For the past two years, the St. Louis School and Kahuku High School have faced off in the Hawaii high school state championship.
In 2015, Kahuku left the game victorious, but in November, the St. Louis School and Georgia Tech commit Michael Minihan won the title.
“I think it was really special, and it was a good feeling,” Minihan said. “(The title) kind of went back-and-forth, but it was awesome. Winning the state championship was unbelievable.”
While Tech is gaining a 2016 state champion offensive lineman in Minihan, Tech recruiters are also looking at the Hawaiian runner-up in three-star defensive end Aliki Vimahi.
Vimahi received his offer from Tech in August, he announced on Twitter. The 6-foot-3, 244 pound senior from Kahuku, Hawaii, is one of two defensive lineman Minihan said he’s working on convincing to choose Tech before national signing day.
Vimahi has offers from Tech, USC, Virginia, BYU, Colorado and Colorado State and is the listed at No. 4 on 247 Sports’ list of top 2017 recruits in the state of Hawaii.
On Friday and Saturday during his official visit to Tech, Vimahi was in a photo posted on Twitter with Tech commits Tre Swilling, Bruce Jordan-Swiilling, T.D. Roof and Dameon Williams.
According to Minihan, the Yellow Jackets are targeting Vimahi and a few more defensive lineman before national signing day.
"There's definitely a couple guys we wanted pretty bad and they committed to other schools, but there still some more guys that are uncommitted and that could go either way," Minihan said of the potential recruits. "I think everyone's talking to more individuals guys in their area."
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