Fitou Fisiiahi of Kaiser High said he told the UH coaches he will accept their football scholarship offer.
It is considered to be a soft commitment at this point because he will not be able to sign a letter of intent until Feb. 5, 2014 and, in the meantime, he would be open to fielding "other options." Oregon State and Utah have shown interest.
Still, it is a significant initial step for the Warriors in their pursuit of one of the state's top high school juniors.
"I like the coaches and the players," Fisiiahi said of the Warriors. "I know they're losing games now, but I think Norm Chow is working hard. ... I'd like to go there."
Fisiiahi is 6-2, 240 pounds, and can play linebacker, defensive end, defensive tackle and fullback.Kaiser coach Rich Miano said Fisiiahi is comparable to UH running back Joey Iosefa if Iosefa, at his current weight and skill level, were playinghigh school football now.
In the past two games, Fisiiahi has 10 sacks. Even with those stats, Miano said, Fisiiahi might be a better fullback.
Here's a 2011 highlight video (when he was considerably lighter): Fisiiahi video.
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The Warriors are a couple of signatures away from securing a road game against a big-name school in 2016. Word is UH could receive $1 million for the appearance.
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Happy birthday to Kyle Kamau.
Belated birthday wishes to Ronnie.