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Sunday, February 07, 2010

2010 Recruits: Info, Quotes, Etc.

Na Koa has a report from Coach McMackin's 2010 Recruit Review up on their website.

UPDATE (2/8/10): They now have video highlights of the players on that page.
Warrior Head Coach, Greg McMackin declared this year’s football recruiting class a success as the recruits who signed on the first letter of intent day “met our needs to complement our returning starters.

“We have 17 returning starters who are very young, so there are several who could start right away.” McMackin said this was the best recruiting class since he has been here. “Every player we recruited was recruited by BCS schools.”
And as I've done the past few years, below is a compilation of info about the new recruits from UH Athletics, the Advertiser, the Star-Bulletin and various other places. In this year's list, player info is taken from NaKoa.org while quotes from UH coaches are taken from Stephen Tsai's recruiting wrap-up from February 4th. Any other sources are linked.


Kody Afusia (OL, 6-3, 285, Fr, Midway City, Calif./Ocean View HS)
Named first-team all-league as a junior and senior...played both sides of the ball as an offensive guard and center and defensive tackle...named Golden West League’s Defensive Player of the Year...selected to the all-CIF Southern Division first team on offense...also competed in wrestling, where he compiled a 32-10 record in the 285-pound division...picked UH over San Jose State and Montana State...sister plays Division I softball at Arizona State.

Gordy Shaw: "Kody never came off the field. I believe he was an All-CIF defensive lineman. Based on his stature and talent, we could project that he was going to be just what we're looking for at that position (center)."

Afusia: “I felt Hawaii is the place for me... Just the people. ... And I love the environment. It feels like I’m at home. All the guys I met for a day are now my close friends. They all feel like my family.”

Fun Fact: According to his senior year highlight video, his nickname is "Samoan-Beef"


Samson Anguay (WR, 5-8, 155, Fr, ‘Ewa, O‘ahu/Campbell HS)
Three-year varsity letterman...rated the 27th best recruit out of the state of Hawai‘i...named to Honolulu Advertiser Division II all-state first team in 2008 and to the second team in 2009...played slot back, running back, and kick returner...as a junior, helped team win the OIA White Division...finished fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.1 seconds) in the state track championships as a junior...competed in the Hawai‘i/Polynesia-Mainland Bowl.

Nick Rolovich: "Samson is that quick, make-a-guy-miss-type slot we've had success with in the past. I know his size is not the biggest, but he's built really well. He'll make some plays for us in the future."

Campbell coach Amosa Amosa: "He's a great example for all of our players... The kid works ... I mean, everything he does is 100 percent. All out. I gotta tell him, 'Man, take it easy sometimes.' But that's how he's been doing things all his years here at Campbell...It's been a blessing for me. These kind of players come, maybe once every 10 years to see one like this."

Anguay: “When I went to their Junior Day, I already felt like I was part of a family, even though we (participants) were from different schools. They care about their students there, and Coach Greg McMackin is a great guy. He’s like a father figure to me. He keeps in touch with me through e-mails all the time, and he calls me up. That makes me feel like I made the right choice - and I think I did make the right choice.”


Darius Bright (WR, 6-5, 225, Jr., San Francisco, CA/College of San Francisco)
Enrolled at UH in spring semester...played two seasons at City College of San Francisco...caught 21 passes for 227 yards and four TDs in eight games in 2009...clocked in the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds...picked UH over Oklahoma.

CCSF coach George Rush: "Darius is a great guy... There's nothing not to like about him. Football-wise, he's a hard worker, and very athletic. He's big, fast and physical. He likes to block. He's a good team player. He's unselfish... On a personal side, he's fun to be around... He comes to school with a big smile on his face, and he's ready to go work. He'll bring all of those qualities to UH and do extremely well. There are not many receivers as big as he is and as fast as he is. He's going to be a great fit."

Bright: "I already knew the football was good, but they were talking to me about the academic side of it"


Siaki Cravens (LB, 6-3, 240, So., Temecula, CA/Long Beach CC)
Played one season at Long Beach City College...recorded 14 tackles, including four for loss, three sacks, two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries in 2009...signed with Utah out of high school and redshirted during 2008 Sugar Bowl season...lettered four years in football and basketball for Temecula Valley High in California...named to all-CIF, all-valley and all-league in basketball...member of two league championship teams in basketball...honor roll all four years of high school.

