The paper work is being processed, and running back Dominique Small is expected to soon join the Warriors. The goal is for Small to gain admission for the July 7 start of Summer Session II. Here's what the signing means:
> Filling voids: The search for a running back began about a month ago when Aofaga Wily started to consider retirement because of medical issues stemming from a concussion suffered last September. In addition to losing Wily, walk-on Max Broman will not return because of financial reasons. Also, 2014 signee D.J. Riggins, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, will delay enrolling at UH until January.
> Cliff notes: Two decades ago, the UH basketball team recruited a post player with pedestrian stats. But Cliff Beaubrun turned out to be a menacing shot-blocker with an accurate short-to-mid-range jumper. Small, like Beaubrun, is viewed as a talented player who had limited opportunities in junior college. Small played in a rotation in which he carried only 29 times in 2013 (but for an average of 8.1 yards per rush). His first-step quickness and extra-gear speed were evident on video. What sealed the deal was a recommendation from Cerritos coach Frank Mazzotta, a trusted ally of the Warriors. Mazzotta promised Small would be one of the fastest players on the Warriors' roster. Twice during a session at Cerritos, Small was hand-timed at 4.4 seconds over 40 yards. He also is a sure-handed receiver, a must in UH's offense.
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> Backfield in motion: It appears that Keelan Ewaliko, who played nickelback and safety in spring training, will get a shot at running back this coming training camp. Ewaliko, who redshirted last year, was a star quarterback at Baldwin High and rodeo champion.