RECRUITING ROUNDUP: Texas Offers Kamehameha Freshman Malakai Lee; Saint Louis’ Trech Kekahuna Transfers to Bishop Gorman And Commits To Wisconsin

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Texas football recruiting has been in the Hawaii news lately.

First, earlier this summer, Kahuku’s highly sought-after linebacker Liona Lefau committed to play for the Longhorns.

And now, the braintrust for the Burnt Orange/Hook ’em Horns brigade in Austin reached out with an offer to a Hawaii player who hasn’t suited up for his first varsity game yet.

That player is freshman Malakai Lee of Kamehameha. He is a 6-foot-6, 310-pound offensive tackle and a freshman to be for the Warriors.Here is a video of the hulking Lee during a February youth football scrimmage, from his Twitter page:

There’s been a ton of Hawaii recruiting news lately, including commitments and new offers for players in the Classes of 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026 — and Bedrock Sports Hawaii will do its best to give you the most up-to-date, whirlwind of news.

In other major developments, Saint Louis slotback Trech Kekahuna is transferring to play his senior year at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, and he also committed to play his college football at Wisconsin.

Kekahuna will be back in town, though, on Sept. 2, when the Gaels take on his former team, the Crusaders, at the Mililani High field in a matchup of national powers.

Below is a full update of the latest commitments and offers. And that is followed by a full list of all known Hawaii high school recruits (and their commitments and offers) from the Classes of 2023 through 2026.

The Latest Commitments

Class of 2023

>> Saint Louis defensive end Julian Savaiinaea committed to Arizona.
>> Waianae offensive lineman Josiah Timoteo committed to Hawaii.
>> Bishop Gorman and former Saint Louis slotback Trech Kekahuna committed to Wisconsin.
>> Former Konawaena and current Timpview, Utah, athlete Hezekiah Anahu-Ambrosio committed to Nevada.
>> Saint Louis receiver Mason Muaau decommitted from Hawaii and committed to Colorado State.
>> Campbell linebacker Blesyng Alualu-Tuiolemotu committed to UNLV.
>> Mililani athlete Gavin Hunter committed to Arizona.
>> Roosevelt linebacker Kamuela Kaaihue committed to Arizona.
>> Punahou quarterback John-Keawe Sagapolutele committed to Hawaii.
>> ‘Iolani defensive end Haaheo Dela Cruz committed to Hawaii.

New Offers

Class of 2023

>> Campbell wide receiver Kamaehu Kaawalauole received offers from Arizona and New Mexico State.

Class of 2024

>> Saint Louis linebacker Anelu Lafaele received offers from Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon State, Washington State and Wisconsin.
>> Saint Louis linebacker Noah Wily received an offer from Arizona.
>> Punahou defensive end Kekai Burnett received an offer from Oregon.
>> Saint Louis linebacker Charles Correa transferred to Bishop Gorman and received an offer from Arizona.
>> Kahuku athlete Manulele Ah You received an offer from Hawaii.
>> Punahou quarterback Ty McCutcheon received an offer from Arizona.

Class of 2025

>> Saint Louis offensive lineman Houston Kaahaaina-Torres received offers from Arizona, Colorado, Fresno State, Nebraska, New Mexico State, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV.
>> Punahou linebacker Ko’o Kia received offers from USC and Utah.
>> Saint Louis linebacker Roy Maafala Jr. received an offer from Utah.

Class of 2026

>> Kamehameha offensive lineman Malakai Lee received an offer from Texas.
>> Moanalua quarterback Tayden Evan Kaawa received an offer from Hawaii.

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Hawaii’s Class of 2023 Division I FBS College Recruiting

Sources: 247Sports.com, Rivals.com, Twitter
Note: Additions, deletions and corrections, if applicable, can be made by emailing BedrockSportsHawaii.com to nickabramo7@gmail.com.

Updated: July 13, 2022

45

TAUSILI AKANA, LB, Skyridge, Utah (formerly Kamehameha), 6-4, 225
Uncommitted four-star recruit.
Offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Boise State, BYU, California, Clemson, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Utah, Utah State, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin.

25

LIONA LEFAU, LB, Kahuku (formerly Sammamish, Wash.), 6-1, 210
Four-star recruit committed to: Texas.
Other offers: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Stanford, Texas Tech, USC, Utah, Utah State, Virginia, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin.

12

SOLOMONE MALAFU, LB, Kapaa, 6-1, 225
Uncommitted three-star recruit.
Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Hawaii, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, UNLV, Utah.

10

LEONARD AH YOU, LB, Kahuku, 6-2, 187
Uncommitted three-star recruit.
Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State, UNLV, Utah, Utah State.

BROCK FONOIMOANA, S, Kahuku, 6-1, 190
Uncommitted three-star recruit.
Offers: BYU, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Stanford, Utah, Utah State, Virginia.

9

IAPANI LALOULU, OL, Farrington (formerly Saint Louis), 6-2, 357
Uncommitted four-star recruit.
Offers: Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Miami, Oregon, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia.

KAMAEHU KAAWALAUOLE, WR, Campbell, 6-5, 210
Uncommitted.
Offers: Air Force, Arizona, Army, Colorado State, Hawaii, Navy, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State.

7

KAINOA CARVALHO, WR, Kahuku, 5-7, 165
Uncommitted three-star recruit.
Offers:
Air Force, Army, Hawaii, Navy, San Diego State, Utah, Utah State.

6

BLESYNG ALUALU-TUIOLEMOTU, LB, Campbell, 6-2, 210
Committed to: UNLV.
Other offers: Army, BYU, Hawaii, Navy, Nevada.

