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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

4 JC Receivers Commit, LaCount, Cal Lee

Stephen Tsai has a list of four JC receivers that have committed to the Warriors.
  • Jovonte Taylor, a wideout from Los Angeles Southwest College.
  • Ryan Henry, a slotback from West Los Angeles College.
  • Craig Bell, a wideout from Cerritos (Calif.) College.
  • Dustin Blount, a slotback from Compton (Calif.) College.
Tsai has some info on all four. Here's an excerpt about Taylor:
Taylor, who is 5 feet 9 and 185 pounds, is expected to provide a speedy threat at wideout. Last year, he earned the California title of "Fastest Man in the State" when he ran 100 meters in 10.47 seconds at the Community College State Championships in San Mateo. He has been clocked at a sub-10.4 in the 100.

Last season, he caught 33 passes 499 yards. He averaged 29.2 yards per kick return, racing twice for touchdowns.

"He's a very considerate team player," David Taylor said of his son. "He loves the game, and he's an excellent player."
Dave Reardon writes about the four receivers as well. Here's an excerpt about Bell.
As a junior college wideout at Cerritos College (Calif.), Bell has performed in three- , four- and five-receiver sets. That will come in handy in adjusting to the Warriors four-receiver run-and-shoot schemes.

Bell also has a head start in another area.

"We did a lot of the haka at Cerritos. It gets you amped and bonds you as a team," Bell said. "The one we do here is a little easier than the one at Hawaii, so I'll have some learning to do."
Congratulations to Bell, Taylor, Blount and Henry! Both Tsai's and Reardon's articles have lists of 2008 commits to UH. Tsai also writes about Kainoa LaCount in his article. In a separate article, Reardon talks to LaCount about coming back home to Hawaii.
Making it to the Sugar Bowl paid Hawaii a sweet dividend.

When UH recruited him at midseason, Kainoa LaCount had no intention of becoming a Warrior. That changed with a 12-0 regular season and appearance in a BCS bowl game.

"When I saw the Georgia game, the Sugar Bowl, it kind of hurt seeing that game, and it made me want to come home," the 6-foot-7, 290-pound offensive tackle said yesterday, after announcing his oral commitment to UH.

"I'm ready to come home," said LaCount, who chose the Warriors over Kansas State and several other BCS conference opportunities.
"I really wanted to go somewhere comfortable," LaCount said. "It helped talking to my brother, and I know a lot of the guys. He told me (to) go wherever it makes me happy. My cousin is happy I'm coming."

LaCount said new quarterbacks coach Nick Rolovich sealed the deal with him.
Glad he's back.

And Stephen Tsai profiles Cal Lee, who has been officially promoted to defensive coordinator.
Lee said his father taught him an approach that he now shares with his UH players. Thomas Lee emphasized visualizing every scenario before every play. A baseball right-fielder, for instance, needed to think about where he would throw the ball in specific situations.

"It really helped," Cal Lee said. "What do we tell the kids now? 'Know the down and the distance.' We always tell them to think ahead about what to do when the play comes to them."


  • At Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 9:43:00 AM HST, Anonymous fuzzylogic said…

    I believe that either Coach McMackin or whomever feeds the stories to the media is brilliant in spacing out the news about the assistant coaches, associate coach, assistant head coach to almost one every day. Together with the great almost daily news about recruiting and commitments, it continues to raise the level of interest for Hawaii fans.

    Hoping tomorrow turns out to be a great day with all the guys signing as expected.

  • At Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 10:40:00 AM HST, Blogger warriorx808 said…

    Every thing currently going on with the UH Football program is so awesome. To be honest, around the time that June left and right after Greg McMackin was hired, I predicted at the best a 9-3 2008 season. But with the incoming recruits, and the other positive things going on in the program, I'm having the feeling I had at the beginning of last season when I had a gut feeling that we were going to have a good season. Look how that turned out. Wowzers!! If we were some how able to upset Florida, and run the table again next year with the tougher schedule. This time next year will be a month after we've played in the N.C.G.!!! CRAZY!!!

  • At Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 12:51:00 PM HST, Blogger chawancut said…

    Tombo! Tombo! He's our Ahi!

    Give me an A! Give me a H!

    Give me an I!

    What does that spell???

    Foolio!!!! Haha, joke.

    Ok, back to work.

  • At Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 3:08:00 PM HST, Anonymous wildwahine said…

    I ditto chawancut's cheer!

    Right on Ahi, but make sure you not on one plate ok (j/k)

    Love your blog, an thanks for the memories & good, no great news.

    Aloha, WW from WSN

  • At Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 4:47:00 PM HST, Anonymous hilo65 said…

    Awesome. It seems like when Jones left McMackin started going for guys that JJ never would and he's getting them. First the guys from Kahuku now this. I can't imagine how much better we would have been locally if JJ actually went out to the north shore to recruit.

  • At Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 5:09:00 PM HST, Anonymous SLcrusader77 said…

    Yea, it's baffling why JJ did not pursue such obvious talent at Kahuku during his tenure. Did he ever provide an explanation as to why he didn't venture to the North Shore? Is there some way I can put a photo of Cal Lee, when he was a PE teacher at SLH in the mid 70's, onto this site? Always thought it was strange that Cal taught there in the morning, then went over to coach at Kaiser in the afternoon. His demeanor has always been the same...calm and cool.

  • At Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 6:23:00 PM HST, Anonymous Kaimuki boy said…

    fuzzy good point. It does make good news and gives each coach their own day to shine.
    Everything Mack has done so far appears to have been thought through. I marvle at what he has done in such short time. From Super games, to recruiting on a short time frame but still getting top notch kids, to opening the North Shore pipeline, and to having plans to have clinics to raise the level of high school football in Hawaii and the level of local recuits. It is all brilliant. I like Mack's new direction and are confident we are moving in the right direction.

    Tombo Ahi - u da man for giving us all this information.


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