Video: Early Contenders presented by Shock DoctorWe set the tone for 2018 by looking at high school football's elite.
Last season: 11-0, No. 15 national ranking, beat Kahuku 31-28 in Division 1 open state championship to win its second consecutive state title.
Last decade: 77-22
Famous alumni/players: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans quarterback; Tua Tagovailoa, University of Alabama quarterback; Olin Kreutz, former NFL player; Benny Agbayani, former MLB player.
Star power (According to 247Sports): 5-star recruits — 0; 4-star recruits — 2; 3-star recruits — 5
KEY PLAYERSDT Faatui Tuitele (6-4, 300, Sr.)
— The 5-star defensive tackle checks in as the No. 1 player overall in Hawaii and a Top 30 player in the Class of 2019.LB Jordan Botelho (6-3, 220, Jr.)
— He and Tuitele give St. Louis one of the best defensive duos in the country. The 4-star recruit is the No. 6 inside linebacker in the Class of 2020.QB Jayden de Laura (6-0, 180, Jr.)
— Expect the talented quarterback from the Class of 2020 to become of the Aloha State's best player over the next two seasons. WR Matt Sykes (6-3, 195, Jr.)
— The 4-star is emerging as one of the top up-and-coming wide receivers from the Class of 2020. DE Gino Quinones (6-2, 260, Sr.)
— The 2019 USC commit is a beast coming off the edge. KEY GAMESAug. 17
— vs. No. 24 Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.)Aug. 25
— at MililaniSept. 7
— vs. KahukuSept. 14
— vs. PunahouSTORYLINES
• St. Louis will own one of the best defenses in 2018. Tuitele, Botelho, and Quinones are as good as any trio in the country. Stanley McKenzie
, Liloa Kapiko
and Darrell Masaniai
help fill out arguably the best front seven in high school football.
• Lee is a quarterback guru as well as being one of the elite coaches in the nation. St. Louis has had some big-time quarterbacks in the past, including Marcus Mariota
, Tua Tagovailoa
, Timmy Chang, Jeremiah Masoli, and Chevan Cordeiro
. Next up is de Laura.
• St. Louis is featured in the MaxPreps Top 10 Games of the Year
with its matchup against No. 25 Narbonne. Both teams are loaded in 2018 and that game will teach a lot about both squads.