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UH set to add Washington D-tackle

July 3rd, 2014

YIKFHOJNOTFXKCL.20130603012446Four years after committing to UH — and then de-committing to sign with Washington — defensive tackle Lawrence Lagafuaina is poised to join the Warriors.

Lagafuaina earned a bachelor's degree from Washington and has applied to a UH graduate program.

If everything goes according to plan, Lagafuaina will be ready for the Aug. 1 start of training camp. Here's what this means:

> No waiting period: As a university graduate, Lagafuaina is eligible to play this coming season.

> No risk: Similar to former USC quarterback Max Wittek and Washington safety Tazz Stevenson, Lagafuaina is willing to join as a  walk-on.

> Husky Husky: At 6-1 and 300-plus, Lagafuaina is suited as a nose tackle in the Warriors' new 3-4 base. But the Warriors have several schemes, and Lagafuaina also can play the 3-technique. He's another big body on a unit that can never have enough bulk.

> High school days: As an Aiea High senior in the 2009 fall semester, Lagafuaina was a 3-star defensive tackle, the OIA White defensive player of the year, and member of state's Division II all-state first team.

> College days: He redshirted in 2010, and played in eight game in 2011, three in 2012 before suffering a season-ending injury and 12 of 13 in 2013.

> From the archives: Lagafuaina video

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