The Warriors' 2012 schedule has been released.
One word: Ouch.
Five of the first eight games are on the road. During a stretch in the middle of the season, the Warriors will be on the road for four of five games.
Sept. 1 — At USC
Sept. 8 — Bye
Sept. 15 — Lamar
Sept. 22 — Nevada
Sept. 29 — At BYU
Oct. 6 — At San Diego State
Oct. 13 — New Mexico
Oct. 20 — Bye
Oct. 27 — At Colorado State
Nov. 3 — At Fresno State
Nov. 10 — Boise State
Nov. 17 — At Air Force
Nov. 24 — UNLV
Dec. 1 — South Alabama
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John Wa‘a, a Kahuku High junior, admittedly was "not really" a Warrior fan growing up on Oahu's North Shore.
Nor did he have vast previous knowledge of UH head coach Norm Chow.
But he is fond of the Warriors' newly installed pro-set offense ("I've played it my whole life") and likes the UH coaching staff. Most of all, like a satisfied home owner, his decision was based largely on location.
He cited his close family ties as the top reason why he made an oral commitment to the Warriors a week ago. "All of my family is here," Wa‘a said. "I can't live without them."
Wa‘a is 6 feet 3 and 275. He projects to be a college offensive guard. If he holds true on his pledge — the next signing day is Feb. 6, 2013 — he would be UH's earliest commitment.
The Warriors are hopeful Wa‘a will help lead other local prospects to remain in the state. Wa‘, who was named to the 2011 All-State first team as a junior, is expected to be one of the top prospects of the 2013 recruiting class.
"I want to be a Warrior," Wa‘a said.
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