By Stephen Tsai
Manoa to Manoa.
David Manoa, a defensive end from Aragon High School in San Mateo, Calif., has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors.
Manoa is 6 feet 4 and 225 pounds.
He's the nephew of former Kahuku High and Penn State running back Tim Manoa.
Manoa was under the radar because he had to sit out half the 2011 season after transferring from Hayward High.
"He's freakishly athletic," Aragon coach Steve Sell told the Star-Advertiser. "He probably could gain another 50 pounds and still be as athletic. Hawaii is getting a great one."
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Item: Tight end Josh Long of Riverside Community College accepts scholarship offer from Warriors.
Due date: January 2013. He will be allowed to sign a letter of intent in December, enroll for the 2013 spring semester, and participate in the offseason conditioning program and spring training.
Background: He was a four-year letterman in basketball and football in high school. He initially was an offensive tackle who caught the attention of coaches as a receiver when he was playing catch during warmups. He was used at wideout for a couple of games before the coaches decided he would be of better use as a receiver/blocker, which, of course, is the tight end. He was gaining notice when he suffered a broken collarbone in the third game of his senior season. He rebounded in six weeks, and caught a TD pass in his return game. He was a qualifier, but he went to Riverside, where his team went 11-0 in 2011 and 7-1 (so far) this year.
Impact: In UH's multiple schemes, the tight end is actually two positions: An on-line guy and a motion guy. The intent is to become more flexible, meaning the on-line guy needs to be more of a pass-catching threat. In an ideal situation, the tight ends could be used as large slotbacks, much the way the Patriots use their tight ends, while still providing the edge blocking that is needed for the running game or pass protection. There currently are five tight ends on the roster. In 2013, Craig Cofer, Ryan Hall and Clark Evans will be seniors, and Harold Moleni will be a sophomore. Ethan Watanabe, a freshman, is redshirting this year.
Highlight video: Long video.
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There are indications Darius Bright, thought to be AWOL last week, will be reinstated.
Bright reportedly was ill when he missed two practices last week, although that message was not relayed to the coaches, who thought he was AWOL.
Bright met with Chow this morning.