Hawai’i Football already with five verbal commits from the class of 2025

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED JUNE 3, 2024

The University of Hawai’i football recruiting class of 2025 more than doubled its total amount with a trio of verbal commitments over the weekend.

Linebackers Żaden Mariteragi and Aisiah Paogofie and receiver Brandon Gaea made the announcements on Sunday after taking an official visit to the campus. They join a class that includes receiver Titan Lacaden and offensive lineman KJ Hallums.

Mariteragi, who will play his senior season at Farrington after helping Kahuku win an Open Division state title in Fall 2023, is the son of former Rainbow Warrior Rocky Savaiigaea. Mariteragi was primarily an edge rusher for the Red Raiders, but he also showed his utility as a placekicker and kickoff specialist.

Paogofie earned All-OIA Open Division second team honors as a defensive utility player for the Campbell Sabers. He is a rangy prospect at 6-foot-2 that can also double as a box safety.

Gaea hails from Bishop Gorman and is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver that boasts a 4.0 grade point average. He is also rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports.

Lacaden, a 5-foot-8, 155-pound slot receiver out of Saint Louis, was the first one in the recruiting class to make his commitment before the 2023 football season. He earned ScoringLive All-Hawaii First Team honors after hauling in 84 passes for 1,019 yards and 12 touchdowns while also showcasing his abilities on the defensive side of the ball in a two-interception performance against Kamehameha.

Hallums, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound interior lineman, made his commitment over Twitter in January. He is the son of former Hawai’i men’s basketball player and current Spectrum Sports analyst Kawika Hallums.