LB commits to UH

February 5th, 2013

The Warriors are close to completing the 2013 recruiting class after receiving a commitment from Darzil Washington, a linebacker from Eastern Arizona College.

Washington, who is 6 feet 3 and 230 pounds, initially signed with Texas A&M in 2011. He did not meet the requirements to play for the Aggies. He will have three years to play three UH seasons.

Here's a video of Washington from an Ultimate 100 camp: Washington video.

The Warriors are likely to fill two scholarship spots today — one to a player from the mainland, one from Hawaii.

223 Responses to “LB commits to UH”

  1. Rylen:


  2. gobows:


  3. Haleakala:

    More good news coming out today and tomorrow for the Warriors! Hooray!

  4. wafan:


  5. Stephen Tsai:

    David Moala is signing with UH tomorrow.
    Not sure why people are saying otherwise.

  6. Shoko:

    Not sure if this is old news considering how up-to-date this blog has been on recruiting, but I just heard (read) Matthew Lyons committed to Nevada.

  7. Stephen Tsai:

    UH dropped Tuaau. But the official word is it is a mutual decision.

  8. laulau head:

    Nice! Tomorrow gang...let's do this!

  9. Shoko:

    6. Correction: Meant Joey Angelmire committed to Nevada last night.

  10. gobows:

    Darzil Washington HS video:

    the first 40 seconds is of ray lewis

  11. Pauoa Boy:

    Washington is a nice sized linebacker and that's awesome to have Moala sign. Too bad about Tua'au but I think Yap and Woodard are capable pass rushers, plus Tepa is a beast. Interior needs some beefing up and I'm glad we got Moala, Tulimaseali'i, and Keti.

  12. mo808:

    Goog Morning & Welcome to the Warriors Darzil Washington!

  13. jeezy33:

    ST, can you hint whether its Outer Island or not? haha

  14. tom mui:


    AL - I owe you one!

    Time goes slow ... will Wednesday ever come?

  15. Bugaz:

    I hear that a PAC team is making a push for KT. I hope he stays committed, but it's looking like WK all over again in Waianae.

  16. papajoe2:

    top 20?
    Good mornin!

  17. gobows:

    Darzil Washington's TAMU bio:
    HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Robert Valdez at West St. John High School in Louisiana ... earned first-team all-district honors after making 123 total tackles, including 14 QB SACKS AND 30 TACKLES FOR LOSS ... also forced five fumbles, grabbed three interceptions and had two INT returns for TDs ... his head coach said Washington would have been district and parish MVP but he was edged out by his teammate ... Washington played just one season for Valdez at West St. John after transferring from Hahnville High School.

  18. jeezy33:

    15. Are you being serious?

  19. Bugaz:

    Definitely! I wouldn't joke about this.

  20. MattyBoy:



  21. Sean:

    He's a duck now

  22. MattyBoy:


    No way!!! Are you for real???

  23. jeezy33:

    19. Are you saying we lost him or theres a chance of losing him?


    Well, Tuaau did only have 2 years to play 2 right? I guess we wouldn't want to waste a scholarship on a 2 year to get him upto speed for 1 year to play...still would've been nice though. DL looking strong. Let's just hope we get the FLORIDA boys!!!

  25. MattyBoy:


    Is that true about KT?

  26. Sean:

    Did anyone hear Doris Sullivan on BC show?

    Congratulations PIAA having 55 student athletes signing itomirrow morning!! 18 young women and 37 young men making commitments tiward their futures!

  27. dannyp:


    Are you saying WK is a Duck ( a well known fact) or that KT is a Duck?

  28. Sean:

    WK is a duck now

  29. al:

    st, probably because you hadn't listed moala on this morning's list of commits.

  30. Sean:

    Sorry I don't have the ability to hear lil birdies chirp.

  31. Bowwar:

    Seems like there is a bit of "fluidity" in the commitments...I'm really wondering whether some of our desired recruits will opt for late Pac12 overtures.

  32. gobows:

    for a list of signee's at tomorrow's PIAA LOI signing event at the Sheraton Waikiki:

  33. jeezy33:

    All I got to say is our D line class is super thin regardless. Might be time to just offer Tufaga out of Kahuku. We was dominant this year.

  34. al:

    i like tufaga, too.

  35. d1shima:

    Great Morning All!

    FoFotu MBB ticket packages still available this morning. Go Get 'em!

