The Warrior Beat

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.

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