UH Football Inks 16 During New Early Signing Period

Posted on Dec 26, 2017 in UH Corner

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i football program secured commitments from 17 prospects during the new early signing period, beginning on Wednesday. Among the group are 12 prep standouts and five junior college transfers. Eight of the signees are defensive players, seven are on offense and two are athletes.

Nearly half of the group will enroll at UH during the spring semester including freshmen Kamuela Borden, Jeremy Moussa, Eric Rooks, and Blessman Ta’ala, and JUCO transfers Cedric Byrd, Jeffrey Keene, Kohl Levao and Derek Thomas.

Highlighting the class are four local standouts, including two from Hawai’i state champion Saint Louis School – quarterback Chevan Cordeiro (Honolulu, O’ahu) and defensive back Kai Kaneshiro (Honolulu, O’ahu) – along with Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama’s Jonah Kahahawai-Welch (Kailua, O’ahu) and ‘Iolani School’s Kamuela Borden (Honolulu, O’ahu). Cordeiro was selected as the Gatorade Hawai’i Player of the Year while Kahahawai-Welch was rated the No. 2 prospect in the state by 247Sports.

One of the team’s primary needs was defensive line, where the Warriors inked six prospects – Ta’ala (Pago Pago, American Samoa), Keene (Temple, Md.), Kahahawai-Welch, Mason Mataafa (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Zach Ritner (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Thomas (Huntington Beach, Calif.) while the two recruited “athletes” – Borden and Jonah La’ulu of Centennial High in Las Vegas, Nev., both played on the defensive line in high school. Borden initially signed with UH out of ‘Iolani in 2015 before serving a two-year church mission.

Six of the signees come from southern California including quarterback Jeremy Moussa (Corona, Calif.) from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in California, who threw for 90 touchdowns and more than 7,000 yards in two seasons as a starter. Two-way player Khoury Bethley (Chino, Calif.) of Don Lugo High School was recruited as a linebacker and tallied 75 tackles and six sacks as a senior.

Receivers Cedric Byrd of Long Beach City College, Nick Mardner of Clarkson Secondary School and Eric Rooks of The Taft School in Chicago, Ill., add speed and physicality to the Warriors receiving corps. Offensive lineman Ilm Manning (Glendale, Ariz.) played both sides of the line at Apollo High School, where he was named the 5A Metro Region Player of the Year.

15 of the signees inked NLIs on the first day of the signing period, Wednesday, Dec. 20, but Thomas sent in his signed letter on Saturday, Dec. 23, and Levao joined the group on Dec. 24.

2018 Early Signing Class

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown / Previous School Highlights
Khoury Bethley LB 5-11 195 Fr. Chino Hills, Calif. / Don Lugo HS Video
Kamuela Borden ATH 6-4 235 Fr. Honolulu, O’ahu / ‘Iolani School Video
Cedric Byrd WR 5-9 170 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif. / Long Beach City College Video
Chevan Cordeiro QB 6-1 180 Fr. Honolulu, O’ahu / Saint Louis School Video
Jonah Kahahawai-Welch LB/DL 6-2 225 Fr. Kailua, O’ahu / Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama Video
Kai Kaneshiro DB 6-2 190 Fr. Honolulu, O’ahu / Saint Louis School Video
Jeffrey Keene DL 6-4 230 Jr. Temple Hills, Md. / Fort Scott Community College Video
Jonah La’ulu ATH 6-5 245 Fr. Las Vegas, Nev. / Centennial HS Video
Kohl Levao OL 6-5 320 Jr. Aberdeen, Was. / CC of San Francisco Video
Ilm Manning OL 6-4 250 Fr. Glendale, Ariz. / Apollo HS Video
Nick Mardner WR 6-5 190 Fr. Oakville, Ontario / Clarkson Secondary School Video
Mason Mata’afa DL 6-5 235 So. Costa Mesa, Calif. / Orange Coast College Video
Jeremy Moussa QB 6-3 205 Fr. Corona, Calif. / Eleanor Roosevelt HS Video
Zach Ritner DL 6-3 240 Fr. Mission Viejo, Calif. / Capistrano Valley HS Video
Eric Rooks WR 6-3 210 Fr. Chicago, Ill. / The Taft School Video
Blessman Ta’ala DL 6-1 285 Fr. Pago Pago, American Samoa / Faga’itua HS Video
Derek Thomas DL 6-3 225 So. Huntington Beach, Calif. / Cerritos College Video



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