    Go BasketBows!

  36. jm2375 (iPad):

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Less than 24 hours until the fax machine at the football offices starts chirping with the LOIs. Can't wait!

    Go Warriors!
    Go Wahine!


    Can we get back the names on our jerseys?!

  38. JJones ghost:

    Names on Jerseys would be nice. Its for the FANS, and not Chow's old school beliefs

  39. duffer:

    Wonder why UH doesn't use a pdf file instead of a fax machine?

  40. d1shima:



  41. jeezy33:

    Is Benny Fonua going on a mission? Curious because we signed 3 JC Lbs. Also Drake Miller

  42. jeffdman2000:

    we gonna run a 3-4 with all our linebackers.

  43. haka:

    Go Warriors!

    I would like to see the names on the jersey's back too. Besides helping the fans and announcers with identification, it's a very prideful thing for a very prideful state and culture to have your name shown on nationally televised games for ALL to see!

  44. PurpleMaple:

    ST, FYI, Rivals recruiting update has David Moala listed as committing to Arizona St. I am glad they are incorrect. And excited to hear of the two additional commitments we will learn of tomorrow or sooner. Too bad about Tua'au, but I am sure there is good reason.

  45. DoubleB:

    I really hope the commits we have secured up until now remain committed. I especially enjoy watching Hawai'i own succeed as Warriors. Although Hawai'i has become the permanent home of some of the Warriors from across the pacific such as THE Greatest Ever option QB Michael Carter. He would pitch the ball and take hellacious shots and keep on ticking.

  46. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    Que up "24"... modify plot for recruits until N.L.I. moment.
    Wait for next season to start! :)

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  48. helencalif:

    Talked to my niece this morning. She lives near Portland and watched a sports show last night. Commentators were talking about 2 recruits from Texas that had committed to the U of O.

    They ran their interview with the Texas recruits. "Why did you choose U of O?"

    "For the shoes, for those great uniforms."The fact that the fan base is strong and the stands are full also was a factor.

    Remember, a lot of recruits are coming right out of high school. Shoes, uniforms, and playing for screaming fans are important.

  49. Dan-O:

    Realistically, NO ONE can be absolutely positive about anyone signing with a particular school.

    Hence, we all wait till tomorrow.....for the letters to come in. We should all pray for no power outages at the UH campus, particularly the football offices and fax line.

    For our local boys staying home....make sure they have the UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII letter signed!

  50. gobows:

    pdf is better than fax... probably its a lack of resources at both ends...maybe in the near future they will be putting signatures on an iPad instead of paper.

  51. haka:

    Interesting that this year's class is void of anyone from the ILH.
    Pubic skool mo bettah enywayz! hehehehe

  52. AlaWai:

    Bleacher Report ran this about College Football facilities.
    We need a Phil Knight!

  53. Warrior Dave:

    Since this is a dark period with zero contact with all potential recruits, what does it mean when someone says... this school will continue to make strong push for (insert name here)

    How can any school contact a player legally between now and Wednesday morning????

  54. kev-1:

    #51 . . . is that true? I didn't notice that, but yes, very interesting.

  55. gobows:

    BCS schools are allowed to poach from non BCS schools, it's only an NCAA infraction if a BCS school poaches from another BCS school...yeah, even in the dead period.

  56. Warrior4Life:


    I have a personal eFax account which costs me less than $20/month. Maybe UH can consider having one unless they do already.

  57. al:

    44...i believe that was 2yrs ago



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  60. al:

    remember that lb types make up most of the special teams personnel.

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  62. gobows:

    what about Sale, Aiea get swimming pool, that no count?

  63. gobows:

    Moala signed with and attended ASU then transferred to Cerritos College...he may be a 3 to play 3

  64. haka:

    #62 gobows
    ha! good enuff for me! en da north shore boyz are da champs!

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  66. Leahi2:

    I fully agree with #43. Put back the names of the players on the backs of the Jerseys. But I also add that we should do away with the Haka. We may be Hawaii but that doesn't mean we gotta be pagan. Remember Queen Liliuokalani and bring back the Rainbows, its a God given sign. Nobody likes to take away the "H" Logo. Yes keep that on the Helmets. By the way Who said that the Rainbow is strictly for the LBGT? How unintelligent can that be?

