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.

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