Dave Aranda: "Cravens is a great athlete. He played tight end/receiver out of high school. A great basketball player, very athletic. We feel outside back on the line of scrimmage is a great position for him. He's 6-3, 240 pounds, but at this point, he's one of our faster players. He's a 4.5 guy. The issue with him is he's going to be raw. In terms of the tools and the mentality. That's there."

Cravens: "That's another reason I chose Hawai'i... They're known for their defensive linemen. With me playing d-end, it's the perfect place for me to go."

Fun Fact: Can dunk.


Desmond Dean (DL, 6-7, 215, Fr., Tyler, TX/John Tyler HS)
Played for one of the top-rated schools in Texas which won the District 11-5A league championship with a 12-2 record...earned all-state and all-district first team honors...also honorable mention all-East Texas...finished the regular season with 25 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 20 quarterback pressures...ran track and was the anchor of the 4x100-meter relay team...grandfather, Fred, played for the Washington Redskins and was an original member of the infamous Hogs offensive line...father and two uncles were All-American football players...also recruited by Utah, Illinois, and Southern Miss.

Dave Aranda: "Desmond is a guy we've had on our radar for a long time. He has all of the potential in the world. He has all of the bloodlines. He has all of the ability: the length, the speed. I feel Desmond has the most potential of all of the guys we brought in. His pop is 300 pounds. His grandfather played in the (National Football) League for how many years. What people look at is the weight. He's 6-7 and 215 pounds. But if you look at his family and his genes, weight is not a problem."

Dean: "I think it'll be a good fit for me," Dean said. "I was wanting to go to Hawaii so it was real exciting for me and my family."


Dustin Elisara (LB, 6-2, 245, Fr., Kapolei, O‘ahu/Kapolei HS)
Two-way player who played linebacker and fullback...rated the 32nd best middle linebacker and ninth best fullback in the country by one scouting service...ranked No. 36 recruit in the Northwest region and 15th best in the state of Hawai‘i...led the team with 89 tackles...also had two sacks and two interceptions...competed in the All-American Bowl in Austin, Texas, where he had eight tackles...picked UH over Arkansas, Arizona, and Oregon State.

Cal Lee: "(Elisara) is very athletic. He has a great sense for the ball, and he has a motor. He's a big and strong athletic guy who can go out there and control the middle, and make sure nobody runs up the middle."

Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez: "Dustin is a classic middle linebacker," Hernandez said. "He's a banger, real strong against the run. He's big and athletic."

Elisara: “It just felt right to commit to U-H. This is where we grew up. I grew up watching U-H. I just wanted to stay and play for Hawaii. My family is really happy about it. It would be hard if I went away to college for them to fly out and watch my games.”


Ipulasi Eselu (DL, 6-2, 215, Fr., Waipahu, O‘ahu/Moanalua HS)
Played linebacker at Moanalua...named Honolulu Advertiser Division II all-state first team...also selected all-OIA White Division...ranked as the 28th best recruit in the state of Hawai‘i...participated in the H.U.B. Goodwill Hawai‘i Senior Bowl...brother Savai‘i is a tight end at California.

Dave Aranda: "We like (Eselu's) aggressiveness and his knowledge of the game, with his pop being a coach, and his mentality. He's going to grow into being a defensive end, at 240 (pounds). When we saw him in the summer, he was 190. He's 215 now. He's on his way."

Moanalua coach Arnold Martinez: "Lasi's kind of like another coach on the defense for me... Great football IQ and then obviously he has great dimensions and he's able to make plays. ... Just a real versatile player for us off the edge."

Eselu: "This is big for me... I look forward to going to the next level and competing with high intensity."


Calen Friel (DL, 6-2, 260, Fr., Kane‘ohe, O‘ahu/Kailua HS)
Did not play in his senior year due to season-ending injury...ranked the 11th best recruit in the state of Hawai‘i...also rated the 49th best weakside defensive end in the country...competed in the H.U.B. Goodwill Hawai‘i Senior Bowl.

Dave Aranda: "At the (UH coaches camp), he was 220 pounds. He's 260 right now. Both of those guys, in a year, will be 280. We feel they're active, tall, longer than some of the tackles."

Friel: "I was a Warrior fan since I was a little kid."

Not-so-fun fact: Stephen Tsai writes that Friel won't join the Warriors until January 2011 so he'll have time to recover from an ACL injury.

Fun Fact: His recovery is ahead of schedule.