  67. HawaiiMongoose:

    Happy to hear David Moala is still committed. With him and KT plus the returnees we should have decent depth on the d-line.

  68. Haleakala:

    This is something to crow about. According to the ESPN recruiting website, the MWC has only three commits of the top recruits in the ESPN 300. Hawaii has two of ESPN's top commits, Aaron Zwahlen, and Kennedy Tulimasealii.

  69. Warrior Dave:

    #58 Deadperiod - THANKS!

  70. Old School Dave:

    Eh, make sure the fax machine stay plugged in tomorrow.

    Yeah, Roosevelt has a very nice track and field. Their field used to be like packed, hardened clay, like many OIA school fields. Back in the 70s there was a proposal to build a stadium at Kaimuki HS, but that fell through as they built one at Kaiser, instead.

  71. kapakahi:


    Tufaga would have to add at least 20+ more lbs to play DT.

  72. kapakahi:

    With no Tua'au, more so don't understand why UH coaches decided to passed on Melifornwu this past weekend. Makes losing out on Titus even bigger now.

    With Paipai done, Pu'u-Robinson moving to TE and Malepeai moving inside to DT, DE corp kinda starting to look a little thin with just Yap & Woodard the only returnees with any playing time. Tepa gonna have to step up.

  73. kapakahi:

    Hopefully Darzil qualifies to transfer for the Fall.....unlike the last JC signee from Eastern Arizona College (Quenton Brown).

  74. kapakahi:

    #6 & #9,

    No reciprocal interest from UH.

  75. cheepono:

    ST sighting at UH campus center

  76. jeezy33:

    looks like mccollum going louisiana lafayette

  77. Chicken Grease:


  78. BigWave96744:

    Have a strong feeling Tepa will start at DE.
    If needed, anyone think 6'3", 255lb LB Brenden Dailey can move to DE?
    Just thinking out loud :)

  79. Chicken Grease:

    Ah. cheepono. Heh.

  80. dannyp:

    We ain't getting McCollum

  81. BigWave96744:

    Stephen, any word on Siaki Cravens getting a 6th year?

  82. PurpleMaple:

    I thought Tepa had to sit this season under the transfer rules.

  83. Chicken Grease:

    Any status on Leon Sandcastle? Who IS he slated to sign with?!?

    T-shirt idea:

    We don't need Denzel!!!

    # # #

  84. gobows:

    Daley was so hyped up coming to UH. wonder what kept him from getting PT. I only saw him on special teams. don't see how TJ was better than Daley, and seems benny wasn't quite ready. GDL not ready either. if it was a lack of speed, then moving Daley to the line makes sense.

  85. BigWave96744:

    Tepa sat out last year.

  86. Bowwar:

    Too bad about McCollum...Looks like we lost Simeon Thomas too. Oh well...

  87. Chicken Grease:

    February 5th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    By the way Who said that the Rainbow is strictly for the LBGT? How unintelligent can that be?

    It their symbol right now more than anyone else's. (unless you're a fan of "My Little Pony" or something.)

    It's like how the word "g*y" means only one thing today as well, yes? (I mean . . . when have you heard it used seriously for anything but [oh! These puns!] nowadays, you know?)

    That all having been said . . . the UH "H" logo is simply THE best logo in college sports nowadays. Pau.

  88. al:

    83...surely you jest...?

  89. kev-1:

    #86 . . . wow, we lost both? That sucks.

  90. papajoe2:

    Daley started a few games the last half of the season.

  91. oldtimer808:

    #66 What an unintelligent comment saying that the Haka is pagan. What makes you look down the nose on the Polynesian culture? You sound like the missionaries that came off the boats.

  92. BigWave96744:

    Hamilton Tigercats: Jeff Reinebold has been hired to coach the special teams and James Stanley has been brought on as the assistant defensive backs coach

  93. warriorfanatic:

    Stephen Tsai, you yourself said that Daniel Etuale remained committed to Hawaii. How come you dont have him under our commit list?

  94. leron:

    #84 Daley had a good game at CSU, including one of the best (or maybe lucky) INTs of the year.

  95. kapakahi:

    Will be interesting to see which local player is now a possible late commit.

    Unless a surprise last-minute switch-up, a possible late offer? OR a re-offer? OR a JC local player?


  96. kapakahi:


    Same applies to Pita & Keti.

  97. al:

    it'll definitely be a surprise...if those little birdies are correct.

