A Closer Look: Hawaii's Top 25 in 2015

Kanawai Noa

We take a closer look at Scout.com's Top 25 prospects in Hawaii heading into this fall...

The Top 25 By Numbers


These three high schools combined for 14 of the prospects ranked in the top 25.
Kahuku (7): No.8 Tuli Wily-Matagi, No.9 Salanoa Wily, No.18 Soli Afalava, No.19 Malcolm Macatiag, No.21, Alohi Gilman, No.24 John Farley Ofahengaue, and No.25 Siotame Uluave.
Punahou (4): No.2 Canton Kaumatule, No.4 Semisi Uluave, No.12 Ronley Lakalaka, and No.17 Kanawai Noa
Kamehameha (3): No.5 Dylan Kane, No.7 Mika Tafua, and No.22 Preston Kalai

12 of the Top 25 prospects are currently committed to D1 programs. Here's a look at the commitments stack up.

Hawaii (4): No.9 Salanoa Wily, No.13 Jordan Agasiva, No.16 Kamuela Borden, and No.18 Soli Afalava
The Pac-12 (5): No.3 Fred Ulu-Perry (UCLA), No.5 Dylan Kane (Oregon), No.6 Rex Manu (Stanford), No.8 Tuli Wily-Matagi (Utah), and No.10 Solomon Matuatia (Oregon State)



Mika Tafua - DE - Kamehameha (Hawaii) - 2015
Tafau proved his toughness when he played through his entire junior season with a serious leg injury. He is finally 100% healthy and should be dominant this fall. He is one of the most highly sought after prospects in Hawaii, and BYU could have a tough time holding on. Tafau plans to take his official visits this fall.

Solomon Matautia - OLB/S - Campbell (Hawaii) - 2015
Matautia does it all for Campbell High School. He has tremendous instincts, good quickness, and really nice ball skills. He could realistically play strong safety, free safety, or outside linebacker at the next level. As he continues to fill out, he should grow into a good linebacker. Oregon State has a steal in Matautia.

Kanawai Noa - WR - Punahou (Hawaii) - 2015
Noa has put up prolific numbers for years at Hawaii's powerhouse high school. He has a good chance to rewrite the state's record books this fall. Noa lacks the ideal top end speed, but he has sure hands and runs crisp routes.

Final Thoughts


Outside of Fehoko, Ulu-Perry, and Kane, things seem wide open in Hawaii. Kaumatule and Uluave are being heavily recruited by close to 20 programs a piece. Tafau is a soft-verbal to BYU, schools are continuing to try to lure Manu away from Stanford, and Wily-Matagi is also hearing from a handful of other schools. Viliamu Auwae, Ronley Lakalaka, and Pesi Savea are all hearing from numerous programs and could end up with a handful of D1 offers.

Hawaii has locked up a few good prospects early in the 2015 recruiting cycle. It will be important for the Warriors to hold on through February. If Hawaii can lock up Lakalaka and Noa, it could be one of their better in-state hauls in the past few years.

Stay tuned for nonstop recruiting coverage this fall.

Class of 2015 Hawaii Rankings

 


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