There are currently five 2016 prospects in the Hawaii ranked as a three-star prospect or higher heading into fall. These guys are worth becoming familiar with...
Drew Kobayashi: Kobayashi is Hawaii's lone four-star early on. The St. Louis wide receiver has a great combination of size and speed, that is rare for somebody going into their junior year. At 6-2 1/2 185 pounds, Kobayashi has run multiple 4.5 40's (laser-timed). He is very likely the fastest athlete in Hawaii and he is arguably one of the fastest receivers in the entire class of 2016. Kobayashi is also a student of the game. The young receiver spent his entire offseason working on improving his route running and footwork. Kobayashi has a lot of interest early on, but with a big junior year, interest should manifest into offers.
Vavae Malepeai: Malepeai is a great all-purpose running back. The Mililani junior can run inside or outside, he has good hands out of the backfield, and he is an asset in pass protection. Malepeai has good speed, but that's no what sets him apart. He has very good vision and patience. The young running back does a great job of setting up his blockers. Malepeai has a chance to be one of the best running backs to come out of Hawaii. He has a few early offers, including Colorado and Washington.
Toleafoa Auwae: "Sean" Auwae is a mauler for Kapolei. He has a big frame, quick feet, and plays with the right amount of nastiness. Auwae was one of the best interior linemen at the All Poly Camp in Utah this summer, holding his own against some of the best 2015 prospects in the country. There is a lot of early interest for the 2016 guard. BYU and Oregon are two schools standing out early to Auwae.
Michael Eletise: Eletise was another standout at the All Poly Camp, walking away with MVP honors. The Kaiser offensive tackle looks like he best suited to move inside at the next level. He has the size, speed, and explosiveness to be a great guard. Eletise has an early offer from Colorado, but he looks like a prospect that could end up with double digit offers.
Hirkley Latu: Latu is the type of defensive back that would get Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks fired up. The Kahuku junior is every bit of 6-3 200 pounds and has a monstrous wingspan. Latu can play anything from cornerback to outside linebacker and looks good doing it. At All-Poly he played cornerback and came away with MVP honors as the top defensive back. He has a few early offers, with BYU and Utah standing out early.