  98. PONO:

    I wish i was in the know. All these rumors are killing me.

  99. MattyBoy:

    Al ,

    Will the surprise make up for the loss of Tuaau and others?

  100. MattyBoy:

    Hey 100

  101. sportsbow:

    What about Ron Fields?

  102. Derek:

    Did Isaac make an announcement? What about Kagawa, Fangupo? Hautau ?

  103. MattyBoy:

    Isn't Haunatau gonna sign with Oklahoma State?

  104. al:

    i got that mattyboy.

  105. al:


  106. al:

    i guess st will post later today of the two commits.

    that leaves one more for another surprise or a last minute pick up as some programs will renig on offers to make room for others leaving the second wave signings. tony grimes for example.

    wednesday will be dedicated to fax machine gazing.

  107. Independent Thinker:

    Looking good with the recruiting, chow. One gold star for you, my brother. Two gold stars if you can get the Punahou LB.

  108. al:

    101...are we still going to wait?

  109. maddog50:

    This class looks outstanding.....there could be a casualty....but we will get a "hole filler" no fret all is good----Go Warriors

  110. sportsbow:


    Who knows. He still have this shown on his twitter.
    "hi Im Ron Fields corner back at the university of hawaii. CB # 21"


  111. jeffdman2000:

    we dont need anymore punahou LB's...they like fake women

  112. AllG:

    Still concerned about our DT depth. UH has historically always had injuries at that position. We have too many LBs coming in and not enough DTs or a punter?!

  113. tom mui:

    #111 not funny - any help from anywhere, we can use.

  114. chowfun:

    re: Hawaii recruit - one and done for Hasiak? I think it was mentioned on this blog that Chow talked to him in December?

  115. Kevin:

    Experts 'evaluating' tsunami threat to Hawaiian Islands following magnitude 8.0 earthquake from the Santa Cruz Islands near Papua New Guinea.

  116. Kevin:

    South Pacific Islands under Tsunami Warning at this time. Currently, Hawaii not included, but not in the clear yet. More "evaluation" of data is to be done.

  117. Haleakala:

    Hopefully no tsunami.

  118. Kevin:

    One of the dumbest things I ever heard someone say from the last tsunami warning issued near Halloween 2012, was “its only a warning”.

    A warning is the highest threat level for any natural disaster.

    If some people are going to try to sound smart at least know what is common knowledge.

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  120. Haleakala:

    Kevin: Thanks for keeping us posted. I have a house and neighbors which would be impacted should a tsunami arrive. I'll check the civil defense website also.

  121. Bugaz:

    The only tsunami I want to hit Hawaii in the near future is a wave LOI's of talented Warrior recruits

  122. Kevin:


    Always good to pay attention. There are too many un-educated and stubborn fools that chose not to and keep tempting fate. Next thing you know, they are on the news yelling and screaming about how "they had no idea".

  123. Haleakala:

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center posts the latest warning here:
    and here:

  124. Slugger:

    Great to hear about Darzil Washington

  125. Haleakala:

    You're right. It's unbelievable that some people go down to the beach when they here of a tsunami warning. Some even bring their kids. When I hear about that happening, I think of Darwin's rule - the survival of the fittest (and not the dumbest).

  126. Bryson:

    I can't wait to see who signs on that dotted line to become a Warrior tommorrow...No doubt I feel that the coaching staff has a few surprises in store like a maybe once committed local recruit staying home or a mainland recruit who wants to represent the Warriors and be apart of something special....

  127. Kevin:

    My favorite piece of human stupidity was years and years ago when a caller called into Perry and Price during a tsunami warning and asked if the HHSAA State Wrestling Championships were still happening at the Blaisdell.

    Michael W Perry scoffed and before he could say anything Larry Price said, “brah, just for you, its still on, go down and check it out.”. :lol: :lol: :lol:


  128. wafan:

    Good evening!

  129. wafan:


    WA to HI via AZ.


  130. Haleakala:

    Wafan: It must be cold and wet up there. Hopefully you can keep warm with warm meals like bouillabaise made from the freshest seafood from Puget Sound and the Washington coast.

  131. wafan:

    Washington has its share of Darwin Award wanna-be's. You should see the the folks gathering for high surf and floods. And, you should see how the lolos drive in snow and ice.

    Amazing to see fools sledding on hills. Looks like fun with parked cars along the sides. All fun and games until someone loses his/her teeth/face/life.

