All set

February 16th, 2012

Unless a certain XXXL-sized lineman from San Mateo decides to commit or a top-notch transfer becomes available, the Warriors appear to be set with their 2012 recruiting class. There is some flexibility with scholarship space. One signee is considering going on a church mission, and a couple of others are agreeable to delaying their enrollment a semester.

As it stands, the Warriors addressed most of their pressing needs. They entered recruiting with a wish list of tight ends, offensive linemen and defensive backs. Check. Check. Check.

There is a belief that Jared Leaf would make an ideal fullback.

There are two kickers on the roster — Tyler Hadden and Kyle Niiro. Hadden was bothered by a hip ailment last season, an injury that likely hindered the length of his kickoffs. He is expected to be in good shape for the start of spring training.

A junior-college kicker is expected to join the Warriors as a walk-on this summer. Details have not been finalized.

The Warriors are considering offering scholarships to walk-ons who have been in the program for at least the past two seasons. Those would count against the 85-scholarship limit, not the 25-scholarship limit for the 2012 class.

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This weekend will be the final chance for Hawaii volleyball fans to watch Al Scates in action. Scates is retiring at the end of this season after 50 years as UCLA's head coach.

Scates, who underwent successful knee surgery last year, is in great shape. He swims an hour each day. After the season, he plans to work on recapturing his 16-handicap in golf.

UH fans often yell, "Sit down, Al." This weekend, they should rise in appreciation for a man who brought credibility to the sport.

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