UH Football Inks 16 During New Early Signing PeriodPosted 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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