  132. wafan:

    Haleakala . . .

    Pretty normal weather up here for this time of year. Yup, nothing beats a warm bowl of soup in this weather!

  133. Kevin:

    ALL CLEAR given by State Civil Defense. No tsunami warning or watch for Hawaii.

  134. Kevin:


    Just as long as they are the only ones at risk and no one else let em go.

  135. wafan:

    Dang. 6 year old boy in Tacoma with a 200+ average. Bowling without the bumpers.

    Maybe jm340892038473 and her posse might want to challenge him?

  136. wafan:

    Maybe that is why they call it a tsunami watch . . . you can watch them get swept out to sea.

  137. Haleakala:

    Wow: The world's longest cat just died. 48.5 inches head to tail.

  138. Haleakala:

    ST must be digging hard at this moment. I hope he gets the final news soon.

  139. WarriorMojo:

    From twitter

    Brandon Huffman ‏@BrandonHuffman

    Steal for UH RT @bartonsimmons: Agree. Love him as a safety RT @SacBee_JoeD:Hawaii has a STUD WR/S get in Trayvon Henderson of Grant....

  140. Haleakala:

    I was curious about that cat in relation to my dog. My dog is longer - 58 inches nose to tip of tail not counting the scruffy hairs at the end of the tail.

  141. WarriorMojo:

    From twitter:

    SportsCenter ‏@SportsCenter

    A new poll shows that Manti Te'o and Lance Armstrong are tied for the dubious distinction of America's most disliked athlete (via Forbes).

  142. Haleakala:

    I'm sure Coach Chow expects all of his recruits to be STUDs.

  143. Haleakala:

    WarriorMojo: I can see Lance Armstrong being disliked because he is so arrogant and he put down a lot of people. But I can't see why Manti would be disliked. Maybe people can view him as being not too smart or being easy prey, but why dislike him?

  144. Haleakala:

    One athlete who is really liked is Davone Bess. He is candid about the trouble he got into when he was young and how he now tries to help young people learn from his mistakes. Here is a nice recent interview with Davone.

  145. Tofuzuke:

    Teo, u one good kid. No worry about what others say, your Hawaii braddahs and sistas got yo back. No scade um go get um in da NFL!

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  147. Chicken Grease:

    February 5th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    From twitter:

    SportsCenter ‏@SportsCenter

    A new poll shows that Manti Te'o and Lance Armstrong are tied for the dubious distinction of America's most disliked athlete (via Forbes).

    Thanks for this info', WarriorMojo. Wonder if the news hit either athlete like . . . heh . . . like . . . like Tsunami. [warning?!]

  148. Braddah Moki:

    #84 gobows,

    I'm a die hard warrior fan and I was born on this rock to support our warriors til the day I die.

    Going into the spring, Brandon Daily was projected as the no#1 MLB. Midway through spring camp the change was made to switch TJ from the OLB or End to the MLB which puzzled me and felt that he would need to work on reading the line of scrimmage both on the rush and pass. Personally I didn't see anything wrong with Daily's grading and performance. FB Vele was at #2, J Monico was no#3 and I didn't see anything wrong with both of there performances and grading as well. J Monico was a walk-on and played very well during the spring warrior bowl game but was released from the team after wards. I think with L Williams entering the spring and B Fonua entering in the fall, changes where made and the decision to make room was decided based on who was favored and not by how some players performed. What a coincident that the last remaining games of last season, B Daily ended up as the no# MLB anyways. GDL was listed as the no#1 WLB with K Alo at no#2. KV Akeran at no#3. I thought KVA shouldn't have been #1 from the way he performed during practices and the warrior bowl game. K Alo is fast, but he's not build to be a LB. More of a strong safety were he would do some danger. He can't seem to shed blocks up front. GDL maybe done, he was demoted to the scout team midway through last season. For what ever reason, I think he's on the you know what list. After all the shuffling and a waste of B Fonua's freshman year, and a decision to move Vele from LB to FB, its seems as if the position coach players where placed in the wrong positions at the wrong time. The results of last years result showed.

  149. Jeezy33:

    It looks like Rutgers is making a hard push at keith kirkwood ...

    McCollum indeed to lafayette

  150. Braddah Moki:

    Tuua would have fit right in. Too bad.

