The Warrior Beat

Warriors land lineman, score high on APR

June 11th, 2013

The Warriors' 2014 recruiting class continues to build following a pledge from  lineman Samuela "Sammy" Lauaki of Los Angeles' Cathedral High.

Lauaki is 6 feet 4 and 250 pounds. At Cathedral, he is used as an offensive tackle and defensive lineman.

"He's a very coachable kid, very talented," said Chris Maumalanga, a former NFL player who now coaches at Cathedral. "He's very humble, but hard-working at the same time."

Maumalanga said if Lauaki gains a lot more weight, he would project as an offensive tackle in college. If he is in the 270-280 range, "he can play anywhere on the d-line," Maumalanga said.

"He has really great feet and great hands," Maumalanga said. "More than anything, he's super coachable."

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The Warriors received a score of 962 on the APR, which is above the national average of 949 for football. It also was the program's highest score in seven years. .

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Linebacker Julian Gener, who dropped six pounds, is an example of the new intensive offseason conditioning program.


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UH coach Norm Chow confirmed that quarterback Justin Alo is no longer with the Warriors. Alo is expected to transfer to a junior college.

Alo signed with the Warriors in 2011, and joined the team in January 2012. He moved to receiver, but did not play in 2012 because of an arm injury. He moved back to quarterback this past spring. Alo exited spring training as the No. 5 quarterback behind Taylor Graham, Sean Schroeder, Jeremy Higgins and Ikaika Woolsey.

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Setter Max Wechsung and do-everything-player Harrison Phelps will not be playing for the volleyball Warriors this coming academic year.

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There are four finalist (from a pool of more than two dozen applicants) for the volleyball coaching job vacated when Sean Carney resigned to pursue business opportunities. A decision will not be reached until this summer.

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