The Warrior Beat

JC linebacker picks UH

January 23rd, 2014

Fullerton College middle linebacker Simon Poti has accepted a football scholarship from the Rainbow Warriors.

Poti is 6 feet 1, 230 pounds, and capable of running 40 yards in 4.5 seconds, bench-pressing 325 pounds, and squat-lifting 425 pounds.

Poti began  his career as a preferred walk-on at San Jose State in 2011. He actually was atop the depth chart in the spring of 2012, but opted to leave because of the expenses.

He said he received offers from Fresno State, Utah State and New Mexico, but instead chose UH.

Here are his highlights: Poti video

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Jesse Sapolu, a former lineman for the Rainbow Warriors and the San Francisco 49ers, is synonymous with Polynesia and football.

But Sapolu will not be one of the seven members of the inaugural class inducted into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame today. That's because Sapolu is a co-founder of the organization, and he purposely was left off the initial ballot because he wanted to see others celebrated and honored.

That's the lineman's code: Lay the ground work, without fanfare or ego.

That's Jesse Sapolu, a hard-worker and unheralded leader.


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