  151. Chicken Grease:

    Nah gwan werry ahbout rehcru'ting, mon, e'ryt'ing gonna be irie, seen? D'is incohmmin' class got much strength, trahst in bossmahn Chow, brudta!

  152. 310Dude:

    unreal ULL got McCollum, Thomas, and Williams over UH.

  153. Bryson:

    152...I figured it would happen I had a feeling yesterday when I posted about it....I think if we had tripped McCollum along with Thomas it would have been a 2 for 1 type deal....

  154. Bryson:

    This is definetly the kind of stuff that doesn't help us recruit read the response

  155. Whats up:

    I plan on waiting until tomorrow and see where the ink gets put, twitter is not that reliable. It always better from the horses mouth not by word of mouth.

  156. 310Dude:

    153...too bad we couldn't have tripped all three on the last weekend......I think we could have gone 3 for 3. Anyways, stoked about all the young men that are going to rep the 808 starting tomorrow.

  157. HawaiiMongoose:

    Losing multiple recruits to a Sun Belt school is kind of hard to fathom. I guess they just didn't want to be far from home. Oh well, good luck to them.


  158. Bryson:

    I hope the staff can pull a rabbit out of their hat and bring in some icing on the cake type of recruits to finish of this class...

  159. dannyp:

    You guys realize that Lafayette would have smashed us last year, right.

  160. Bryson:

    Wasn't it ULM that was on the verge of beat some good teams last year...

  161. Derek:

    Don't knock UL-Lafayette. They are a very good and up and coming football program. They have excellent skill players and their QB Terrance Broadway is a dual threat playmaker. They gave Florida trouble, and can score a lot of points. If they were in the Mountain West they would be in the top tier of the standings for sure.

  162. dannyp:

    ULM beat Arkansas but ULL won 9 games last year including a 40-24 rout of ULM. And they went to the Swamp and only lost by seven to Florida, a top 5 team.

  163. dannyp:

    ULL also won their bowl game.

  164. Bryson:

    Got ya Danny I remember seeing some stories on ULM losing a few close ones but ULL looks pretty tough and on the rise...

  165. Old School Dave:

    Didn't see this coming: Dennis Erickson is interviewing for the OC job at Utah.

  166. Derek:

    Dan Hawkins, Rick Neuheisal, and Gary Barnett are still unemployed, not that they are hurting.

  167. kapakahi:

    Since UH made Pita his first offer, does that make UH the "early worm"?


  168. WarriorMojo:

    November 14th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Recruiting pitch:

    What do you want in a school? Do you want gold plated bathroom faucets? Do you want uniforms that glow in the dark? Do you want all the latest toys and gadgets that money can buy? Do you want a place where people will cheer for you even though they can't pronounce your name and don't know how to cook the food you like?

    Because if that's what you want, if those are the things that MATTER to you in picking a school – if that’s what you value in life for that matter -- then by all means Hawaii is not for you. You should go to sc, or udub, or oregon or notre dame or wherever so you can have those things that you value. The path has been paved. The road is clear. If that is what matters in your life, if shiny things and toys and gadgets are so important to you, then you are not a good fit for UH.

    Because at UH we don't have gold plated plumbing. In fact some of our faucets don't work at all, and the ones that do may not have any soap to wash with anyway. That’s just how it is. We are a public school in a State where everybody is struggling. Your family is struggling. My family is struggling. Your aunty and uncle are struggling. My nephews and nieces are struggling. Times are hard for ALL of us and, honestly, I’m worried about the future, not just of the team or of the university. I’m worried about Hawaii, about our lifestyle and our people. It’s hard to see what the future holds for us.

    But I’m not a politician. I don’t have all this clout with the high muckamucks. I’m just a football coach. That’s all I do. I can’t make a billion dollars out of some internet site. (Because if I could, you better believe I’d be doing it).

    Nope, all I can do is coach a little ball, but that’s okay because that’s what I love. I love coaching my players. I don’t know if I can actually explain how good it feels when I see the team succeed. That those are my guys doing good things and those people cheering are cheering for them. It’s an incredible feeling.

    And you know what else? Call me nuts, but when the team is doing well, when we are winning, I actually believe the team makes a difference, makes things better. People seem happier. I know it sounds kind of silly, right, but I remember the Sugar Bowl days. EVERYBODY wanted to support the team then. People stood in line to buy tshirts! Everybody was full of PRIDE back then.

