RECRUITING UPDATE: June 13

Former Saint Louis receiver Drew Kobayashi has been granted his release from UC Berkeley and will transfer after spending one season with the Golden Bears. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The holiday weekend was a nice time to get away for a couple of days but there was plenty of news on the recruiting trail so lets get to it.

>> The biggest news once again came from the University of Hawaii, which offered 11-year-old Titan Lacaden, who just recently completed the fifth grade. Lacaden, with a very familiar last name, has an older brother, Jake, who recently retired from football at the University of Nevada due to concussions. His father, Frank, played at Saint Louis in the mid-1980s under Cal Lee and was an assistant coach for the Crusaders for many years. Lacaden plays quarterback and safety and you can see some of his highlights here.

>> The top junior-college prospect with Hawaii ties has made his decision. Copiah-Lincoln C.C. defensive lineman Jonathan Lolohea, a Maui High product who is 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, chose Kansas out of an offer sheet of at least 21 schools, including Arizona, Louisville and TCU. Lolohea made his decision at the end of an official visit to Lawrence, Kansas.


>> Notre Dame, Oregon and LSU have all landed transfers with Hawaii ties this year and another local prospect is looking for a new school. Former California receiver and Saint Louis alumnus Drew Kobayashi announced that he is leaving the Golden Bears program and looking for a new home. Kobayashi spent just one season at Cal after graduating from Saint Louis in 2016 and redshirted. He is no longer listed on the official roster and wrote on his Twitter page, “I’d like to thank everyone here at UC Berkeley that has helped me grow in my first year of college. Thank you to coach Dykes, coach Peeler, and Coach Gru for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to play at Cal. I have received a unconditional release to transfer out of Cal. This has truly been the hardest decision I have ever made. I thank God for guiding me through these times and I am excited to talk to school about my future.”

The Bears fired head coach Sonny Dykes after the season and replaced him with Justin Wilcox, who had previously been the defensive coordinator at both Southern California and Washington.

>> Kamehameha offensive lineman Lokahi Pauole, who is 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, became the 15th known member of the Class of 2019 to land at least one scholarship offer as the Rainbow Warriors made him an offer according to his Twitter page. A total of 23 underclassmen we know about have already landed at least one offer.


>> Kapolei linebacker Kukea Emmsley (6-5, 230) earned the MVP award among defensive lineman at a camp held by Boise State which resulted in an offer from the Broncos, who he called his “dream school.” Emmsley has seven total offers now.

>> The No. 1 prospect out of the ’19 group from Hawaii is Saint Louis defensive lineman Faatui Tuitele (6-3, 270) who earned his fifth scholarship offer — a rare one for Hawaii kids — from South Carolina out of the SEC.

>> Waianae’s Kanai Mauga (6-2, 215) remains the top prospect from the class of 2018 after landing his 11th offer overall and fourth from the Pac-12. The offer came from Utah, which was the big recruiting winner on signing day last February, locking up three of the top prospects from Hawaii.

>> Kahuku’s Samson Reed (6-2, 250) landed offer No. 8 from Virginia.

>> Punahou offensive lineman Alama Uluave (6-4, 275) continues to rise up the recruiting rankings and added an offer from Colorado State to give him nine total, second-most among high school seniors-to-be.


>> In case you missed it, Hawaii offered Saint Louis teammates late last week.

Remember, our Hawaii football recruiting tracker is updated daily.

COMMENTS

  1. Alpha June 13, 2017 9:55 am

    11yr old with offer from UH? Good for the kid but will Rolo even be around? Imagine the pressure this kid has the next 7yrs. Congrats though.


  2. Mahatma Gandhi June 13, 2017 4:20 pm

    Titan Lacaden gotta be related to one “Ernesto Lacaden”, former Waianae LB, OIA West Defensive Player of the Year in 1978. Spearheaded Waianae’s Prep Bowl winning D that year. Tough as nails.


  3. Coach C June 13, 2017 6:54 pm

    Ernesto Lacaden? 1978? Never heard of him, but maybe Titan’s papa is Charles Lacaden, All ILH guard from Farrington 1965ish?


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