Rolovich builds local foundation for powerhouse wide receivers

Kumoku Noa

Three of the greatest wide receivers in Hawaii prep football history now call Manoa their home turf.

Saint Louis ’14 graduate Devan Stubblefield, Mililani ’16 graduate Kalakaua Timoteo, and Kamehameha-Kapalama ’16 graduate Kumoku Noa could very well represent the future of Rainbow Warrior head coach Nick Rolovich’s offense.

“You heard Coach (June) Jones say this before, the skill position in the islands had elevated in the last 10 years, 15 years,” Rolovich said. “People were always coming here to recruit and you could always get the big guys over there, but the skill positions are starting to develop and have been developing.”

Noa was slated to grayshirt in 2016, but will travel with the team to Australia with an open roster spot available. He practiced with the team for the first time on Thursday.

Timoteo, a true freshman, finished second on the Hawaii career receiving touchdown list with 40 scores during his illustrious tenure with the Trojans.

Stubblefield was Hawaii’s second-leading wide out with 351 yards and four touchdowns as a redshirt freshman in 2015.

“We got three of the best that have played on this island the last few years and I like the young guys,” Rolovich continued. “I like their desire. I like that they understand what it means to play here. I’m happy to have all three of them.”

Hawaii will hold its final public practice Friday at 6:30 a.m. in Manoa.

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