    Well, why can’t it be like that all the time? Every year? People say that was a once in a generation thing, but I don’t believe that for a second. Hawaii can be great again. Hawaii WILL be great again. That is my goal. That is my plan. That is my expectation. This WILL happen.

    And you, son, could be a big help in getting there sooner rather than later. We need to change people’s perceptions of UH, but so many of the top kids just go away to the mainland for the bells and whistles. I guess it’s really important to them to play for people in South Bend or Eugene or Westwood, to make those people happy. Whatever, that’s their choice.

    But you could help change that. If you were on board, I could tell the next guy that you were here. And that gets him excited and he commits. And then I tell the third kid that you two guys are already here and he gets excited. People would follow you. And pretty soon Hawaii is a national powerhouse. You could help blaze that trail instead of following a path cut by someone else before you.

    Think about this for a second. Remember how Manti Teo made such a big deal about his college choice? He kept milking that thing over and over and then he made his decision on television?

    Well, imagine if he had gone on camera with an sc cap and a notre dame cap, but then he says, “I love the tradition and history of these schools and it has been a great honor to be recruited by them. But after thinking about it, I realized that there are things that are more important than tradition and history. People. Culture. Family. Those things matter even more. I love Hawaii. It’s where I was born and raised and where my family lives. It’s where I want to live and raise my own family. I want to make a difference there in the place that I call home. So that’s why I choose to be… a WARRIOR for the UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII!” Gosh, chicken skin just thinking about it.

    And yeah, I’m a bit sad when I think about Teo. Tried to recruit him to Hawaii, but he wasn’t interested. Tried to tell him he could help people RIGHT HERE, but he wasn’t interested. So now all that publicity and all that money go pouring into the richest school in the country. What’s another million bucks or two to notre dame, seriously? He’s happy, so I guess it worked out for him, but if you can make things better for people, why not make things better for people right HERE at home?

    So, what about you, son? What matters to you? They always say that if the top Hawaii recruits stayed home every year, we’d be a perennial Top Ten team. And I think that’s true. We can't afford to give you an IPad. You won’t have an electronic koa locker with a flashing neon nameplate and you won't be flying on charters for most road games.

    But you know what? If you come to UH, you can make a difference. You can help make things better, for the team, yes, but more importantly for the school and the State and the people of Hawaii. Is that important to you? Does that matter?

  169. kapakahi:

    Washington's highlights @ Eastern Arizona.....

  170. laulau head:

    Nice! Thanks kapakahi...

  171. kapakahi:


    Meant the "early bird".

  172. kapakahi:

    Looks like.....last season's starting Warrior LT Blake Muir will sign mid-year with the Baylor Bears (in the Big-12).....declining offers from the Pac-12 and ACC.

  173. kapakahi:


    At least Embree got hired the other week.

  174. Konoman1:

    warrior Mojo: Right On!! agree with you 100 percent..

  175. dannyp:


    Can I get a TL;DR

  176. raaswarriors50:

    Per #93 in reference to Daniel Etuale/ Ekuale, is the Hawaii Football Coaching Staff trying to sway him to recommit to the Warriors b4 Signing Day? Plus, who's the other local recruit is UH trying to woo at the last minute b4 Signing Day?

  177. Chicken Grease:

    Right on, WarriorMojo, # 168 . . . a The Warrior Beat instant classic post!!! Bravo, can't read that enough times!!!!

  178. raaswarriors50:

    Per #168 & #177, this was a nice article to read as I can't disagree with the article itself!

  179. 3-Promg:

    LOI DAY is finally upon us. Let The Faxing Begin.


  180. PONO:

    Do we get rewarded for staying up late? Tsai drop us some good news.

  181. laulau head:


    Hah! Good one!

  182. sportsbow:

    Youtube videos of today's earthquake in the Solomon Islands.



  183. kev-1:

    #168 . . . Inspirational? YES. Very good pitch. Unfortunately, 17-20 year olds do care A LOT about the things you mention in the first paragraph. Not to say they don't care about the other things you mention, but glitz, fashion, reputation, etc. are VERY appealing to young athletes. Unfortunately, the U of O's out there don't need to advertise those things, they just have them. They advertise the BCS rankings, the pro potential, the attention, the opportunity that the spotlight provides, etc.

