Saint Louis QB Jayden de Laura headed to the Pac-12

Saint Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura (7) is headed to the Pac-12. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

A day after receiving his first Pac-12 offer, Saint Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura is taking advantage of it.

The Crusaders senior announced on social media just now that he has committed to Washington State.

de Laura is the second commit to Washington State from the senior class, joining Punahou’s Alaka’i Gilman. He also had offers from Hawaii, BYU, Western Kentucky and San Diego State.

Through seven games as a senior this season, de Laura has thrown for 1,948 yards and 19 touchdowns with only three picks. He is completing 74.5 percent (126-for-169) of his passes in Saint Louis’ run-and-shoot offense.

He’s also rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns.

Washington State has led the nation in passing in three of the last five years under head coach Mike Leach. The Cougars won a program-record 11 games last season and have been to a bowl game four consecutive years.

The Cougars currently have three players who graduated from Hawaii high schools on their roster — freshman linebacker Peni Naulu (Kapolei), freshman receiver Mitchell Quinn (Saint Louis) and sophomore defensive lineman Christian Mejia (Kailua).

The Cougars currently have three players who graduated from Hawaii high schools on their roster — freshman linebacker Peni Naulu (Kapolei), freshman receiver Mitchell Quinn (Saint Louis) and sophomore defensive lineman Christian Mejia (Kailua).

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  1. Let’s hear it October 2, 2019 11:59 am

    So would Jayden De Laura have been offered by WSU if he stayed at Damien or transferred to Kahuku? I’m sure this was all thought of when he made the decision to transfer to StL. End of the day kids/parents make moves to take care #1 whether you think it throws off the balance of competition. Good for Jaden and his ohana. Congrats!!

  2. 2ndstring October 2, 2019 12:18 pm

    Working daily with Ron and Vinny increases a quarterbacks chance of improving and getting that offer exponentially. Well done!

  3. rrforlifebaby October 2, 2019 12:34 pm

    HMMMM….I’ll wait and see who else offers.

    Glad he’s getting recognition though.


  4. […] Jayden de Laura, the quarterback of No. 6 St. Louis (Honolulu), committed to the Cougars on Wednesday, he tweeted. The three-star didn’t even take 24 full hours to consider the offer, his first from a Power Five program, before committing, according to Hawaii Prep World. […]

  5. Lou October 2, 2019 1:39 pm

    His passes flutters. Better runner then chev and tua . Leach is a pure pocket quarterback whisperer. Try waiting for an offer from Navy.

  6. Kuliouou October 2, 2019 1:59 pm

    I support all local players heading to Division 1. Although part of the Crusader family, I wanted St. John to win vs Mater Dei. I look forward watching Alabama and UCF on Saturday.
    Just to be proud that they are from Hawaii.

  7. Suspense October 2, 2019 4:55 pm

    Be the second qb from Saint Louis (following Jason Gesser) to lead the Cougars to Rose Bowl; even further to the National Champs!

  8. 96739to89 October 2, 2019 7:15 pm

    If Leach gets the talent, he’ll adjust. The great coaches always do. Although, you are spot on about his throws. They are not pretty. Maybe Leach will work on that.

  9. Good Story October 3, 2019 6:45 am

    @Let’s hear it
    Soljay Maiava got an offer from Michigan as a Freshman…talent is talent. Hawaii is on the map.
    Jayden would’ve gotten noticed anywhere.

  10. ??? October 3, 2019 7:01 am

    @ let’s hear it,
    Here we go with that “you need to be at STL to get scholarships” B***S***.
    If you’re good enough they will find you (Period)!
    The easiest way to get DI looks is to pass your S.A.T. Test and be a qualifier for DI before your senior year.
    Coaches watch video and camps/clinics and offer kids scholarships, they don’t have to fly to Hawaii to scout anymore; this is not the 1970’s.

    So stop dissing Damien and public school kids like Gilman, Paama, Kaniho, Tovi, Anae Gabriel, Malepeai, Milton and the list goes on and on.
    Kids, just keep working on your academics and sport and they will find you!!!
    Is Jayden a qualifier??

  11. ILH October 3, 2019 8:48 am

    Yeah, families make moves but do it with integrity.
    That wasnt the case here.


  12. Negativity October 3, 2019 9:44 am

    @ILH sounds like a sour Damien alumni hahaha. Why is there so many negative comments on a kid who is moving on to bigger and better things? Just be happy for them. The only negative is that all the talent is going away from UH. We need some to stay home!!!!

