By Stephen Tsai
LSU quarterback Stephen Rivers, through an intermediary, has contacted the Rainbow Warriors about the possibility of transferring, according to people familiar with the situation.
Rivers, the younger brother of San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers, is scheduled to earn a bachelor's degree at the end of this semester. After that, he may transfer, gain eligibility without redshirting, and have two years to play two seasons.
UH coach Norm Chow, as UCLA's offensive coordinator, recruited Rivers when he was in high school.
Meanwhile, USC quarterback Max Wittek, in a similar situation to Rivers', is not expected to decide on where he will transfer until May. Wittek hopes to use all five visits allowed for a recruitable athlete. Hawaii remains among Wittek's choices. Wittek's last visit — officially or as a vacation — is expected to be to Hawaii.
A third FBS quarterback also wants to transfer and lists UH as a possible destination.
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You're not imagining anything.
That is Cathedral High lineman Samiuela "Sammy" Lauaki visiting Hawaii this weekend.
Lauaki made an oral commitment to accept a UH football scholarship last summer. He was scheduled to visit on this month's first weekend. But he missed his flight. He then reportedly changed his mind, and was set to sign with Utah State.
But Lauaki supposedly got cold feet … cold hands, cold body. Basically, he preferred to attend school in a warmer winter climate. So, Lauaki did not sign with the Aggies. He is expected to sign with UH.
Lauaki plans to go on a two-year mission beginning this summer. Although he may change his mind after he returns from the mission, the signing guarantees that he would need to receive a release if he went to another school.
Lauaki can play on the offensive or defensive line.
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