One of the benefits for Notre Dame getting out to such a fast start in the 2018 class is it gives the staff a chance to focus even more attention on the rising juniors from the 2019 class. After throwing out offers to five members of the 2019 class this week, the Irish staff has gone back to Hawaii for its latest offer.
Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele announced on Twitter that he had received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame.
The four-star defensive tackle already had offers from Stanford, Oregon, USC, UCLA, Washington, Vanderbilt, Utah, Syracuse, Ole Miss and BYU.
Notre Dame has had good success recruiting the Aloha State, landing Kapolei standout Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa in the 2017 class and Kahuko end Kona Schwenke in head coach Brian Kelly's first class back in 2010.
Notre Dame's most famous Hawaiian signee is former All-American linebacker Manti Te'o, who signed in 2009 along with his Laie Punahou teammate Robby Toma. Te'o was a four-year starter for the Irish and ended his career as one of the most decorated linebackers in NCAA history.
Te'o was a unanimous first team All-American following the 2012 season. That same year he won the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award as the nation's top football player. Te'o also won the Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player), Bronco Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player), Butkus Award (top linebacker) and the Lombardi Award (top linebacker or lineman).
Following his sophomore season, the 6-3, 265-pound Tuitele was named to the All-Hawaii Division I second team. Tagovailoa-Amosa was named to the first team.