HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawai'i football program announced the signing of 10 prospects Wednesday on the first day of the early signing period.
The group includes seven high school standouts, two junior college transfers, and one four-year transfer.
“We have immediate mid-year help at some positions and we also felt like we really got some good young guys that are going to come and be contributors for a long time,” head coach Nick Rolovich said. "Our philosophy, concentrate locally all through spring, develop relationships all through summer and start there and see how it builds from there. “You’re either developing kids or looking for immediate impact guys and we’re probably in a mixture of that. This year, I wanted to say focus here, get some names, develop relationships, see if people really want to come to Hawai’i and I think that is the overall theme in this group. They felt like this is the best place for them and they appreciate a lot of the characteristics that our state thrives on.”
The four local players in the class include -- defensive lineman Ezra Evaimalo (Kamehameha-Kapālama), wide receiver Kilohana Haasenritter (Hilo HS), wide receiver Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala (Campbell HS), and offensive lineman Micah Soliai Howlett (Kahuku HS).
Evaimalo was selected as the Interscholastic League of Honolulu’s Defensive Most Valuable Player in his senior year at Kamehameha Schools-Kapālama.
Haasenritter led the Hilo Vikings to the Division I state title while Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala excelled on both sides of the ball at Campbell High at wide receiver and corner-back.
Soliai Howlett was the state’s highest rated prospect of the bunch and helped Kahuku to a state Open Division runner-up finish.
For a look at all 10 prospects UH landed today click here.