Young men and women from across the state took a new step in their athletic journey Wednesday morning.
Hawaii high school athletes for the class of 2017 gathered at Sheraton Waikiki to sign their National Letter of Intent, or scholarship agreement, to play collegiate football, soccer, or water polo.
This year is interesting in a couple of ways. One of the most highly recruited high school football players in Hawaii high school history, Tua Tagovailoa, a quarterback from Saint Louis School, is actually already taking classes at the University of Alabama.
Presented by Education-1st, a non-profit 501c3 organization, the signing-day event continued a 14-year tradition of annual signing day events in Hawaii, established by Doris Sullivan and her Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance (PIAA).
Instrumental in providing programs to promote collegiate sports opportunities for Pacific Rim high school students, Sullivan and her team of volunteers have been committed to helping hundreds of student athletes year after year through PIAA.
Beginning with the class of 2017, signing day events will transition from PIAA to Education-1st.
Click here for a list of student-athletes who attended the event. Many more across the state made their commitments to colleges as well at other locations.
HAWAII PREP FOOTBALL PLAYERS SIGNED TO FBS SCHOOLS:Click on a player’s name to watch exclusive video reaction.
Adam Stack, PK, Kamehameha – Oregon
Aliki Vimahi, DL, Kahuku – Utah
Andrew Aleki, DE/LB, Kamehameha – San Diego State
Charles Watson, DB, Leilehua – Oregon State
Christian Mejia, DE, Kailua – Washington State
Feleti Afemui, LB, Maui – Vanderbilt
Isaac Slade-Matautia, LB, Saint Louis – Oregon
Jonah Buchanan, DL, ‘iolani – Vanderbilt
Jordan Agasiva, OL, Mililani (JC) – Utah
Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Pearl City (JC) Ole Miss
Kekaula Kaniho, DB, Kahuku – Boise State
Kesi Ah-Hoy, RB, Kahuku – Oregon State
Mango Finau, OL, Baldwin – BYU
Michael Minihan, OL, Saint Louis – Georgia Tech
Miki Suguturaga, DE, Punahou – Utah
Morris Unutoa, OL, Kapaa – Utah
Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, DL, Kapolei – Notre Dame
Nakoa Pauole, DL, Kamehameha – Air Force
Onesimus Clarke, OL, Waianae – Oregon State
Seyddrick Lakalaka, LB, Punahou – San Diego State
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Saint Louis – Alabama