Tuitele, Tufono named preseason All-Americans

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 tackle Faatui Tuitele and Punahou linebacker Maninoa Tufono were named to MaxPreps’ preseason All-American second team today.

Tuitele is listed at 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds by MaxPreps entering the season. The Crusaders, ranked No. 12 in the first MaxPreps rankings, also made the website’s list of top 10 games in 2018.

An Aug. 17 meeting at Aloha Stadium against Narbonne (Calif.) at Aloha Stadium in a rematch of last year’s 56-50 shootout win by the Crusaders was ranked as the 10th-biggest game of the season.

Former Kapolei quarterback and Alabama commit Taulia Tagovailoa, now a senior at Thompson Academy, also made the second team.

For the full list of first- and second-teamers, click here.


  1. Paniolo July 25, 2018 6:16 am

    There is a “fat chance” that Warrior football head coach Nick Rolovich and his staff can persuade Faatui Tuitele and Maninoa Tufono to say home and play for their State University. Although it would be awesome if they stayed home to build a University of Hawaii Warrior football team champion for Hawaii…”Fat chance.”

  2. HI HS FAN July 25, 2018 9:19 am

    BTW, Sol Jay Maiava, former Kahuku QB, was named to the second team in the MaxPreps HS Football Preseason Jr. All-American Team. He is now at St. John’s Washington, DC). One of the first team QB’s is DJ Uiagaleilei, of St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA). Mililani will get first hand look at him when they meet on August 31, in CA. St. John Bosco is the preseason No. 1 rated team by MaxPreps. St. Louis’ Jordan Bothelo is on the second team of the MaxPreps HS Jr. All-American team, too. Congratulations to Sol Jay and Jordan. Also, good luck to Mililani.

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