Arizona Football gains commitment from Hawaiian DE, Julian Savaiinaea

Arizona Football extended its Polynesian pipeline as the Wildcats received another commitment for 2023 in Hawaiian defensive end, Julian Savaiinaea.

What’s better than having one Savaiinaea brother on the Arizona Football roster? How about having two Savaiinaea brothers?

Well, making news on Wednesday afternoon, the Wildcats officially added 2023 three-star Hawaiian defensive end, Julian Savaiinaea.

Announcing his commitment via social media, Julian joins his older brother Jonah (a 2022 commitment), after also picking the Wildcats despite receiving offers from Hawaii, San Diego State, and San Jose State.

A standout from the powerhouse St. Louis High School in Honolulu, HI, Julian comes to Tucson as a three-star rated recruit and is considered to be the No. 118 ranked edge rusher, as well as the No. 10 overall player from the state of Hawaii according to 247Sports’ ranking services.

Standing 6-feet-3-inches and weighing 241 pounds, Julian Savaiinaea is a nice addition to Arizona Football and becomes the 11th defensive commitment.

Coming into the off-season, it was clear that the Wildcats wanted to put more of an emphasis on recruiting players on the defensive side of the ball, and so far, head coach Jedd Fisch and Co. have not disappointed.

Out of the 14 commitments the Wildcats have in the class of 2023, 11 are on defense, and Julian is just the latest to join a growing list of recruits that are coming to Tucson for next season.

Interestingly enough, Julian is the third Hawaiian commitment as well, joining Gavin Hunter and Kamuela Kaaihue.

Like his older brother Jonah, Julian is a bit of an under-the-radar recruit as well but offers a lot of untapped and raw potential.

He is a strong and explosive player that possesses a great motor and solid instincts. He has a good first step, lining mostly in a four or five technique, and uses his hands well to generate leverage.

He will need some additional coaching and polishing; however, the talent is there, and the Wildcats were smart to bring in Jonah’s brother!