KAMUELA KAAIHUE, LB, Roosevelt, 6-2, 210
Three-star recruit committed to: Arizona.
Other offers: Arizona State, Army, Boise State, Hawaii, Nevada.

5

GAVIN HUNTER, ATH, Mililani, 6-2, 190
Three-star recruit committed to: Arizona.
Other offers:
Hawaii, Oregon State, San Diego State, Utah State.

4

HEZEKIAH ANAHU-AMBROSIO, ATH, Timpview, Utah (formerly Konawaena) 6-0, 200
Committed to: Nevada.
Other offers: BYU, Hawaii, Utah State.

TRECH KEKAHUNA, WR, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), formerly Saint Louis, 5-11, 180
Three-star recruit committed to: Wisconsin.
Other offers: Boise State, Hawaii, Nevada.

JULIAN SAVAIINAEA, DE, Saint Louis, 6-3, 241
Three-star recruit committed to: Arizona.
Other offers: Hawaii, San Diego State, San Jose State.

JOSIAH TIMOTEO, OL, Waianae, 6-4, 300
Committed to: Hawaii.
Other offers: Navy, New Mexico State, San Diego State.

3

IOSEFA TAPENI, DL, Kapolei, 6-3, 288
Uncommitted.
Offers: Hawaii, New Mexico State, Utah State.

2

MASON MUAAU, WR, Saint Louis, 6-5, 210
Committed to: Colorado State.
Other offer: Hawaii.

VILIAMU TOILOLO JR., CB, Kahuku, 6-0, 160
Uncommitted.
Offer: Air Force, Army.

1

CHANSEN GARCIA, DB, Kahuku, 5-9, 175
Uncommitted.
Offer:
Navy.

JOHN-KEAWE SAGAPOLUTELE, QB, Punahou, 6-1, 185
Committed to: Hawaii.
Other offers: None.

CLYDE TAULAPAPA, RB, Kahuku, 5-11, 200
Uncommitted.
Offer: Army.

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Hawaii’s Class of 2024 Division I FBS College Recruiting

10

ANELU LAFAELE, LB, Saint Louis, 6-3, 230
Uncommitted three-star recruit.
Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, Oregon State, San Diego State, Utah, Washington State, Wisconsin.

5

KEKAI BURNETT, DE, Punahou, 6-3, 235
Uncommitted three-stat recruit.
Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, Hawaii, Oregon, Oregon State

3

NOAH WILY, LB, Saint Louis, 6-4, 225
Uncommitted.
Offers: Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon State.

2

CHARLES CORREA, LB, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), formerly Saint Louis, 6-2, 210
Uncommitted.
Offers: Arizona, Hawaii

KELA MOORE, DB, Campbell, 6-0, 175
Uncommitted.
Offers: Hawaii, San Diego State.

1

MANULELE AH YOU, ATH, Kahuku, 5-11, 170
Uncommitted.
Offer: Hawaii.

HAAHEO DELA CRUZ, DE, ‘Iolani, 6-3, 220
Committed to: Hawaii.
Other offers: None.

TY McCUTCHEON, QB, Punahou, 6-2, 160
Uncommittted.
Offer: Arizona

KAMAEHU ROMAN, LB, Mililani, 5-11, 200
Uncommitted.
Offer: Hawaii.

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Hawaii’s Class of 2025 Division I FBS College Recruiting

14

HOUSTON KAAHAAINA-TORRES, OL, Saint Louis, 6-3, 265
Uncommitted.
Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Fresno State, Hawaii, Houston, Nebraska, New Mexico State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Oregon State, UNLV, Utah.

3

KO’O KIA, LB, Punahou, 6-0, 165
Uncommitted.
Offer: Hawaii, USC, Utah.

VINCENT TAUTUA, LB, Saint Louis, 6-3, 220
Uncommitted.
Offers: Arizona, Hawaii, Utah.

TANA TOGAFAU-TAVUI, WR, Campbell, 6-1, 175
Uncommitted.
Offers: 
Hawaii, UNLV, Washington.

2

ISAIAH IOSEFA, DB, Mililani, 6-0, 180
Uncommitted.
Offers:
Oregon State, Washington.

MAXIMUM MOE FONOIMOANA, LB/TE, Kahuku, 6-3, 200
Uncommitted.
Offers: Hawaii, San Diego State.

ROY MAAFALA JR., LB, Saint Louis, 6-0, 195
Uncommitted.
Offer: Hawaii, Utah.

1

KINGSLEY AH YOU, ATH, Kahuku, 5-11, 175
Uncommitted.
Offer:
Hawaii.

SYLAS ALAIMALO, WR/LB, Damien, 5-8, 185
Uncommitted.
Offer:
Hawaii.

KAIMANA CARVALHO, S/WR, Kahuku, 5-10, 160
Uncommitted.
Offer:
Hawaii.

KJ HALLUMS, OL, Punahou, 6-1, 270
Uncommitted.
Offer:
Washington State.

AIDEN MANUTAI, ATH, Mililani, 6-0, 165
Uncommitted.
Offer: Arizona.

TRESTON McMILLAN, QB, Mililani, 6-0, 180
Uncommitted.
Offer: Hawaii.

JARON-KEAWE SAGAPOLUTELE, QB, Saint Louis, 6-2, 190
Uncommitted.
Offer: Hawaii.

TRISTAN WAIAMAU-GALINDO, DE/LB, Kamehameha, 6-3, 220
Uncommitted.
Offer: Hawaii.

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Hawaii’s Class of 2026 Division I FBS College Recruiting

1

MALAKAI LEE, OL, Kamehameha, 6-6, 310
Uncommitted.
Offer: Texas

TAYDEN EVAN KAAWA, Moanalua, 6-4, 200
Uncommitted.
Offer: Hawaii

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