Hawaii signs 23 on Signing Day

HONOLULU — University of Hawaii head football coach Nick Rolovich and his coaching staff secured commitments from 23 high school and junior college prospects on National Signing Day on Wednesday, the first day prospects may sign a National Letter of Intent. Rolovich made the announcement official during a Wednesday afternoon press conference at the UH Athletics Department.

Among the 23 signees are 19 high school standouts and four junior college transfers. Ten of the signees are listed as offensive players and 13 as defensive. Among the position breakdown are six defensive backs, five defensive linemen, four offensive linemen, three wide receivers, two linebackers, two running backs, and one tight end. The signees represent seven states (11 – California, 2 – Arizona, Oregon, and 1 – Arkansas, Idaho, Virginia, Washington), three from American Samoa, and one from Canada.

“I feel really good about the guys who wanted to come play here, guys who had multiple offers from great schools but they felt something special in Hawaii on their visit,” Rolovich said. “Especially ending with three wins, I think it was important for them to see the positive direction that we’re moving. I think this class is fairly balanced we’re really spread out.”

2017 signing class

Marcus Armstrong-Brown, WR, Jr., Napa, Calif. / Diablo Valley JC*

Donovan Dalton, DB, Fr., Scottsdale, Ariz. / Saguaro HS

Jay Dominique, DB, Fr., Montreal, Canada / Old Montreal Cegep*

Eugene Ford, DB, Fr., Los Angeles, Calif. / University HS*

Akil Francisco, DB, Fr., Alameda, Calif. / Encinal HS

Emil Graves, OL,, Jr., Lynwood, Calif. / Fullerton College

Kade Greeley, TE, Fr., Murrieta, Calif. / Vista Murrieta HS

Hekili Keliiliki, RB, Fr., Bentonville, Ark. / Bentonville HS

Brandon Kipper, OL, Fr., Nampa, Idaho / Columbia HS

Josaiah Maama, OL, Fr., Sunnyvale, Calif. / Kings Academy

Anthony Mermea, DL, Fr., Murrieta, Calif. / Vista Murrieta HS

Demario Mclean, DB, Fr., Elk Grove, Calif. / Elk Grove HS

Isaia Mullen, WR, Fr., Portland, Ore. / Madison HS

Kalepo Naotala, DL, Fr., Newport News, Va. / Menchville HS*

Penei Pavihi, LB, Fr., Pago Pago, American Samoa / Tafuna HS

Manu Rasmussen, DB, Jr., Tigard, Ore. / Riverside City College*

Miles Reed, RB, Fr., Corona, Calif. / Centennial HS

Doug Russell, DL, Fr., Seattle, Wash. / O’Dea HS

Paul Scott, LB, Fr., Oakland, Calif. / McClymonds Senior HS

Drake Stallworth, WR, Fr., Folsom, Calif. / Folsom HS

Blessman Ta’ala, DL, Fr., Faga’itua, American Samoa / Faga’itua HS

Jamie Tago, DL, Jr., Pago Pago, American Samoa / Garden City College*

Micah Vanterpool, OL, Fr., Phoenix, Ariz. / Phoenix Central HS

*currently enrolled at UH


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