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Hawaii vs Nevada: Recruiting Breakdown digs into the recruiting database to see how Hawaii and Nevada match up based on recruiting efforts. takes a look at both starting lineups and figures out each player’s star rating coming out of high school. We then add them up, divide them out, and break down the offensive and defensive side of the football.

Of course, star ratings aren’t everything, but they can be an indicator of what to expect. We also look at how long these athletes have been in their respective program to be developed. Let’s see who the two Mountain West divisional foes compare:

Overall Nevada holds the advantage in star rating of their starters’ high school evaluations.

Hawaii - 2.05 stars

Nevada - 2.09 stars

Overall Nevada also holds an advantage when it comes to having starters that have been in the program longer.  

Hawaii - 3.27

Nevada - 3.87

Here are the players on the two team’s rosters who were offered by both schools:


Three-star CB Daniel Brown

Three-star DE Patrick Choudja

Three-star WR Wyatt Demps

Two-star DE Jordan Silva

Two-star DB Elijah Moody

Two-star WR Ahki Muhammad

Three-star QB Tyler Stewart


Three-star LB Ikem Okeke

Three-star DB Mykal Tolliver

Two-star WR Devan Stubblefield

Two-star DB Trayvon Henderson

Hawaii Projected Offense Nevada Projected Offense
QB Dru Brown * * 1 QB Tyler Stewart * * * 5
RB Diocemy Saint Juste * * 4 RB James Butler * * 3
WR Marcus Kemp * * 4 WR Wyatt Demps * * * 3
WR Ammon Barker * * * 4 WR Jerico Richardson * 5
WR John Ursua * * 2 WR Andrew Celis * * * 3
LT Dejon Allen * * 4 RT Austin Corbett * 4
LG John Wa'a * * 4 RG Sean Krepsz * * 1
C Asotui Eli * * 3 C Nathan Goltry * 3
RG Elijah Tupai * * 4 LG Jeremy Macauley * 5
RT RJ Hollis * 4 LT Jacob Henry * 5
TE Dakota Torres * * 3 TE Jarred Gipson * 5
AVERAGES 2 3.36 AVERAGES 1.73 3.81
Hawaii Projected Defense Nevada Projected Defense
DE Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea * * * 3 DE Malik Reed * * 3
NT Kory Rasmussen * * * 4 NT Kalei Meyer * * 3
DT Penitito Faalologo * * 4 DT Korey Rush * * * 3
DE David Manoa * * 4 DE Patrick Choudja * * * 3
LB Malachi Mageo * * 3 LB Alex Bertando * * 5
LB Jahlani Tavai * * 3 LB Gabe Sewell * * * 2
LB Jerrol Garcia-Williams * * 5 LB Travis Wilson * * 4
CB Jalen Rogers * * 3 CB E.J. Muhammad * * 2
CB Jamal Mayo * * 3 CB Elijah Mitchell * * 4
S Trayvon Henderson * * 4 S Asauni Rufus * * * 3
S Damien Packer * 4 S Dameon Baber * * * 2
AVERAGES 2.09 3.18 AVERAGES 2.45 3.09

 2016 DEPTH CHART (With recruiting rating)

*Years = Years in the program

**Ratings are based on high school evaluations. If a transfer was not evaluated as a high school player, the most recent star rating will is accounted for.

*** does not give recruits one star, but players who were not evaluated at all will be given a one-star rating rather than nothing at all for the purpose of this breakdown.

The numbers would indicate that Nevada has only a slight advantage when it comes to talent, though the stars become somewhat skewed. Nevada has more high-end talent, while combined with more under-the-radar players, while Hawaii’s team is built almost entirely of two-star talents.

Where Nevada appears to fall short is on the offensive line. Meanwhile, Hawaii has two former Power-5 players that could take advantage. The Wolf Pack have three-star players on each of their defensive units, meaning that it could be an unfavorable matchup for Dru Brown and the UH offense.

Nevada’s athletes are only slightly more seasoned than Hawaii’s, despite the recent coaching change at UH. The one obvious disparity comes in quarterback Dru Brown making his first start against a fifth-year senior QB Tyler Stewart for Nevada.

The two teams have certainly crossed paths on the recruiting trail. When it comes to players that both teams competed for, Nevada holds a seven-to-four advantage overall. If last February was a sign of things to come, however, Hawaii bested Nevada two-to-one - all three of which were three-star recruits.

Of the players, Stewart has had the biggest impact becoming a starting quarterback for Nevada. Wyatt Demps has shown potential as a 6-foot-4 wide receiver. He is in his junior season since picking UNR over UH.

Overall, it appears that slight recruiting advantages for Nevada reflect a slight on-field advantage for the Wolf Pack as a three-point favorite in Hawaii. Head Coach Nick Rolovich’s efforts may be able to turn the tables on this series within just a year or two.

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