Tyler Hadden (K, 5-11, 175, Fr., Whittier, CA/California HS)
Bio info from the Star-Bulletin: 13 of 15 on field goals last season with a long of 50 yards...All CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division First Team selection...11th-ranked kicker in the country by Chris Sailer Kicking...Chose UH over New Mexico State and Weber State.

Sailer: "His leg strength is well above average, his ability to kick off the ground is well above average and his kickoffs are well above average."

Hadden: "I sat down and thought about it with my family, and with Hawaii being my first choice it seemed like a better fit for me."


John Hardy-Tuliau (DB, 6-1, 165, Fr., Temecula, CA/Vista Murrieta HS)
As a senior, had league-leading 10 interceptions in 14 games and returned three for touchdowns...also had 65 tackles and five blocked kicks...named to MaxPrep’s All-California Division I second team and all-CIF Southern Section...also selected to Riverside Press-Enterprise all-Area team and all-Inland Valley County...helped team finish 10-0 in the Southwestern League...two-time all-league performer...blocked 26 kicks during his varsity career, a new state record...also had 18 career interceptions, 140 career tackles, scored 10 touchdowns and set a school record with 38 career starts...also competed in the Inland Empire All-Star Classic...father played two years for the Chicago Bears.

Dave Aranda: "I think John can help us right away, in terms of blocking kicks. Everywhere John has been, he's won. Everything that John has wanted to do, he's done. He's one of those guys. He has a magic touch to him. He has the height we want at corner. Our conference is a running conference, no doubt about it. We have to load the (tackle) box to play the run. Every team has that one receiver who has jump-ball possibilities. I think height at corner was a need, and he fits that need."

Hardy-Tuliau: "It's a great fit for me...I like the coaches. I like the people."


David Katina (DL, 6-2, 225, Fr., American Samoa/Fa‘asao Marist HS)
Attends Kanana Fou High School but played for Fa‘asao Marist High School in American Samoa...named all-league first team as a senior and all-league honorable mention as a junior...selected to represent American Samoa on the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Team that played Team USA...also played in the Samoa Bowl...attended Word of Life Academy as a freshman and Campbell High School as a sophomore...picked UH over Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, SMU and Tennessee.

George Lumpkin: "The most positive things about (Katina) are his work ethic, his character, and his ability to understand what is required of him. He should be an outstanding defensive end."

Fa'asao coach Time Fitala: "He's an awesome player...He's the best defensive end on the island."

Katina: "I always wanted to be a Warrior...Most of my family went there."


Corey Lau (WR, 5-8, 145, Fr., Honolulu, O‘ahu/Kailua HS)
Two-sport athlete who was also the starting point guard for the Surfriders’ Division II state championship basketball team...in 2009, led Kailua High School in receiving with 35 receptions for 501 yards and five touchdowns...a two-time all-OIA Red East selection...also selected as Honolulu Advertiser all-state honorable mention...participated in the H.U.B. Goodwill Hawai‘i Senior Bowl and was the East team special team MVP...named to Honolulu Star-Bulletin honorable mention all-state and first team all-OIA in basketball in 2009...attended Saint Louis School as a freshman and sophomore.

Nick Rolovich: "Corey Lau is the same type of player as Samson. He has enough straight-ahead speed to be successful. But he has the ability to make that one guy miss and get the extra yards."

Lau: "I'm excited about this."

Fun Fact: According to his senior year highlight video, he had the fastest times in the 40-yard dash, T-drill and L-drill at the 2009 PIAA combine.


David Lefotu (OL, 6-4, 290, Fr., Pearl City, O‘ahu/Pearl City HS)
Three-sport athlete who also competed in wresting and basketball...rated No. 33 best recruit in the Northwest region...ranked 18th best offensive guard in the country...named Honolulu Advertiser Division II honorable mention all-state...picked UH over California and Wyoming.

Gordy Shaw: "David is a big, physical guard-type guy who has tremendous strength."

Lefotu: "It's the overall hospitality," Lefotu said. "I grew up here. I lived here my whole life. I don't think there's anything better than playing in front of the people you love and the people you grew up knowing. It's the friendly environment the people of Hawai'i have to offer."


Tu‘ulauena Lolohea (LB, 6-2, 240, Fr., Pearl City, O‘ahu/Kapolei HS)
Rated the 12th best recruit out of the state of Hawai‘i and 82nd best in the Norwest region...also ranked the 35th best inside linebacker in the country...as a senior, recorded 86 tackles, 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, one blocked kick and two interceptions...named the MVP of the H.U.B. Goodwill Hawai‘i Senior Bowl...transferred from Radford High School...also recruited by Arkansas, Arizona and Colorado.

