Star Wars: Recruiters swarming in

Michael Eletise has 29 FBS scholarship offers, but college coaches are scanning across the entire state for their next potential recruits. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser
Michael Eletise has 29 FBS scholarship offers, but college coaches are scanning across the entire state for their next potential recruits. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

It was William Shakespeare’s Hamlet who once uttered the words, “Perchance to dream.”

The Washington State Cougars are certainly doing that. With this morning’s scholarship offer to ‘Iolani junior wide receiver/kicker Keoni-Kordell Makekau, that makes a total of seven offers to Hawaii football players.

The Cougars are dreaming of a 2015-19 era with QB Tua Taagovailoa (Saint Louis) in the pocket, protected by offensive linemen Michael Eletise (Kaiser) and Toleafoa Sean Auwae (Kapolei), handing the ball to RB Vavae Malepeai (Mililani), spiraling passes to Makekau, with Hirkley Latu (Kahuku) at OLB or S, and CB/S Luca Vartic (Konawaena).

(Note: Tagovailoa is only a sophomore.)

Wazzu, of course, is not the lone dog in the chase. Here’s a look at other FBS programs who want to recruit local players this year.

Colorado (5): Eletise, Tagovailoa, Malepeai, RB Wayne Taulapapa (Punahou), LB Jeremiah Pritchard (Farrington)

Cal (4): Malepeai, WR Drew Kobayashi (Saint Louis), Eletise, Latu.

San Diego State (4): Eletise, Auwae, OL Nate Herbig, Kobayashi.

UNLV (4): Taulapapa, Pritchard, Tagovailoa, Eletise.

Utah (4): Latu, Eletise, Auwae, Tagovailoa.

BYU (3): Latu, Taulapapa, Auwae.

Ole Miss (3): Tagovailoa, Malepeai, Eletise.

Texas Tech (3): Eletise, Tagovailoa, Auwae.

UCLA (3): Tagovailoa, Eletise, Malepeai.

Washington (3): Malepeai, Tagovailoa, Eletise.

Arizona (2): Eletise, Tagovailoa.

Arizona State (2): Auwae, Eletise.

Louisville (2): Eletise, Auwae.

Nebraska (2): Eletise, Tagovailoa.

Nevada (2): Eletise, Malepeai.

Oregon State (2): Eletise, Auwae.

Utah State (2): Malepeai, Eletise.

Boston College (1): Eletise.

Florida State (1): Eletise.

Idaho State (1): Auwae.

Kansas (1): Eletise.

Kansas State (1): Eletise.

Michigan (1): Malepeai.

Mississippi State (1): Eletise.

Missouri (1): Eletise.

North Carolina (1): Eletise.

North Carolina State (1): Eletise.

Oklahoma State (1): Eletise.

Stanford (1): Malepeai.

Tulsa (1): Eletise.

USC (1): Tagovailoa.

Vanderbilt (1): Malepeai.

Of course, the home-state team, the University of Hawaii, hasn’t taken a back seat to any competing coaching staff. The Rainbow Warriors have 13 scholarship offers on the table to current juniors (and Tagovailoa, the sophomore), some of it coming after “Junior Day” last Saturday.

Hawaii (13): Malepeai, WR Kalakaua Timoteo (Mililani), Kobayashi, Tagovailoa, QB McKenzie Milton (Mililani), Eletise, Pritchard, Vartic, Auwae, Taulapapa, WR Thomas Reid (Radford), LB Tainoa Foster (Kamehameha), Latu.


  1. Realist April 17, 2015 1:33 pm

    Mililani’s OL Andru Tovi and WR Kalakaua Timoteo got no offers yet? I’ve seen Tovi do a solid job on Fehoko and Timoteo Beasted in the finals

  2. PinkSushi April 17, 2015 2:14 pm

    Timoteo signed with UH.

  3. ALLAN April 17, 2015 6:21 pm


  4. 808 April 18, 2015 5:23 pm

    Kekoa Sasaoka K Kahuku c/o 2016 reactive do his First Offer from Army Last Month

  5. 808 April 18, 2015 5:25 pm

    Kekoa Sasaoka (K) Kahuku c/o 2016 received his first offer from Army last month

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