The state of Hawaii should put together a strong class for the second year in a row, and just like last season, you will see programs from all over the west tapping into the Islands for talent. Most of the early risers are from Hawaii's traditional powerhouse programs.
The top player in the state of Hawaii is Honolulu (Haw.) Punahou linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea. The 6'3" 230lbs linebacker has a rare blend of size and speed. Savaiinaea can run sideline to sideline and still has the strength to hold up against linemen. The linebacker crop out West talented this year and Savaiinaea will be coveted by all of the major programs. Oregon, Stanford and UCLA all pulled prospects out of Punahou last season, but I give the Cardinal the early edge on Savaiinaea.
Hawaii does not have a reputation for putting out skill players, linemen and backers are the usual crop. However, Honolulu (Haw.) St. Louis receiver Jeremy Tabuyo would like to change that. Tabuyo already holds offers from Hawaii and Utah. He is a speed receiver and a big play waiting to happen, Tabuyo is recovering from an ACL injury but the rehab is going well and he expects to be back at full speed for camps this summer. Ewa Beach (Haw.) Cambell safety Jamel Tyler is a big hitter that plays some linebacker in high school. Height will likely dictate a move to the secondary in college. Tyler showed well at the Army All-American combine and is a prospect to keep an eye on.
St. Louis has a talented group of prospects in the 2013 class. In addition to Tabuyo who was mentioned above, OL Reeve Koehler and DT Kamalei Correa will receiver Pac-12 attention. Koehler is a massive interior line prospect that is a great run blocker and has the strength to overpower opponents. While Koehler could improve his foot speed, his talent has already earned him offers from Hawaii, Utah, Washington and Washington State. Correa has the frame to add more weight and will need to do so if he wants to stay on the interior. He is a high effort player that flat out makes plays. Hawaii and Washington State have already offered the junior.
Some other prospects to watch in the state are Honolulu (Haw.) Farrington DE Keanu Foki, Kahuku (Haw.) High S Kawehena Johnson, Honolulu (Haw.) Punahou LB Ryan Tuiasoa and Waianae (Haw.) High DT Kennedy Tulimasealii.
Hawaii prospects always seem to emerge a little later in the process than players in the rest of the region. Stay tuned for Scout.com as we will have the latest on all of the the prospects that emerge on the camp circuit this spring heading into the summer.