Dave Aranda: "What Tu'u brings on the field are what you look for in a linebacker. What he showed on his visit was the leadership qualities that he had, the take-charge qualities that you need on the defensive side of the ball. He's like a quarterback guy who's going to make people play hard. His actions speak louder than his words. He's not only an action guy, but he's a motivator."

Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez: "He makes big plays...I can't think of someone who is both a pass rusher and cover backer. He can do both."

Lolohea: “The coaches said I could be an outside linebacker, or a rush end... I would play anything, I just want to play. I know they are bringing in a lot of guys on defense, and there is going to be a lot of competition, it should be fun.”

Fun Fact: His nickname is "T"


Frank Loyd (OL, 6-5, 275, Fr., ‘Aiea, O‘ahu/Moanalua HS)
Two-year starting left tackle...rated 30th best recruit in the state of Hawai‘i and 99th in the Northwest...also ranked as the 99th best offensive guard in the country...named to Honolulu Star-Bulletin third-team all-state and Honolulu Advertiser Division II first-team all-state...all-OIA White Division...competed in the H.U.B. Goodwill Hawai‘i Senior Bowl.

Gordy Shaw: "Frank is an interesting guy. Last spring, he was a little over 6-3 and 230, but very athletic. He has long arms; that wing span that they talk about. He has a lot of upside. Today, he's touching 6-5 and he's 275. That's over a nine-month period, and he hasn't lost a step. He's going to be a very good tackle-type guy for us."

Moanalua coach Arnold Martinez: "They're going to get one heck of a kid... He had a goal of playing college football. We have a plan to help kids do that, but it takes a lot of work, but Frank never shied away from any of it. He deserves it. ... Frank is critical for us. We looked back at the stats, Frank did not give up a sack on his side (last season)."

Loyd: "I've always wanted to be a Warrior... I was born and raised here. I watched a lot of their football games. It was exciting to be in the stands. It's going to be wonderful to be on the field."


Dee Maggitt (DB, 5-10, 175, Fr., Tacoma, WA/Lakes HS)
Rated 39th best recruit in the Northwest region and the best cornerback in the state of Washington...named Seattle Times Class 3A all-state first team...competed in the Hawai‘i/Polynesia-Mainland Bowl and had four pass breakups and two tackles...starting point guard on the basketball team and member of the 4x100 relay team...picked UH over Washington and Washington State.

Chris Tormey: "Dee was the top cornerback prospect in the state of Washington this past year. He was highly regarded. He comes from one of the very best high school programs in the state of Washington. They're going to be top-5 in the state every year, and they have Division I players every year. Great background there. He played at a high level. Fundamentally, he's very sound. Good feet. Good hands. Breaks on the ball well."

Lakes coach Dave Miller: “In my mind, Dee (Maggitt) is the best corner we’ve ever had at Lakes... I don’t want to sound too harsh, but I think Washington and Washington State missed out.”

Maggitt: "I just loved the coaches and all of the players and Hawai'i in general."


Christian “Bubba” Poueu-Luna (WR, 6-0, 180, Fr., Temecula, CA/Great Oak HS)
Played quarterback and receiver...named first-team all-CIF, all-valley and all-league...honorable mention all-area...threw for over 1,700 yards, rushed for 754 yards and accounted for 32 touchdowns in 15 games as a senior...ran track and set the school record in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 21.64 seconds...also ran anchor leg of 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams...member of school- and Inland Valley record-holding 4x100 relay team (42.03)...named to all-league and all-valley first team in track...picked UH over Nevada, San Jose State, and Montana.

Dave Aranda: "Bubba is a great athlete. He can play receiver or DB. He played quarterback this past season. He's really in a similar mode to Siaki. He's a super, super athlete. He's a force with the ball in his hand. As a junior, he played safety. We're going back and forth on him in the office. He's a guy who can go either way."

Luna: "I really like Hawai'i football program... They have really good coaches."


Zachary Quines (LB, 6-3, 210, Fr., Mililani, O‘ahu/Mililani HS)
Rated the fifth-best recruit in the state of Hawai‘i and 88th in the Northwest region...ranked the 17th-best inside linebacker in the country...named to Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin all-state second team...two-time all-OIA first team...competed in the H.U.B. Goodwill Hawai‘i Senior Bowl...also recruited by Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington.

