By Stephen Tsai
The Rainbow Warriors wasted little time in filling a QB opening, landing Beau Reilly, a former Colorado State commitment. They also received a solid commitment from wide receiver Don'Yeh Patterson of Carson High.
The Warriors targeted Reilly since November, but they already had a commitment from another quarterback. They also wanted to fill specific needs at linebacker and cornerback before adding to other spots. Soon after learning yesterday they were free to seek another quarterback, they called Reilly, who accepted.
Reilly, who was raised in San Diego, is 6-5 and 190 pounds. He will have five years to play four UH seasons.
He signed with Colorado State in 2011 with the understanding he would join after returning from a two-year church mission. But during his stay in Brazil, the Rams changed head coaches. Reilly decided he wanted to change schools, too, after returning from his mission this past November.
Through his brother Trevor Reilly, who was a linebacker at Utah, Beau Reilly was introduced to the UH coaches when the Rainbow Warriors were training in Salt Lake City between the Utah State and Navy road games.
"They checked out my film and told me I definitely could play there," Reilly told the Warrior Beat. "It definitely stayed in my head. I think it will be a great opportunity to play for coach Chow and learn from him as well."
From reports, it appears Reilly has a strong arm and is skilled in scrambling.
Reilly will be 21 when he joins UH as a true freshman this summer.
Of his mission, Reilly said: "I had an unbelievable time. You start out being a boy and come back a man. That's how I feel. The life experiences, the things I passed through, the people I met completely shaped and formed my life to the way I am today. It was the best thing that happened to me so far in my life."
Two Division I quarterbacks have shown interest in UH, but they won't be free to transfer until after this semester ends.
Patterson, meanwhile, had offers from Utah, Colorado State and New Mexico State on the table when he received the go-ahead from Hawaii yesterday morning.
"I always knew I wanted to go there," Patterson said.
Patterson said he is 6-2, 185 pounds and capable of running 40 yards in 4.5 seconds. He also competes on Carson's 4x100 relay team.
"I'm excited about being a Warrior," Patterson said.
Of note: Keyshawn Johnson was the connection, recommending Patterson to Chow.
Here are Reilly's highlights: Reilly video
Here are Patterson's highlights: Patterson videos