(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i football program secured commitments from 13 prospects during the early signing period on Wednesday. Among the group are seven prep standouts and six junior college transfers. Six are listed as offensive players, six play on the defensive side of the ball and one listed as an athlete.
Highlighting the class are three local standouts – offensive lineman Arasi Mose (Honolulu, O'ahu) of state champion Saint Louis School, linebacker Darius Muasau (Mililani, O'ahu) of state runner-up Mililani High School and defensive back Tiger Peterson (Honolulu, O'ahu) of Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama. Muasau was a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. Peterson was ranked as the state's No. 11 overall prospect by ESPN.
UH's high potent offense got more dangerous as three junior college receivers signed their letters – Mt. San Jacinto transfer James Phillips, Laney College transfer Jared Smart, and Riverside City College transfer Melquise Stovall, the latter of whom began his career at Cal. Phillips spent one year at Mt. San Jacinto while Smart played two seasons at Laney College. Coming out of high school, Stovall was a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 3 all-purpose back in the country.
The American Samoa pipeline continues with the addition of linebacker Tauivi Ho Ching and athlete Steven Fiso. Ho Ching comes to Manoa after two seasons at Mt. San Antonio College, where he flourished during his sophomore campaign, accumulating 8.5 tackles for loss. Fiso played five different positions at Faga'itua High School in American Samoa.
Both sides of the trenches were bolstered with defensive lineman Mason Vega and offensive lineman Kaimana "Bubba" Wa'a. Vega began his collegiate career at Portland State before transferring to Chaffey College while Wa'a was rated the No. 23 prospect in the state of Oregon and is the cousin of former UH lineman John Wa'a.
Quarterback Zach Daniel joins UH's run-and-shoot offense from The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, where he threw for 1,660 yards and 21 touchdowns while completing 63 percent of his passes during his senior year. Finishing out the 2019 early signing class is linebacker Zach Bowers, a hard-hitting linebacker from Chandler, Ariz., who tallied 238 career tackles at Chandler High School.