Cal Lee: "Zach is another one who can run to the ball. He's 6-3, a long, rangy kind of guy. The thing about Zach is he can make tackles in the open field. He's like a DB playing linebacker. He has great speed, great range. If we blitz, he's the kind of guy who can come off the edge."

Mililani coach Darnell Arceneaux: "He understands his keys, and he understands the game... The great thing about him is he brings it every day. Once he turns it on, it's on. He has a great future. He'll fit right into college ball."

Quines: "Ever since I was little, this is something I always wanted to do... I always watched their games. Being a fan of UH, my dad was always telling me I would go there and 'one day we'll tailgate at your games.' Ever since then, I've been keeping that in mind. Finally, the day has come, and I'm going to be a Warrior."


Moses Samia (DL, 6-2, 250, Fr., ‘Ewa Beach, O‘ahu/Saint Louis School)
Three-year varsity letterman...played fullback and defensive end...two-time first team all-ILH and Honolulu Advertiser all-state honorable mention as a junior...four-year ILH scholar-athlete...invited to play in Samoa Bowl...competed in the H.U.B. Goodwill Hawai‘i Senior Bowl...picked UH over Baylor...also played baseball and earned Honolulu Star-Bulletin all-state third team honors in 2008 as a catcher and ’09 as a first baseman...possible Major League Baseball draft pick...also recruited by Baylor and Weber State.

Dave Aranda: "Moses has unbelievably long arms and unbelievably big hands. He's 250 pounds right now, and doesn't look it. We recruited Moses as a defensive tackle."

Samia: "I talked to my mom, and she told me, 'I'll support you in anything you do,'" Samia recalled. "I told her: 'I want to go to UH.' "


Allen Sampson (WR, 5-8, 155, Fr., Tampa, FL/Plant HS)
As a senior, caught 56 passes for 867 yards and 11 touchdowns...named to the all-county first team...averaged 31.6 yards on kickoff returns and 14.8 yards on punt returns...member of two-time Florida state championship team...as a junior, hauled in 49 catches for 788 yards and 11 touchdowns and was named to the all-state second team...can run 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds...also recruited by Syracuse, Toledo, Florida International, and Florida Atlantic.

Nick Rolovich: "People will first notice (Sampson) has world-class speed. But his personality and the person he is will make him a great teammate. He's going to make an immediate impact on our kick return. We have to try to get the ball in his hands to make something happen."

Plant coach Robert Weiner: "Allen is one of the most electric players that I've ever seen... He is the kind of player that makes you stop coaching and start watching like an excited spectator... And to top it off, he is an even better human being.""

Sampson: "I know a lot of the people go to Hawai'i for the scenery and the weather, but I fell in love with the program."

Fun Fact: Nickname is "Turbo"


London Sapolu (OL, 6-1, 295, Jr., Costa Mesa, CA/Orange Coast CC)
Enrolled in UH in the spring semester...played two seasons at Orange Coast CC...named to all-SCFA Southern Conference team...attended Costa Mesa High School...father Jesse, played for UH and was a four-time Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers...picked UH over Tennessee.

Gordy Shaw: (Sapolu will) either battle for the starting center position or be a backup. Physically, he's a good player."

His father Jesse Sapolu: "I'm happy he's going to become a Warrior. I think Hawai'i will be a more comfortable atmosphere for him. I always wanted at least one of my sons to go to my alma mater. I'm happy they're representing the name."

London (also doubles as Fun Fact): "They still tell me a story about how they wanted to take me to a Super Bowl, but I told them I'd rather stay in the hotel and watch the Power Rangers."


Sean Shigematsu (OL, 6-6, 255, Fr., Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i/Kapa‘a HS)
Three-sport athlete...named to Honolulu Advertiser Division II all-state honorable mention...also selected to all-league first team...played on the basketball and volleyball teams...an all-league performer in volleyball...also recruited by Wyoming and Utah State.

Gordy Shaw:

"At the All-Poly camp, Sean was the guy everybody's eyes were going to him. At the time, he was 6-5 and about 235. A great athlete. He really stood out in that camp. He's 6-6, 250 now, and starts on the basketball team, starts on the volleyball. He has tremendous upside. He's going to be one of those tackles who's played here and gone on to play in the NFL."

Shigematsu: “Today was pretty overwhelming... But it was exciting to be able to represent my family, my school, the island and UH.”


