VIDEO: Hawaii football’s signing day haul yields 10 players

Campbell two-way standout Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala celebrated after an interception against Saint Louis on Aug. 23. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

The Hawaii football team brought in a haul of 10 players on the first day of the early signing period for 2020 today.

Below is an overview of the group. For comments from coach Nick Rolovich about the makeup of his recruits for his fifth season as Manoa head coach, check out Stephen Tsai’s content in Thursday’s print edition.

Of the 10 listed below, four hail from Hawaii high schools.

The second signing period begins Feb. 5.


1. Ezra Evaimalo

>>Defensive end
>> 6-1, 225 pounds

Kamehameha’s Ezra Evaimalo recovered a fumble against Campbell on Oct. 12. / Photo by Jay Metzger, Special to the Star-Advertiser

2. Kilohana Haasenritter

>> Slotback
>> 5-10, 170
>> Hilo

Hilo’s Kilohana Haasenritter looked for a way around ‘Iolani’s Trevor Kan during the HHSAA Division I championship game on Nov. 29. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser

3. Daveon “Dae Dae” Hunter

>> Running back
>> 5-11, 195
>> Chandler (Ariz.) High

4. Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala

>> Slotback
>> 5-10, 170
>> Campbell

5. Sterlin Ortiz

>> Safety
>> 5-11, 185
>> Northeastern Oklahoma A&M

6. Matt Shipley

>> Kicker
>> 6-1, 170
>> Liberty Hill (Texas) High

7. Kemon Smith

>>Defensive tackle
>>6-2, 280
>> Blinn College (Texas)

8. Micah Soliai Howlett

>> Offensive lineman
>> 6-4, 295
>> Kahuku

Kahuku offensive lineman Micah Soliai Howlett (75) (right) and linebacker Ace Kaufusi (4) locked up during linemen drills at the first practice of the 2019 season. / Photo by Darryl Oumi, Special to the Star-Advertiser

9. Maurice Ta‘ala

>> Defensive tackle
>> 6-1, 305
>>Faga‘itua High (American Samoa)

10. Calvin Turner

>> Receiver
>> 6-1, 195
>> Jacksonville (Fla.) University


  1. H-Man December 18, 2019 5:07 pm

    Shaping up to be a really good signing class. We’ll know just how good next February. But for now, all looks good with players like OL Howlett, DT Smith and RB Hunter filling critical areas.

  2. Mark from Maui December 19, 2019 1:27 pm

    Yes, welcome all , thank you for becoming Rainbow Warriors!!

  3. MonkeyWarrior64 December 20, 2019 4:00 pm

    Go BowS!! Keep da talent Island side..keep working hard! It’ll payoff!!

  4. H-Man December 23, 2019 7:16 am

    Hawaii will never keep the top, say the top 5-10 prep football players, home. That’s just how it is. But we celebrate those that choose to stay at home to play for the Warriors. This recruiting season, four chose Hawaii. They will have great academic and athletic opportunities and experience. Just look at all the athletes from all sports that played for Hawaii and graduated with their degrees.

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