With recent news of dual threat quarterback Tua Tagovailoa committing to the Alabama Crimson Tide, the college football world is now openly recognizing the island of Hawaii as a great source for top prospects.
Tagovailoa is leading the pack for a host of top tier talent that many sports media outlets are saying will continue for the upcoming years. Some other names that have made it to the top of recruiting lists are class of 2018’s Samson Reed of Kahuku High and Jacob Isaia. Reed’s claim to high school football fame is that he is one of 10 defensive linemen in his class with the ability to play every position on the defensive line. Jacob Isaia has transferred to powerhouse Bishop Gorman but it is fair to say that he started his climb into the top prospect list during his tenure at Iolani. He takes a similar headline to the state of Nevada as being a versatile lineman, who is equally effective on both sides of the ball. And now comes Stephen Barber Jr. whose being held as another insanely accurate quarterback coming out of the class of 2018. (photo courtesy of hawaiiprepworld.com)
In terms of accuracy, Barber Jr. has been compared to Tim Couch, the former University of Kentucky star. Scouts will definitely keep the young prospect under a microscope with such a high caliber comparison. In terms of star power, Barber may come out of Hawaii as the best offensive threat in the past decade. Not to take away from what his athletic peers, mainly Tagovailoa, have accomplished, but the development of a young Barber will make for exciting prospect news for the months to come. If the poised quarterback is anything near the talent of Tim Couch, he will undoubtedly be considered not only one of the top prospects to come out of Hawaii, but one of the top overall passers all states combined. As more and more of the big time programs begin to make the trek for scouting (and some vacation time) in the beautiful island location, plan on more top prospects to continue to surface. Stay tuned.