Polynesian Bowl announces latest editions to 2018 roster

Polynesian Bowl announces latest editions to 2018 roster

LAIE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced today 20 new, top ranked players who have accepted an invitation to the 2018 Polynesian Bowl. This brings the total to 72 commitments.

New players include: 4* DE Eyabi Anoma (St. Francis Academy, MD, ESPN 300 #9); 4* S Isheem Young (Imhotep Institute, PA, Scout #30); Michigan commit 4* OG Emil Eyikor (Cathedral, IN, ESPN 300 #74); 4* ATH Bryan Addison (Junipero Serra, CA, Scout #96); 4* WR Isaah Crocker (Inderkum, CA, Rivals #98); 4* S Kwantel Raines (Aliquippa, PA, 247Sports #115); Notre Dame commit 4* RB Markese Stepp (Cathedral, IN, ESPN 300 #168); 4* OG Sam Vakalahi, Tongan (East, UT); 3* OT MJ Ale, Samoan (Fife, OR); 3* OG Junior Angilau, Tongan (East, UT); 3* WR/TE Tuni Fifita, Tongan (Milpitas, CA); 3* DT Moa Heimuli, Tongan (East, UT); 3* OT Donovan Laie, Samoan (Oceanside, CA); 3* DL Paul Maile, Tongan (East, UT); 3* LB Malakai Salu, Samoan (Central Catholic, OR); 3* LB MJ Tafisi, Tongan (Alta, UT); 3* ATH Matthew Tago, Samoan (Quartz Hill, CA); 3* LB Isaak Togia, Samoan (Pacifica, CA); Top 12 Chris Sailor Kicking 5* Kicker/Punters BT Potter (Rock Hill, SC #4) and Jonah Lipel (Chaminade, CA, #6).

The Polynesian Bowl is a premier high school all-star football game that features the world's elite players of Polynesian heritage and other ancestries. The nationally televised game will be played on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Aloha Stadium on O`ahu, Hawai`i as part of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend. A total of 100 players will be selected for 2018, of which a majority will be of Polynesian ancestry. For more information, please visit www.PolynesianBowl.com.

"The top high school football talent in the nation, including seven of the highest rated quarterbacks will be coming to Hawai`i... a once in a lifetime experience for these outstanding players," said Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Inductee, Co-Founder and Chairman Jesse Sapolu.

The inaugural Polynesian Bowl was held this past January. Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota and Baltimore Ravens OT Ronnie Stanley served as team captains. Football legends Olin Kreutz and Jack "The Throwin' Samoan" Thompson served as honorary head coaches.


4* WR Manuel Allen (Centennial, CA, ESPN 300 #101) 4* LB Chad Bailey (Ridge Point, TX, Rivals #160)
4* RB Kirby Bennett (Bishop Gorman, NV, Scout #216) 4* S Stephan Blaylock (St. John Bosco, CA, Scout #127) 4* OT Tommy Brown (Mater Dei, CA, ESPN 300 #109) 4* WR Chase Cota (South Medford, OR, Rivals #168)

4* OC Justin Dedich (Chaparrel, CA, Scout #145)
3* OT Daniel Faalele, Samoan/Tongan (IMG Academy via Australia)
4* QB Justin Fields (Harrison, GA, ESPN 300 #8), Penn State
5* LB Palaie Gaoteote, Samoan (Bishop Gorman, NV, Scout #4), USC
3* DT Peselao Gauta, Samoan (Garden Grove, CA)
WR Justin Genovia, Hawaiian (`Iolani, HI)
4* CB Kyler Gordon (Archbishop Murphy, WA, Scout #297)
4* CB Olaijah Griffin (Mission Viejo, CA, Scout #27)
5* WR Jalen Hall (Augustus F. Hawkins, CA, ESPN 300 #2)
4* ATH Talanoa Hufanga, Tongan (Crescent Valley, OR, Rivals #30)
3* OG Jacob Isaia, Samoan (Bishop Gorman, NV)
4* OT Dawson Jaramillo (Lake Oswego, OR, ESPN 300 #157)
4* CB Marcus Johnson (Augustus F. Hawkins, CA, ESPN 300 #83), USC 4* TE Brevin Jordan (Bishop Gorman, NV, Scout #44)
4* LB Brandon Kaho, Tongan (Reno, NV, Scout #217)
4* DE Cameron Latu, Tongan (Olympus, UT, Rivals #86)
3* DE Nathan Latu, Tongan (Olympus, UT), BYU
4* WR Braden Lenzy (Tigard, OR, Scout #97), Notre Dame
4* DT Tuli Letuligasenoa, Samoan (De La Salle, CA, Scout #97)
4* OG Hunter Lotulelei, Tongan (Highland, UT, Rivals #242), Utah

3* ATH Josh Madison, Tongan (Newbury Park, CA)
3* DT Tyler Manoa, Samoan/Tongan (St. Francis, CA)
4* QB Adrian Martinez (West Clovis, CA, 247Sports #220), California
4* LB Salua Masina, Samoan (Brighton, UT, Rivals #126)
4* ATH Malone Mataele, Maori/Tongan (Santa Margarita, CA, Scout #291) 3* LB Kana'i Mauga, Samoan (Waianae, HI)
4* TE/WR Camren McDonald (Long Beach Poly, CA, Scout #105)
4* QB Tanner McKee (Centennial, CA, Scout #29)
5* DE Micah Parsons (Harrisburg, PA, Scout #2), Penn State
4* DE Tennessee Pututau, Tongan (Cottonwood, UT, ESPN 300 #160)
3* DE Samson Reed, Samoan (Kahuku, HI)
4* LB Merlin Robertson, Samoan (Junipero Serra, CA, Scout #122)
3* LB Rocky Savea, Samoan (Kapolei, HI)
4* LB Raymond Scott, Samoan (Narbonne, CA, Scout #59), USC
4* OT Penei Sewell, Samoan (Desert Springs, UT, 247Sports #67)
5* QB Jacob Sirmon (Bothell, WA, ESPN 300 #16), Washington
4* OC Travis Spreen (Jesuit, OR, 247Sports #256)
4* S Steve Stephens (Edison, CA, Scout #41)
4* ATH Toa Taua, Samoan (Lompoc, CA 247Sports #284)
4* CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart (St. Augustine, CA, 247Sports #15)
4* QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Bishop Gorman, NV, Rivals #41)
4* DT Tommy Togiai, Samoan (Highland, ID, 247Sports #25)
4* LB Solomon Tuliaupupu, Samoan (Mater Dei, CA, Scout #25)
4* QB Brevin White (Paraclete, CA)
4* WR Chase Williams (Eleanor Roosevelt, CA, ESPN 300 #89)
4* QB Colson Yankoff (Coeur d'Alene, ID, 247Sports #26), Washington


The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors Polynesia's greatest players, coaches and contributors. It also serves as a resource for Polynesian football history, provides college scholarships and supports educational programs. Its permanent home is located at the Polynesian Cultural Center (O`ahu's North Shore) and was established in 2013 by Super Bowl Champions Jesse Sapolu and Ma'a Tanuvasa. Other board members include Troy Polamalu, Vai Sikahema, June Jones and Reno Mahe. For more information, visit www.PolynesianFootballHOF.org.