    With that said, you hit the nail on the head with being a part of something great. As overplayed as it may seem, the Sugar Bowl year was GREAT for UH players and fans alike, as I'm sure the Holiday Bowl year was, regardless of however some want to down play it. The potential to inspire and affect an entire state is what I wish all the recruits could realize.

  184. 3-Promg:

    Just checked out some of the Moala video. The guy is quick. Get's rid of his mad and doesn't play "Navel Battles" then is quick to the ball. ST hope you're right on thos guy signing.

  185. 3-Promg:

    Mad = man

  186. Chicken Grease:

    # 182 sportsbow, thanks for the links to that demma d'ere tsunami ai salasie ai.

    Big props to WarriorMojo for re-posting Tsai board classic, seen?

  187. gobows:

    too bad the UH wasn't able to continue the success of the Holiday and Sugar Bowls...instead both times the program took a down turn (Paul Johnson and June Jones leaving) that eventually resulted with the firing of the HC (Bob Wagner and Greg McMackin). Norm Chow had a similar 1st season to Fred Von Appen, BUT, FVA did not have half the recruiting savvy that NC has. on paper, the football program appears to be moving in the right direction. cant wait till 8-29...BEAT THE TROJANS!

  188. Chicken Grease:

    Indeed raswarriors50, # 178.

    On another note . . . great that we never have to worry about a collegiate or professional . . . HOCKEY darft ;) . Bet SteveM could confirm that a hockey draft has NEVER been seriously discussed on The Warrior Beat.

  189. Chicken Grease:

    * "draft", that is. Not darft Vader.

  190. gobows:

    from twitter:

    Unusual Facts ™ ‏@UnusuaIFacts
    Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinope would masturbate in public to show happiness belonged to a man who rejected cultural norms.
    Retweeted by Funny Facts ™

  191. 3-Promg:

    Hehe, just like Xmas Eve waiting for gifts in the morning...........3-Prong, out.

  192. gobows:


  193. Chicken Grease:

    Oh, well, isn't it "Promg" season?

    Signing day = Christmas day? OK, let's not get carried away. Kids stop playing w/their new Christmas toys a week after Christmas. A week after the season starts, most of youse end up hating on the new recruits, bwwwaaarrrrrrrrr, hey, it's true.

  194. Chicken Grease:

    You fine people gonna let a Grease get to # 200?

  195. Chicken Grease:

    Can't really chide a 3-Prong on his "3-Promg"; a Grease himself misspelled his name "Chocken Grease" the other day.

    Heh, just like a Grease to be chocken that Chicken Grease, eh? Hey, is a Grease from Sinope as well?

  196. kruzen:

    Is someone standing by the fax machine at UH?

  197. whitey:


  198. dannyp:

    A little early for the fax lol

  199. dannyp:


  200. al:


  201. dannyp:


  202. dannyp:

    Darn it Al lol

  203. whitey:

    more patience

  204. al:

    oh btw...its not too early to receive a signed loi.
    it is though, too late to hit the 2nd century marker.

  205. al:

    okay time to go take a nap so i can awaken to the whirr of the fax machine.

  206. whitey:

    6 am on east coast. will kirkwood be the first???? patience.

  207. whitey:

    good evening/morning al and dannyp

  208. dianabol steroids:

    Spot on with this write-up, I truly think this website needs much more consideration.

  209. national high school musical theater awards:

    Hmm is anyone else having problems with the images on this blog loading? I'm trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it's the blog. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  210. wafan:

    Happy NLI Day!

    Is this the day we finally get over the Hump?

  211. slenzi:

    Wait I remember the college hockey draft around 2006 where we lost that one LB from Minnesota to Gopher hockey team . . . I'll call Bronco's son Ron Nagursky, he may remember.

  212. kruzen:


  213. maddog50:

    Let's get on with it 7:29 CST

  214. Dante Erlich:

    I found your blog very interesting, i found it on Yahoo!

  215. 310Dude:

    Looks like Barry Higdon signed: :D

  216. PolyMom:

    Wow! Good morning! You watching signing day?

  217. 310Dude:

    Good Morning! gonna try and sneak a peek while working :P

  218. SteveM:

    310Dude -- do you reside on the mainland? If so, please tell us what city.

    Anyone else residing outside of Hawaii? This info for...

  219. 310Dude:

    Hey SteveM - I'm in Torrance, CA.

  220. jeezy33:

    kirkwood to rutgers

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