Dominick Sierra (LB, 6-1, 205, Fr., Whittier, CA/La Habra HS)
As a senior, finished with 61 tackles and three interceptions...named the CIF Southwest Division defensive player of the year and first-team honors...member of three-time CIF Southwest Division championship team...two-time all-league and all-area selection...also recruited by Nevada, UNLV, and San Diego State.

Cal Lee: "Dominick has great potential. He can make plays. He started off at defensive back, but because of his size, he'll become a good linebacker. He's got great closing speed."

Dominick's father Felix: "He came back after a 2003 Pop Warner Tournament and told me he wanted to go there," Felix Sierra said. "I just remember thinking `Oh sure."'

Sierra: "Since then, I've always liked Hawai'i."


Kevin Spain (QB, 6-2, 205, Fr., Scottsdale, AZ/Paradise Valley HS)
Three-sport letterman in football, baseball and lacrosse...two-way player who played both quarterback and safety...rated as the 13th best recruit in the state of Arizona...ranked 30th best dual-threat quarterback in the country...passed for 1,216 yards and 13 touchdowns in a run-oriented offense as a senior...also rushed for 268 yards and three scores...earned first-team all-region and all-state as a safety and honorable mention all-region as a quarterback...participated in the Elite 11 Regional Camp in Las Vegas...as a junior, named honorable mention all-region after passing for 1,278 yards and 12 touchdowns with two interceptions and a 59 percent completion rate...picked UH over New Mexico State and Northern Arizona.

Nick Rolovich: "He's unselfish. He wants to win. Physically, he's a good athlete. The best thing about him is the catch-ability of his passes. And his accuracy. He has a lot of natural tools that will make him special down the road."

Spain: "I used to play (football) video games, and I always wanted to play with Hawai'i because of its offensive style."

Fun Fact: Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson recommended Spain to UH.


T.J. Taimatuia (LB, 6-3, 225, Fr., Hawaiian Gardens, CA/Artesia HS)
Two-time all-league and all-CIF Southern Section first team selection...as a senior, recorded 115 tackles and six sacks ...as a junior, tallied 124 tackles, including 19 for loss, 10 sacks, and six forced fumbles...selected as Suburban League’s defensive player of the year in 2008.

Cal Lee: "T.J. is another tall, rangy kind of player, like Zach is. He's not afraid to make contact. Defensively, you want guys who like to make contact. He wants to get there, and put a helmet where you want to put it. He has all of the skills and athleticism."

Taimatuia: "Ever since I was 9 or 10, I've watched Hawai'i...I've always liked the way they've played and the way their coaches coach."


Marcus Umu (DB, 6-1, 190, Fr., ‘Ewa Beach, O‘ahu/Saint Louis School)
Three-year varsity letterman...also lettered four years in basketball...rated the 24th-best recruit out of the state of Hawai‘i and 97th in the Northwest region...named to Honolulu Star-Bulletin all-state first team...two-time Honolulu Advertiser Division I all-state second team...also a two-time all-ILH first team pick...competed in the H.U.B. Goodwill Hawai‘i Senior Bowl and Samoa Bowl...also recruited by Washington.

Chris Tormey: "We had Marcus in (the coaches) camp last June, and we were really impressed with his ball skills. He must have had eight or 10 interceptions in the three days we worked with him. He has good instincts, and he showed good toughness. He has excellent size. He has great growth potential."

Umu: "It's going to be good to stay home and play in front of my family."


Beau Yap (DL, 6-2, 245, Fr., Pearl City, O‘ahu/Kamehameha Schools)
Two-sport start who competed in football and wrestling...rated the 20th-best recruit in the state of Hawai‘i...named the Honolulu Advertiser Division I co-defensive player of the year and first-team all-state...Honolulu Star-Bulletin all-state second team...also a two-time all-ILH first team pick...member of Division I state championship team as a senior...competed in the H.U.B. Goodwill Hawai‘i Senior Bowl...placed fifth at the state wrestling championships as a junior in the 215-pound division...picked UH over Baylor.

Dave Aranda: "(Yap) reminds me of a raw John Fonoti. He has a natural get-off. His explosiveness and his hips are a natural gift."

Kamehameha coach David Stant: "He's a great player... He's very coachable. He asks you what you want, then he goes up and beyond."

Yap: "I'm really excited because I grew up watching the University of Hawaii, and I'm proud to be a Warrior again."


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