Tuitele narrows list to five

Saint Louis defensive lineman Faatui Tuitele is one of two high school seniors in Hawaii named to the MaxPreps preseason All-American second team. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser

Saint Louis defensive lineman Faatui Tuitele, the state’s most heavily recruited football player, has narrowed his list of schools to five.

Tuitele posted on Twitter that Alabama, Ohio State, Texas, Washington and Clemson are his finalists.

At least count, the 6-3, 270-pound junior had been offered by 39 schools.

They are: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, BYU, California, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Fresno State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas State, LSU, Nebraska, Nevada, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, South Carolina, Stanford, Syracuse, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Among other blue chippers from Hawaii, Duke Clemens of Punahou added Nebraska to his list of offers to up that list to 17. Sophomore teammate Solatoa Moeai also got an offer from the Huskers.

Here is HPW’s latest list: Hawaii Prep World recruiting tracker

Former Kahuku quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava received an offer from BYU.


  1. scfan May 22, 2018 5:40 pm

    Tui, academic wise, USC is ahead of those 5. Plus, they are national championship contenders. Hope you reconsider. CrusaderStrong Fight On!

  2. bamafan May 22, 2018 9:13 pm

    Bama, Ohio State, and Clemson are the top college football programs in this era. USC are pretenders and Texas is still rebuilding. But still awesome to see Hawaii players going to huge programs, do it big out there!

    *cough RTR!

  3. boolakanaka May 23, 2018 8:00 am

    I would have seriously re-considered Stanford, in the last decade they got more players in than NFL than Notre Dame, and above everybody else, by a fair margin, academically.

  4. Kamehameha#1 May 23, 2018 9:41 am

    What is his true mesurments? he was listed at 6′ 4″ 300 lbs now he’s 6′ 3″ 270. What is it?

  5. Kamehameha#1 May 23, 2018 10:05 am

    In all honesty, academic is his fall back! This kid is got NFL written all over him. You can pursue a law degree at Alabama too so why not go to the school that will provide you with the best chances to get there “NFL” Look at Tua, two more years and he’ll be in the NFL. Tua is already predicting to be the #1 draft of the NFL draft. I am not saying that academic is not important! You can always go back to school; your years in the NFL are limited. Just my thought!

  6. Paniolo May 23, 2018 7:05 pm

    I don’t think any University of Hawaii Warrior football fan like myself cares what this kid selections is because he chose a mainland school over our Warrior football team. So his not sports news to local Warrior fans anyway.

  7. ILH May 24, 2018 7:38 am

    Gotta love those die hard Rainbow Warrior fans!!!!

  8. TooMeke June 4, 2018 5:35 am

    SC ahead of UW academically??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!! Gooooooood story.

    UW is the top academic school out of those 5. Having said that, it’s obvious academics is not a key factor considering the other 4 choices… They’re okay academically.

    He’s shooting for Pro’s…and he should…he has all the measurables. Good luck.

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