  13. ItIsWhatItIs October 3, 2019 10:09 am

    I don’t care what high school you went to. Once you go to college you represent the 808!! And as a Poly it’s even more special when one of our own make it! Get that degree and change the world young man!! Congrats to you and your family!

  14. Recruited not Rooted October 3, 2019 2:16 pm

    @ Lou “his passes flutter, wait for an offer from Navy…” c’mon man what are you smoking? This kid can spin it and incredibly accurate to boot. You find me five QB’s at ANY level, let alone high school, that have a completion rate of 75% with that many attempts. Hell, you find me one, I’m sure I’ll be waiting a while. And nothing against the naval academy but if you are a QB you don’t go to Navy. Congrats Jayden, well deserved. WSU is a great fit and they just got themselves a gem.

  15. Recruited not Rooted October 3, 2019 2:21 pm

    @??? And yeah if you’re a promising up and coming QB in Hawaii you go to Saint Louis, not Damien, PERIOD!!!

  16. Lou October 3, 2019 4:56 pm

    Bonehead. He did go to Damien. That’s where Cal came slithering on and snatched him.

  17. Let’s hear it October 3, 2019 6:33 pm

    No disrespect to Damien or public schools. Didn’t mean to hit anyone’s nerve. All I’m saying is as a talented prospect it doesn’t hurt your stock to play for a system that has proven to put out D1 QBs for decades. Yes you can play for other schools and go to mainland camps to get exposed but I’m sure there was a reason why it took this long for him to get the PAC-12 offer he was waiting for. Playing under Vinny Passas and starting for a perennial nationally ranked powerhouse can only help your cause. The only other school that produced D1 QB starters of recent is Mililani. As far as Maiava, yes he is an athletic kid who got offered by Michigan as an 8th grader…but why did he leave to a national powerhouse?…exactly. I find it strange that he committed to BYU because he could of done that at Kahuku. I’m sure he developed mentally and learned a lot by playing premium competition. I’m sure all the haters and whiners out there cheer on Tua and take pride and satisfaction that he represents the 808. I’m sure everyone was proud of Mariota when he won the Heisman. Either way my point was these kids and parents make decisions based on what they think is best for them. Stop blaming coaches for recruiting. Happy for all these kids making a name for themselves and the 808 at the next level!! ONE TEAM ONE FIGHT!! Love you all, even the ones that can only see the trees.

  18. Recruited not Rooted October 3, 2019 7:00 pm

    Where’s he at now? That’s what I thought! Still waiting for you to provide me ONE QB in the entire nation at ANY level with as many attempts and a 75% completion rate. The only bonehead here is you giving advice to a QB to go to Navy lol, what an arseclown!!! That’s like sending your kid to Lonzo Ball to learn free throw shooting, still like some of what you’re smoking though.

  19. BuNoLai October 3, 2019 11:09 pm

    Congrats! Very underrated as a passer. Incredible ability to extend plays.

  20. Dr. Phil October 4, 2019 8:23 am

    Not all HS athletes are refined enough to earn a scholarship without some form of good coaching. Some athletes are…most are not. That’s where the comment about going to a program with good coaching comes in. Not many of our HS athletes get LEGIT offers before HS so why not better your chances by going to a school that has a past and current proven track record… It doesn’t have to be Saint Louis for you to get an offer….BUT you can admit that it definitely helps..

  21. 808WARRIORFAN October 18, 2019 10:11 pm

    I sure hope Jayden is making the right decision … just a couple of weeks ago Mike Leach threw his players under the bus by calling them “SOFT & ENTITLED” … sorry Mike Leach but isn’t that YOUR JOB to
    make sure that does not happen … but no … YOU DISH YOU PLAYERS … WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO PLAY FOR A COACH LIKE THAT… I just returned from the Mainland & had a chance to talk to a High School Coach who was in a clinic w/ Leach … he said … “HE IS A STRANGE DUDE” …“““`

  22. LouFaddah October 22, 2019 9:08 am

    My son and 2 nephews all play up there

  23. LouFaddah October 22, 2019 12:32 pm

    although my son played JV for St. Louis this year, he had the pleasure of running routes for Jayden while training with his qb coach on the off season. Surprisingly, that qb coach that was working with Jayden, was not Vinny. Good luck to Jayden as he moves on next year, and good luck to Our boys on chasing that 4peat!!!

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