Saint Louis School’s Kalan Ellis says he’s only been to the snow once, but loved it. The 6’5, 350 pounder is about to see a lot more of it after signing his National Letter of Intent to player college football in Syracuse University.

“It meant everything to me. It meant all my hard work and education paid off to get me to this spot. Finally putting that pen to that paper really made me happy and excited,” Ellis said after his signing ceremony inside Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex, “I’ll be the first person on my moms side to go to college and actually earn a scholarship. They really helped me work towards my progress and on my craft, giving me tips even after a games and practices.”

It was a momentous day for the Ellis family because Kalan becomes the first person on his mother’s side to earn a division one scholarship.

Ellis is ranked by 24/7 Sports as the 7th best recruit in the state of Hawai’i and the top offensive lineman recruit. Number-8 on the list is Kamehameha’s Austyn Kauhi who also signed today to play for the Orange next year. The 6’5, 280 Warrior lineman is the top ranked tackle in this year’s class from the Aloha State.

“It meant a lot, because there are a lot of talented people here in Hawai’i, but a lot of them don’t get recognized. I’m grateful that what I can do has been recognized by the college coaches. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to play off island and at a big school,” Kauhi told Hoshida via zoom on Wednesday.

Ellis & Kauhi hope they will be roomed together once they arrive on campus in the fall. The pair will also be playing in the Polynesian Bowl at Aloha Stadium this year.