We’ve read all of the recruiting lists, checked them thrice, and, frankly, we’re so confused we’re seeing stars.
So we’re going to Our Football Guy (OFG), who ignores scouting services and the number of suiters. Basing his system on research, projections — athletically and academically — and, yes, some gut feelings, OFG crafted his top five of local prospects:
1. Juda Parker (Saint Louis School), who can be a relentless pass-rusher as a defensive end in a 4-3 or outside linebacker in a 3-4.
2. Marcus Mariota (Saint Louis), a quarterback who is the best offensive player in the state.
3. Peni Vea (Kealakehe High), a hard-hitting, play-making safety.
4. Na‘Alii Robins (Saint Louis), who played defensive tackle but is capable of playing anywhere on the defensive line.
5. Walter Santiago (Kamehameha), a safety whose football IQ matches his athletic skills.
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Remember linebacker Tuulauena Lolohea? He signed with UH last February, but needed extra work to meet the NCAA eligibility requirements. The plan was for Lolohea to attend a local four-year college that does not field a football team, then earn enough transferrable credits to enroll at UH this summer. But the word on the boulevard is Lolohea withdrew, and now is attending a junior college. By taking the JuCo route, he needs to earn an associate degree before being eligible to transfer to a Division I-A program.