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State's top football prospects sign letters of intent

By Ferd Lewis

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LAST UPDATED: 02:02 p.m. HST, Feb 06, 2013


Isaac Savaiinaea, the state's top college football prospect, signed with UCLA this morning ending several months of the drama over his choice of schools for the fall.

Savaiinaea, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 231-pound linebacker from Punahou School, chose the Bruins over Texas A&M in an announcement at the annual Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance national letter of intent signing day at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Savaiinaea was among 54 athletes in several sports signing letters that bound them to colleges in the fall.

Waianae defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii), Saint Louis School defensive end Kamalei Correa (Boise State), Mid Pacific defensive end Titus Failauga (Oregon State), Saint Louis offensive lineman Reeve Koehler (Arkansas), Saint Louis linebacker Colton Goeas (Kansas), Aiea defensive end Ualesi Sale (Hawaii), Sant Louis receiver Jeremy Tabuyo (Texas A & M), Kailua defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni (Pittsburgh), Mililani defensive end Dakota Turner (San Diego State) and Kahuku offensive lineman John Wa'a (Hawaii) were among the other top football prospects taking part in the ceremonies.

Star-Advertiser Top 15 prospects and their schools

1. Isaac Savaiinaea LB Punahou UCLA
2. Kennedy Tulimasealii DT Waianae UH
3. Scott Pagano DT Moanalua Clemson
4. Reeve Koehler OG Saint Louis Arkansas
5. Colton Goeas LB Saint Louis Kansas
6. Titus Failauga DE Pac-Five Oregon State
7. Aofaga Wily RB Kahuku UH
8. Jeremy Tabuyo WR Saint Louis Texas A & M
9. Kamalei Correa DE Saint Louis Boise State
10. John Wa‘a OG Kahuku UH
11. Ualesi Sale DE Aiea UH
12. Jeremiah Taleni DT Kailua Pittsburgh
13. Dakota Turner DE Mililani San Diego State
14. Manase Hungalu LB Kealakehe Oregon State
15. Keelan Ewaliko QB-Ath. Baldwin UH






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ponowai wrote:
No mention of Wily, did he sign?
on February 6,2013 | 08:43AM
Johmah wrote:
Yes, at 9:12 am HT: UH has processsed the paperwork for Kahuku (HI) running back Aofaga Wiley and linebacker Rashaan Falemalu. Go to http://www.hawaiiathletics.com/news/2013/2/4/FB_0204131539.aspx (to see latest development).
on February 6,2013 | 09:11AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Mahalo for the links and the update!
on February 6,2013 | 09:42AM
808warriorfan wrote:
5 of 16 to UH. Still room for improvement to keep the top local kids home
on February 6,2013 | 10:40AM
96706 wrote:
Hopefully the coaching staff give them a chance to play ....
on February 6,2013 | 10:57AM
Senior_Researcher wrote:
Remember, some kids just wanna get off the rock and UH can't offer that. 5/16 is pretty good.
on February 6,2013 | 11:05AM
Sunny wrote:
Looking forward to watching our home grown athletes play for UH!
on February 6,2013 | 10:46AM
warriorrebel wrote:
Sad to see we lost out on Reeve Koehler, I think he's a future All American. Dakota Turner is a sleeper pick that UH missed out on also. But UH picked up on some good out of state commits. I like how Chow is building his team, in 3yrs look out!
on February 6,2013 | 10:50AM
walaau808 wrote:
You think Koehler will do better than his much hyped brother?
on February 6,2013 | 01:03PM
warriorrebel wrote:
just as good, if not better. Going to SEC school helps with exposure and better competition. if he keeps head straight could follow in the line of Raiola, Unger.
on February 6,2013 | 04:06PM
nippy68 wrote:
yeah.... what ever happened to his brother? didnt he sign with arizona?
on February 6,2013 | 04:56PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Looks like BYU and Utah got shut out.
on February 6,2013 | 12:23PM
RCHamakua wrote:
Headline on story inaccurate. Should have read: "One out three top Hawaii players staying home!" Our own newspaper is a recruitment sheet for mainland schools. HSA bias too obvious. Fire the reporters or have them run for office, get elected, then they can get paid for dumping on UH.
on February 6,2013 | 12:29PM
kainalu wrote:
I completely understand why any recruit would want to leave for another place simply for the once-in-a-lifetime experience. Especially those that come from working-class families. The opportunity is too great to simply brush off. For me personally, it's a sruprise as to why anyone would want to stay here in Hawaii. Have you ever been in the locker-rooms at the Aloha Stadium? SMU's locker-rooms make Aloha Stadium's look like some under-funded highschool gym locker room as an example. If a kid has an opportunity to attend a program like Clemson or UCLA, he would be a fool not to go for it.
on February 6,2013 | 02:07PM
mokebla wrote:
Punahou X-Factor wasn't much of an x-factor for Hawai'i. Maybe UCLA knows something Hawai'i don't, Kahuku knows. Good luck to all our local boys where ever the land and make a splash. Go Poly's!
on February 6,2013 | 12:44PM
ehowzit wrote:
A GOOD TURN-AROUND YEAR ON THE FIELD WILL MAKE THOSE WHO THOT THE MAINLAND IS BETTER SORRY THAT THEY LEFT, FOREGOING THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THE HAWAII RENAISSANCE. ANYBODY CAN GO TO ANUDDA SCHOOL AND BE A PART OF "THEIR" PROGRAM...NO SIGNIFICANCE TH;ERE. BFD. JUST ANUDDA FOOTBALL TEAM. OF COURSE, IF HAWAII GETS TOO GOOD TOO FAST, IT'S GONNA WORRY THE NCAA/BCS MAFIA, AND THEY'LL PROBLY TRY TO SABOT THE PROGRAM. THEY HATE HAWII WITH A PASSION.
on February 6,2013 | 01:32PM
kainalu wrote:
"Be afraid! Be very afraid!" lol
on February 6,2013 | 02:02PM
ready2go wrote:
Advice for those going to the Continent for their education, please beware of any internet romances!
on February 6,2013 | 01:40PM
kainalu wrote:
Touché!
on February 6,2013 | 02:01PM
builderguy wrote:
Stay in LA when you finish school. Another twitter customer.
on February 6,2013 | 02:02PM
oxtail01 wrote:
New recruits BUT same old coach with an outdated football philosophy ill suited for talent level at UH. End result - same pathetic loses! Sorry, but don't expect much better results from last year.
on February 6,2013 | 02:42PM
gsc wrote:
oxtail01, Ai Kae !!
on February 6,2013 | 02:55PM
zhawaii wrote:
Still too many leaving the island. As proud as our born-and-raised locals are, so many are so quick to jet for the bigtime instead of representing Hawaii.
on February 6,2013 | 03:59PM
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