HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Back in February Nick Rolovich didn't hide his disappointment in failing to land a single local recruit on National Signing Day. This year, however, Hawaii managed to lock in four Hawaii high school standouts during who not only chose to stay in the 808, but also opted to sign early.
Saint Louis quarterback Chevan Cordeiro, the 2017 Gatorade Hawaii high school football player of the year, headlines the group - though he's not even the highest ranked recruit of the four.
Cordeiro helped quarterbacked the Crusaders to a second consecutive Open Division state tile in 2017. His 3,611 yards and 39 touchdowns helped lead the men of Kalaepohaku to an undefeated record (10-0), and earned him a spot on the short list for the Polynesian High School Football player of the year award.
Now, he says he's excited to take his talents to Manoa.
"It feels exciting," said Cordeiro after signing with UH. "I've been waiting for this my whole life. This whole offseason I've been training for U.H. and I'm just ready."
His excitement was echoed by high school teammate, St. Louis cornerback, Kai Kaneshiro, who also signed with Hawaii yesterday.
"It means a lot to stay home and just play in front of my family and my friends," said Kaneshiro. "To have the island on my back, just to show my support - that I belong here."
Fellow ILH product, and the highest ranked local recruit to sign with Hawaii, Jonah Kahahawai-Welch, will join Kaneshiro on the defensive side of the ball for U.H. The Kamehameha pass-rusher is currently the second highest ranked recruit in the state. Just this week he decommitted from the United States Naval Academy.
The 6-foot-3 220-pound defensive ends decision to sign with U.H. was perhaps one of the biggest surprises, and the biggest get for the Rainbow Warriors on Wednesday morning.
"We wanted to be able to get after the quarterback a little more this year," Nick Rolovich said of his early signing class. "I think we did that. We did an excellent job of that. We got d-lineman that are tough, that play hard, that love the game of football. Those qualities, those characteristics were elevated this year."
The final local player to sign with Hawaii, is Iolani offensive lineman, Kamuela Borden. At 6-foot-3 and 240-pounds, the Raider is a top-25 recruit in the state.