Archive for January, 2012

Warriors prepared for overtime

January 31st, 2012

With all of the ceremonies and television specials — heck, even Na Koa is planning a $2,500-a-table event — it is easy to overlook that the signing period is a month, not one just one day.

The Warriors expect to learn today whether scholarship offers to about three prospects will be accepted. But they do not expect to fill all of their scholarships when their 2012 recruiting class is announced tomorrow afternoon.

That's because the Warriors plan to bring in up to four prospects for visits this weekend.

It is not a unique strategy. Linebacker Adam Leonard was a late addition to the 2005 class. He ended up having a celebrated career with the Warriors.

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If you're keeping score, grayshirt linebacker Lance Williams of Farrington High and transfer quarterback Taylor Graham of The Ohio State count as part of this year's recruiting class.

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Sometimes the best prospects can be found on the roster.

Craig Cofer, who was used sparingly as a defensive end last year, is set to move to tight end. It makes sense. Cofer is tall (6-5), strong (400-pound bencher) and athletic. He also draws comparisons to Chad Lewis, who played tight end in Norm Chow's offense at BYU. Lewis, who had joined BYU as a walk-on, eventually played for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Warriors will have at least three tight ends in spring training — Cofer, Waylon Lolotai (a converted offensive lineman) and Clark Evans, a JC All-American who enrolled at UH about two weeks ago. Two more join this summer.

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Preliminary plans call for the Warriors to conduct spring practices in the afternoon, with starting times about 3:30 p.m. Spring training opens March 17.

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The Warriors' spring scrimmage on Maui has been moved from March to April.

JC o-lineman commits to UH

January 30th, 2012

Offensive lineman Mike Milovale of Hartnell College has accepted a football offer from the Warrirors.

He was raised in American Samoa, and was a high school teammate of UH running back Joey Iosefa.

Milovale is 6-4 and 310 pounds.

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We all know someone who wants to let you know about a great investment. No obligations. Honest. Just a little of your time.

Punahou running back Steven Lakalaka and Kamehameha safety Taylor Taliulu listened, and yesterday both decided to invest in the Warrior plan. In doing so, they rescinded pledges to Pac-12 schools — Lakalaka to UCLA, Taliulu to Washington State.

"Steven and I are really good friends," Taliulu said. "We were talking about it. We thought it would be cool to show everyone we're serious about Hawaii football. We can change this place around."

Taliulu had been set on going away. After completing his UH trip yesterday, he evaluated his offers.

"I felt home would be the best place for me to get a scholarship and try to be the best player I can be," Taliulu said. "I think coach Chow has a really good coaching staff. I feel I can gain the best knowledge from them."

Lakalaka expressed an interest in medicine. During his visit, Chow and assistant coach Keith Uperesa took Lakalaka to the John Burns Medical School. They met with professors and other students.

"That meant a lot," Lakalaka said.

The message: Many of the  things on the mainland can be found in Hawaii.

Lakalaka and Taliulu then discussed their situation.

"We talked about USC and UCLA, and their traditions," Lakalaka said. "Somebody had to start it. We wanted to be part of starting a tradition."

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Lakalaka, Taliulu commit to Warriors

January 29th, 2012

In statement-making moves, running back Steven Lakalaka of Punahou School and safety Taylor Taliulu of Kamehameha Schools "de-committed" on pledges to Pac-12 schools to accept scholarship offers from the Warriors.

Lakalaka had made a commitment to UCLA; Taliulu was set to go to Washington State.

Both told the Warrior Beat tonight they wanted to be part of a new tradition at UH. They said they will sign with the Warriors on Wednesday.

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Dejon Allen, a lineman from Dominguez (Calif.) High, and Jerrol Garcia-Williams, a linebacker from Palo Verde High in Las Vegas, have made oral commitments to the Warriors.

Allen is 6-3 and 265. He recently de-committed from Arizona State. He can play either on the offensive or defensive line.

Garcia-Williams is 6-2 and 215 pounds.

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The next 48 hours will shape the Warriors' 2012 recruiting class.

What would make it a success? To land a multi-star prospect? To get a mainland-pledged local recruit to change his mind? Just making the effort?

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There was an interesting break during the recruiting visits.

Kamehameha safety Taylor Taliuli and running back Steven Lakalaka both were excused for a few hours so they could play in their high school basketball games. They faced each other. Taliulu scored 17 points, but Punahou won the game, 59-57. Lakalaka had six points.

After the game, they resumed their UH visit.

Island hopping

January 28th, 2012

Plans are in the works for the Warriors to conduct a practice on Maui on March 24, a week after the start of  spring practice.

The Warriors have had an outer-island trip in each of the previous three springs. They practiced on Maui in 2009, Kauai in 2010, and Hilo in 2012.

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Happy birthday to A-Joe.

Open return policy

January 27th, 2012

While the Warriors are making an aggressive pursuit of prep prospects, they also are  saving some room for "rebounds."

The Warriors have been successful in the past in gaining local players who went away to four-year schools and then decided to return home. The list includes Mark Tuinei, Clint Kuboyama, Lui Fuga, Laanui Correa, Wayne Hunter,  David Veikune, Kealoha Pilares, Mana Silva and Kaniela Tuipulotu.