UH looking at local recruiting shutout

Kesi Ah-Hoy will decide between Hawaii and Oregon State early Wednesday morning. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser
Kesi Ah-Hoy will decide between Hawaii and Oregon State early Wednesday morning. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser

With the clock ticking down Wednesday’s morning’s signing day, the list of local products to stay home and play for Hawaii appears to hinge on Kahuku standout Kesi Ah-Hoy.

Ah-Hoy originally had the Warriors first on his list before entertaining offers from Oregon State. He is expected to decide on Wednesday morning.

As of right now, Hawaii doesn’t expect to land a single recruit who played in Hawaii in high school. Head coach Nick Rolovich does expect to get ink on four players with local ties, though, in Kalepo Naotala, Manu Hudson-Rasmussen, Drake Stallworth and Kade Greeley.

Naotala is Pisa Tinoisamoa‘s nephew, Hudson-Rasmussen is related to former Warrior Kory Rasmussen, Stallworth is coached by former UH QB David Graves and Greeley is part Hawaiian and his sister plays for the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team.

If UH does get shut out of the 2016 Star-Advertiser All-State team, it would mark the first time since before 1997 when Manley Kanoa of Kamehameha was the lone local star to qualify.

UH’s most successful local class in the past 20 years occurred in 2005, when nine recruits signed and won an average of 3.44 letters before their careers were finished. Big names from that class included John Fonoti, Inoke Funaki and Rocky Savaiigaea.

The year before Hawaii only got two local recruits, Fale Laeli of Saint Louis and Nanakuli’s Keala Watson, and they both played all four years at Manoa.

Of the 142 local recruits to pledge to Hawaii since 1998, 89 of them came from the OIA, 45 from the ILH, four from the BIIF and two each from the KIF and MIL.

Here is a look at UH’s haul on Letter of Intent day since 1998 with league played in and letters won:

