This week Polynesian Bowl 2023 invited three new players to the game, all from Hawaii.

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All three are in the top five in Hawaii according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

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They join two previous state nominees who are ranked first and second in Hawaii.

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Midfielder Kapaa (Hawaii) selected this week. Solomon MalafouLinebacker Kahuku (Hawaii) Leonard Oh you and safety of Mililani (Hawaii) Gavin Hunter.

Malafoo is the No. 3 prospect in the state of Hawaii in 2023, he is ranked 43rd among linebackers nationally on aggregated data and 49th among linebackers nationally on 247Sports. UCLA leads the Malafou Crystal Ball, which officially visited UCLA and Boise State this spring.

Ah Yu is the No. 4 prospect at the State of Hawaii in the class of 2023, ranked 56th nationally by linebacker on the composite rankings and 43rd among linebackers nationally by 247Sports. In June, he made official visits to his home state of Hawaii and Oregon, but has not yet attended any schools.

Hunter is the No. 5 prospect in the state of Hawaii in the composite rankings, 69th in the national Athlete Rankings, and 71st in the national rankings by 247Sports. He was named DB MVP at the ESPN 300 Elite Underclassmen Camp in Hawaii last month and was named to 247Sports’ top performer list. Hunter traveled to Arizona in early June, shortly after an official visit to Tucson earlier that month.

Malafoo, Ah Yu and Hunter join two previously selected candidates from the state of Hawaii – Kahuku (Hawaii) for security purposes. Ash LionNo. 1 player in the state by 247Sports and No. 2 in the aggregate rankings, as well as playing in Texas and Honolulu (Hawaii). Underworld of Japan#2 player in the state by 247Sports and #1 overall rating.

The 2023 Polynesian Bowl includes Early Invitations. Malachi Nelson, Nikolai Yamaleva, Zechariah Branch, Francis Mauigoa, David Hicks Nichols Harbor, Reuben Owens, Duce Robinson, Matio Huiagalelei, Joenel Aguero, Bravion Rogers, police lemon, Jayden Wayne, Jayden Rashad, Yurrion Dickey, Jason Moore, DeAndre Moore Jr., Help Achan, Riley Williams as well as Caleb Herring.

The Polynesian Bowl kicked off in 2017 with a former all-around back from Stanford. Connor Weddington first offense MVP and former Iowa quarterback AJ Epens Defense MVP. The 2018 game was Washington’s second quarterback. Kyler Gordon and signed Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee were named Co-MVPs. The 2019 game featured Washington linebacker. Daniel Heimuli and BYU receiver Puka Nakua, earn co-MVP awards. The 2020 game featured a BYU quarterback. Sol-Jay Mayava and Washington defensive end Like win co-MVP. In 2021, Jackson State Signer. Travis Hunter was an offensive MVP while signed with Maryland Jayshawn Barham took home defense MVP awards.

The sixth tournament of the Polynesian Bowl is scheduled for January 20, 2023 in Honolulu and will be broadcast on NFL Network television.

For a look at the 2023 Polynesian Bowl lineup, go here.