UH Football Announces 16 On National Signing Day

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 in UH Corner

HONOLULU – University of Hawai’i head football coach Norm Chow announced the Rainbow Warriors’ 2015 signing class Wednesday. Chow and his coaching staff secured commitments from 15 high school, junior college prospects and transfers.

The list does not include five other student-athletes who join the program for the 2015 season including mid-year enrollees Dayton Furuta of Mililani High School, DJ Riggins of Oaks Christian High School (Calif.), and Manly Williams of Farrington High School. Two other student-athletes Aaron Zwahlen (Modesto, Calif.) and Gus Lavaka (Kearns, Utah) return from missions and will enroll during the fall.

“Overall we’re very pleased with this class,” Chow said. “We were able to fill the needs of our team and mix four-year transfers with junior college and freshmen. We see immediate help from guys like Max Wittek, Dylan Collie, and Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea and from the mid-year JUCO players – Russell Williams, Sione Kauhi and Matt Norman. We’re also very excited about some of the freshmen who we expect to play right away – Jordan Agasiva, Solomon Matautia and Alex Trifonovitch. Our primary target was on the offensive line and we feel very good about the group that’s coming.”

Among the 15 signees, eight are high school seniors, four are from junior colleges, and three are FBS transfers who are eligible to compete for the upcoming season. Among the transfers are quarterback Max Wittek, who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules after spending the first three years at USC. Linebacker Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea(formerly Keoni Bush-Loo) also sat out last season after two seasons at Arizona. Wide receiver Dylan Collie redshirted at BYU before serving a two-year church mission.

Also returning from a church mission is Sione Kauhi, an all-state tight end at Wilsonville High School in Oregon, who is currently enrolled at UH along with linebacker Russell Williams (Sacramento City College) and offensive lineman Matt Norman (Fullerton JC).

A total of nine student-athletes signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, including four homegrown products – offensive lineman Jordan Agasiva of Division I state champion Mililani High School, safety Solomon Matautia of Campbell High School, punter Alexander Trifonovitch of Punahou School, and lineman Kamuela Borden of Division II state champion ‘Iolani School. Agasiva and Matautia were consensus first-team all-state picks while Trifonovitch is a top punting prospect and Chris Sailer Kicking First Team All-American.

Offensive line was among the team’s needs this year and the group added six signees, five of whom are 6-foot-4 or taller and three 300-pounders. Also signing with UH on Wednesday were J.R. Hensley (Edmond, Okla.), Eperone Moananu (Pago Pago, American Samoa), and Austin Webb (Dallas, Texas).

Junior college standouts Paul Harris (Ventura JC), Dejaun Butler (Santa Monica JC), and Melvin Davis (Santa Monica JC) also inked with the Rainbow Warriors. Harris was a JUCO All-American kick returner with three returns for touchdowns last year at Ventura College. Butler and Davis helped SMC to consecutive conference titles.

2015 Signing Class

Player Name POS HT WT CL Hometown / Last School Video
Jordan Agasiva OL 6-4 315 Fr Honolulu, O’ahu / Mililani HS Highlights
Kamuela Borden OL/DL 6-4 240 Fr Pearl City, O’ahu / ‘Iolani School Highlights
Dejaun Butler CB 5-11 180 Jr Woodland Hills, Calif. / Santa Monica JC Highlights
Dylan Collie* WR 5-10 175 Fr El Dorado Hills, Calif. / BYU Highlights
Melvin Davis RB 6-2 235 Jr Harbor City, Calif. / Santa Monica JC Highlights
Paul Harris ATH 5-11 190 Jr Columbus, Ohio / Ventura JC HIghlights
J.R. Hensley OL 6-5 315 Fr Edmond, Okla. / Edmond Santa Fe HS Highlights
Sione Kauhi* DL 6-5 240 Fr Wilsonville, Ore. / Wilsonville HS Highlights
Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea * LB 6-3 240 Jr ‘Ewa Beach, O’ahu / Arizona Highlights
Solomon Matautia S 6-1 220 Fr ‘Ewa Beach, O’ahu / Campbell HS Highlights
Eperone Moananu OL 6-2 285 Fr Pago Pago, American Samoa / Tafuna HS Highlights
Matt Norman* OL 6-5 250 Jr Monrovia, Calif. / Fullerton JC Highlights
Alexander Trifonovitch P 6-1 180 Fr Honolulu, O’ahu / Punahou School Highlights
Austin Webb OL 6-8 310 Fr Dallas, Texas / Highland Park HS Highlights
Russell Williams* LB 6-1 225 So Laguna Creek, Calif. / Sacramento City College Highlights
Max Wittek* QB 6-4 240 Sr Newport Beach, Calif. / USC Highlights

* denotes already enrolled in school

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