It’s college football signing day! Coming off an abbreviated 5-4 season that includes a New Mexico Bowl victory over the Houston Cougars, the University of Hawaii football program is set to replenish its roster with a number of talented freshmen and transfers. Head coach Todd Graham and his staff have reached far and wide to attract this class of new recruits. Here’s a quick look at our new Rainbow Warriors:
♦ ZHEN-KEITH SOTELO: A 6-4 270-lb. defensive lineman out of Waianae. A three-star prospect rated No. 6 in the state of Hawai‘i by both 247Sports.com and ESPN and No. 7 by Rivals. Will be a freshman.
♦ MATAGI THOMPSON: A 6-2, 180-lb. defensive back out of Honolulu. Played both receiver and DB at Punahou School, where he was an All-ILH honorable mention selection. Father is former UH running back Afatia Thompson. Will be a freshman.
♦ O’TAY BAKER: A 6-4, 250-lb. defensive lineman out of Tyler JC in Texas. In 2019, was named an honorable mention All-Southwestern Conference selection. Also considered Arizona, Washington State, Nevada, New Mexico and Memphis. Will be a junior.
♦ TY MARSH: A 5-10, 175-lb. freshman defensive back from Dallas, Texas. Was the Defensive MVP of the 5A Division I state championship. Was also selected the District 5-5A Defensive MVP. Also competed in track and field.
♦ NATE ADAMS: A 6-6, 320-lb. offensive lineman who was a three-year starter at Flower Mound HS in Texas. Played all three positions on the offensive line. Also competed in shot put and discus. Will be a freshman.
♦ BRAYDEN SCHAGER: A 6-2, 200-lb. freshman QB from Dallas, Texas. Led Highland Park HS to an undefeated regular season and the district title. Named the District 7-5A MVP.
♦ CALEB PHILLIPS: A graduate transfer from Stanford. A 6-5, 230-lb. athlete who will compete at the tight end position after primarily playing linebacker and special teams for the Cardinal. Was three-time All-League at Solana Beach HS in California.
♦ PITA TONGA: A transfer who played four seasons at the University of Utah. The 6-1, 310-lb. defensive lineman appeared in 36 games for the Utes. A 2014 graduate of Highland HS in Utah. Will be a senior.
♦ DEDRICK PARSON: A 5-9, 195-lb. running back who transferred from Howard University. Led the Bison in rushing in 2018 and 2019, compiling 1,246 rushing yards in 20 games. Named MEAC Rookie of the Year in 2018. From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Will be a junior.
♦ HUGH NELSON II: A 6-2, 200-lb. defensive back who previously played at Georgia. Will be a sophomore. Was the 2018 Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year for the Bulldogs. A native of Powder Springs, Georgia.
♦ ARNOLD AZUNNA: A graduate transfer from Iowa State. The 6-0, 200-lb. defensive back from Grand Prairie, Texas appeared in 33 games for the Cyclones, starting three games last season. Will be a senior.
♦ ZACCHAEUS MCKINNEY: A 6-3, 300-lb. defensive lineman from Weatherford, Texas. Previously played at Oklahoma. Was a member of the Sooners CFP national semifinal teams in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Will be a junior.
♦ COLBY BURTON: A 5-10, 180-lb. defensive back who previously played three seasons at McNeese State. Was an All-Southland Conference First-Team selection in 2018. From League City, Texas. Will be a junior.
♦ JOSHUA BERTHOLOTTE: A 6-2, 210-lb. linebacker out of Landry-Walker HS in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rated the No. 46 prospect out of Louisiana by 247Sports and No. 49 by ESPN. Chose Hawaii over Arizona State, Houston, Appalachian State, Louisiana-Lafayette and New Mexico State. Will be a freshman.
♦ TARIQ JONES: A 6-3, 230-lb. defensive lineman out of McDonogh 35 HS in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rated by Rivals.com as one of the 25 top prospects in his class in Louisiana. Nicknamed “Showtime.” Will be a freshman.
♦ SONNY SEMEATU: A 6-1, 240-lb. linebacker out of Mililani HS. Rated as the No. 11 prospect in the state of Hawaii. Recorded 6 sacks and forced 2 fumbles as a junior. Originally from Tafuna, American Samoa. Will be a freshman.
♦ KOLBY WYATT: A 6-4, 230-lb. tight end who previously played at Georgia. From San Diego, California. Was a three-sport athlete at Shiloh HS in Snell, Georgia, where he was the school’s Senior Athlete of the Year in 2017. Will be a junior.
♦ SOLOMON “SOLO” TURNER: A 6-1, 230-lb. linebacker from Frisco, Texas. Transferring from Baylor University, where he redshirted in 2019 and did not play in 2020. Rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports. Will be a freshman.
♦ JORDAN JOHNSON: A 5-11, 175-lb. running back from Dallas, Texas. As a senior at Allen HS in Texas, rushed for 977 yards and 11 TDs. Averaged 9.5 yards per carry. Rated as the No. 21 all-purpose back in the nation by 247Sports. Will be a freshman.