By Stephen Tsai
The past couple of weeks, there has been a guy taking reps as a running back and receiver during the Warriors' unsupervised 7-on-7 drills.
When several players were asked to identify the player, most responded: Don't know. But I think he's from Kahuku.
The player is Pololu "Pete" Silva, and he is indeed a former Kahuku High running back/receiver. Silva is hoping that word-of-mouth reports will lead to an opportunity to join the Warriors as a walk-on.
The significance is there is nothing unique about a Kahuku player pursuing the Warriors. That wasn't the case several years ago, when the Warriors had difficult drawing interest on the North Shore. That was lowlighted when an offensive lineman, Jeremy Perry, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors, then decided against submitting the paper work, and ended up going to Oregon State.
Things have changed since then. Maybe it had to do with Kahuku grad Leonard Peters's successful Warrior career. Maybe the atmosphere became more welcoming when Reggie Torres was promoted to Red Raider head coach, and subsequently, his son, Richard Torres, developed into the leader of the UH secondary. Or maybe it goes back to the recruitment of Perry. Turns out that Lori Miano, wife of UH associate head coach Rich Miano, had known that Perry's line mate, Tala Esera, was a very good player. UH ended up signing Esera, who had a solid career as quarterback Colt Brennan's blindside blocker.
Now there are eight former Red Raiders on the Warriors' 120-player roster, including nickelback Kamalani Alo, whose aunt is Lori Miano.
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