By Stephen Tsai
A highly regarded linebacker from Las Vegas has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors.
T.J. Alofipo gave his verbal commitment this morning.
"That's where I want to be," Alofipo told The Advertiser.
He is rated as Nevada's top linebacker, and the state's fourth-best player overall. Alofipo is 6 feet 2 and 235 pounds.
He said he has been timed at 4.7 seconds over 40 yards. He can dunk a basketball.
Last season, Alofipo made 66 tackles, including 11.5 for sacks.
Although he played strongside linebacker, he also projects as a middle linebacker and defensive end.
He also received scholarship offers from Arizona, Fresno State, Colorado State, Brigham Young and UNLV.
Here's his highlight video (with the link courtesy of Tombo Ahi):
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The players are supposed to be tapering this week in preparation for the weekend's start of training camp. But defensive end John Fonoti and slotback Aaron Bain have not slowed down. Both have continued to participate in running and weightlifting sessions. Not surprisingly both will go on scholarship this weekend.
Here's Bain trying to defend his girlfriend, UH soccer player Kristen Oshiro.
Bain then set up the JUGS, an electronic football-throwing machine.
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Here's the new-look Daniel Otineru, who underwent jaw surgery to correct sleep apnea. Otineru, who won't be medically cleared until November, has received a medical hardship for this season.
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Don't forget Heather McMackin's football clinic for women is set for Aug. 19 in the Stan Sheriff Center. (It was moved from Aug. 21 because of the Pigskin Pigout.) The clinic is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each attendee will receive a "playbook" of terms, diagrams and talking points. Light refreshments will be served. The fee is $10. For information, call 956-6508 or e-mail: email@example.com.
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Here's a picture of Caryn Kunz and her fiance, Washington State football player Vaughn Lesuma. Not to worry Warrior fans: Kunz's family is backing UH. Vaughn leaves Saturday for Pullman. The Cougars open training camp on Monday.