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June 29th, 2013


It was a homecoming of sorts when running back Willis Wilson, who transferred from the University of Washington, arrived in town yesterday.

"I was born here," said Wilson, who spent his early years in Pearl City. "Then I moved to American Samoa, then to Arizona, then to Washington in high school."

Wilson's father, Jack Wilson, played for the Rainbow Warriors in the late 1980s. Wilson said his ancestry is Samoan and African American. "My auntie and cousins live here," he said. "Technically, I'm local. I'm not a mainland guy."

Wilson, who is joining the Warriors as a walk-on running back, attended yesterday's player-orchestrated 7-on-7 drills.

"Hawaii seems like a good place to be," said Wilson, whose high school teammate is UH cornerback Dee Maggitt.

"I knew Dee, so that seemed like a good place to start," Wilson said.

Wilson was with the Huskies for three years. He redshirted his first year, and played in one game the past two seasons.

Of his decision to transfer, Wilson said, "I felt like, maybe, it didn't work out (at Washington). It was nothing personal. It's a business. I decided to come here. Hopefully, I can help Hawaii."

As a walk-on, he will not have to redshirt this season.

"I've been waiting my whole life for an opportunity to play at the highest (college) level," Wilson said. "I feel the opportunity is here. I have to work hard and grab it."

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Friday afternoon meant 53-yard gassers:


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After that, the players were on their own for 7-on-7 drills.

Here's cornerback Barry Higdon:


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Tight end Clark Evans:

clark evans

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Higdon and slotback Allen Sampson:


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Quarterback Taylor Graham:

tg call

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Running back Joey Iosefa:


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Defensive end George Daily-Lyles and quarterback Jeremy Higgins:


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Safety Marrell Jackson:


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Tight end Craig Cofer:


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