mejia (Kailua)
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11:26 a.m.: Pac-12 Network Analyst Yogi Roth called Utah signee Jordan Agasiva an “absolutely dominant player” on Pac-12 recruiting show. Expects him to play from Day 1 as a guard.