Every year D-I schools fly across the pacific to the Aloha State of Hawaii for more than the sand and surf. They make the trek for more than just fun in the sun. Hawaii is home in year and year out for some of the nation's best football talent.
And this year is no exception, and with that in mind, Rivals.com is proud to release the Preseason Hawaii Top 15 - the next to last state ranking that will be announced.
Though Hawaiimay not have the overwhelming numbers that many states have, the Islands always seem to have its fair share of top-line talent over the years and this season is no different.
There could be an argument for any one of the top three of defensive tackle Tyson Alualu, linebacker Kaluka Maiava or running back Micah Strickland being named No. 1 but Alualu edges his competitors and lands in the top spot.
Alualu is your typical rough and ready defensive linemen that the Islands are famous for. He's quick off the ball and very aggressive.
Maiava plays football like that Tasmanian Devil Cartoon character. He also plays with a lot of aggression and has a non-stop motor. Stickland has that special gear that all the great ones have. He can get to full speed in no-time flat.
Maiava is the lone player from Hawaii to make up his mind at this point. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound linebacker is already committed to UCLA.
Up next is the last state ranking for the preseason - The Louisiana Top 40.