2016Josh HauanioOLIolaniILH0
2016Keala SantiagoDBKahukuOIA1
2016Kalakaua TimoteoWRMililaniOIA1
2016Fred Ulu-PerryOLSaint Louis/UCLAILH0
2015Jordan AgasivaOLMililaniOIA0
2015Kamuela BordenOL/DLIolaniILH0
2015Solomon MatautiaS/LBCampbellOIA1
2015Alex TrifonovitchPKPunahouILH1
2014Tui EliOLKealakeheBIIF2
2014Dayton FurutaLBMililaniOIA1
2014Ka'au GiffordDLKamehamehaILH2
2014Donald LambertWRMoanaluaOIA0
2014Devan StubblefieldWRSaint LouisILH1
2014Dakota TorresTEPunahouILH2
2014Manly WilliamsDEFarringtonOIA1
2013Keelan EwalikoQB/WRBaldwinMIL3
2013Rashaan FalemaluLBKahukuOIA0
2013Ualesi SaleLBAieaOIA0
2013Kennedy TulimasealiiDTWaianaeOIA3
2013John WaaOLKahukuOIA3
2013Aofaga WilyRBKahukuOIA1
2012Benny FonuaLBKahukuOIA4
2012Steven LakalakaRBPunahouILH4
2012Kiha SaiOLKamehamehaILH0
2012Lancelot WilliamsLBFarringtonOIA4
2011Ben DewOLWord of LifeILH1
2011Tigi HillSKahukuOIA0
2011Ben MameaLBKahukuOIA0
2011Mike SellersCBCampbellOIA2
2011Justin VeleLBFarringtonOIA2
2010David LefotuOLPearl CityOIA3
2010Frank LoydOLMoanaluaOIA3
2010Sean ShigematsuOLKapaaKIF3
2010Samson AnguayWRCampbellOIA1
2010Corey LauWRKailuaOIA0
2010Ipulasi EseluDEMoanaluaOIA0
2010Beau YapDEKamehamehaILH3
2010Calen FrielDTKailuaOIA1
2010Moses SamiaDTSaint LouisILH3
2010Dustin ElisaraLBKapoleiOIA0
2010Tuulauena LoloheaLBKapoleiOIA0
2010Zachary QuinesLBMililaniOIA0
2010Marcus UmuSSaint LouisILH1
2009Kamalani AloSKahukuOIA4
2009Kalani BrackenridgeCBKapoleiOIA0
2009Jordan LoefflerOTHiloBIIF2
2009Chad LopatiLBKapoleiOIA0
2009Benson MaafalaOLMililaniOIA1
2009Marcus MalepeaiDTRadfordOIA3
2009Veni ManuDEMililaniOIA0
2009Cayman ShutterQBPunahouILH3
2009Billy Ray StutzmannWRSaint LouisILH4
2009Aulola TongaSKahukuOIA1
2009Chancey Winchester-MakainaiOLKailuaOIA3
2008Haku CorreaDEDamienILH4
2008Paipai FalemaluLBKahukuOIA4
2008Geordan HanohanoDLSaint LouisILH4
2008Art LaurelLBLeilehuaOIA4
2008Earvin SioneWRMcKinleyOIA1
2008Alema TachibanaLBKahukuOIA1
2008Tuiata TuiasasopoOLSaint LouisILH0
2008Levi LegayOLKealakeheBIIF2
2007Elijah LesuQBFarringtonOIA0
2007Vaughn MeatogaOTKamehamehaILH4
2007John Manu OlevaoOLKahukuOIA0
2007Miah OstrowskiSBPunahouILH4
2007Drew UperesaOLPunahouILH2
2007Gabe TuataSBKealakeheBIIF0
2006Pookela AhmadLBKapoleiOIA4
2006Afa BridenstineSKahukuOIA0
2006Kenny EstesDBWaimeaKIF4
2006Brysen GinlackOLKahukuOIA3
2006Kiran KepooQBIolaniILH0
2006Kealoha PilaresRBDamienILH4
2006Clayton LaurelDELeilehuaOIA3
2006Stanford LetiSMoanaluaOIA0
2006Elliott PurcellLBSaint LouisILH4
2006Quinton TangLBMoanaluaOIA0
2006Alasi ToiloloDEKapoleiOIA4
2005John FonotiDLFarringtonOIA4
2005B.J. FrueanLBLeilehuaOIA1
2005Inoke FunakiQBKahukuOIA4
2005Raphael IeruDLMcKinleyOIA4
2005Aaron KiaOLMililaniOIA4
2005RJ Kiesel KauhaneLBAieaOIA4
2005Brashton SateleLBWord of LifeILH3
2005Rocky SavaiigaeaDLAieaOIA4
2005Blaze SoaresLBCastleOIA3
2004Fale LaeliDTSaint LouisILH4
2004Keala WatsonDTNanakuliOIA4
2003Quin Ah YouDLKahukuOIA0
2003Xavier HooluluOLKailuaOIA0
2003Jeremy InferreraOLSaint LouisILH2
2003Michael LafaeleCFarringtonOIA4
2003Viliami NauahiSKahukuOIA2
2003Timo PaepuleLBSaint LouisILH4
2003George PerryDBKahukuOIA2
2003Jason RiversWRSaint LouisILH4
2003Daniel TautofiLBKaimukiOIA2
2003Tu TuiDBKahukuOIA0
2002Abu MaafalaDLKamehamehaILH2
2002Kalavai BlanchardOLKahukuOIA0
2002Tala EseraOLKahukuOIA4
2002Inoke FunakiQBKahukuOIA4
2002Samson SateleOLKailuaOIA4
2001Ikaika CurnanLBSaint LouisILH4
2001Justin FaimealeleiWRKaimukiOIA2
2001Pesefea FiaseuRBSaint LouisILH1
2001Kila Kamakawiwo‘oleWRKaimukiOIA4
2001Lokahi TravisOLKailuaOIA0
2000Timmy ChangQBSaint LouisILH4
2000Justin AyatKKamehamehaILH4
2000Watson HoohuluLBKamehamehaILH3
2000Phil KauffmanGSaint LouisILH4
2000Chad KaheleOLSaint LouisILH0
2000Uriah MoenoaOLIolaniILH4
2000Chad KapanuiWRRooseveltOIA4
2000Ryan SantosOLMIlilaniOIA2
2000Matt ManumaSRadfordOIA4
2000Gerald WelchWRSaint LouisILH4
2000Leonard PetersSKahukuOIA4
2000Isiah AlamedaLBKamehamehaILH0
1999Pati MailoLBKahukuOIA2
1999Vincent ManuwaiOGFarringtonOIA4
1999Kanoa NoguchiDTSaint LouisILH0
1999Keala LooOGSaint LouisILH0
1998Chris BrownLBDamienILH4
1998Chris HoggeDLRadfordOIA0
1998Craig StutzmannWRSaint LouisILH4
1998Shawn Withy-AllenQBKalaheoOIA4
1998Matt WrightLBIolaniILH4
1998White SoseneDLWaianaeOIA0
1998Stanford EvaimaloDLWaianaeOIA0
1998Nate JacksonDBWaianaeOIA4
1998Kainoa EvangelistaDLWaianaeOIA0
1998Robby TakaraLBCampbellOIA0
1998Derek ZollerLBCampbellOIA1
1998Lui FugaDLWaipahuOIA4
1998Ashley LelieWRRadfordOIA3
1998Lui FuataOLLahainalunaMIL4
1998Jimmy TimoteoLeilehuaOIA0
1998Joey RaquinoLeilehuaOIA0


  1. OGRRFL February 1, 2017 12:51 pm

    UH should offer more kids, the kids that are over looked! They should pick up the kids that are good but aren’t getting the recognition , Vili Fishiahi would be an awesome center for Hawaii. Every school here has that one kid who is flying under the radar but is well deserving of an offer from Hawaii. Go find them Rolo! If you need help, let me know

  2. John Boy February 1, 2017 2:07 pm

    Rajah Dat, OG. Kapolei get the State’s all time leading Rec. 100+ Jaymin Sarono, and all state safety Leonard Lee. This is just 2 of many. Oh wait, they dont run 4.3 -4.5 forty’s so they’re no good. But guess what neither does many of the mainland HS guys they offered. Rolo’s a weasel, he wants them to walk on. But he’ll take a chance on the Mainland Guys.

  3. H-Man February 1, 2017 2:22 pm

    This is a trend that will continue for several more years until local players see Hawaii as a legitimate, year-year conference championship contender. Unfortunately, that is human nature in wanting to be part of a nationally recognized, football program. Hawaii was there, but lost it. So it’s rebuilding time and coach Rolovich is just the person to do it. His recruiting class this year is the best group of athletes Warrior football has seen the past several years. And accomplished without any player from Hawaii. You know, there are good players outside of Hawaii.

  4. rajah February 1, 2017 5:46 pm

    Hawaii should definitly recruit more locals. they only recruit the guys that already has big schools chasing them, and these kids already have thier mind set.

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