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Congrats Rolo, I’m pumped. We be kicking some serious ass next year !
i hear it from everyone every year..we need speed to compete..unfortunately local kids don’t have that speed
The title spells it out, “UH secures 23 recruits, none from Hawaii”. Its all about football, and nothing to do with helping Hawaii students get a college education thru athletics.
Hawaii went after every top local recruit. They offered 14 of the top 15 players, and all of them chose to go away.
I have no complaints about the 23 recruits which UH secured; it was a great job done by our coaches. I’m absolutely happy with these recruits.
I WONDER IF SOME OF THE LOCAL RECRUITS WERE INTIMIDATED BY WHOM THEY SAW WERE ALREADY HERE, AND ALSO BY WHOM THEY WOULD BE COMPETING AGAINST COMING IN FROM THE MAINLAND, SO THEN DECIDED TO TAKE THEIR CHANCES ELSEWHERE?
Not for lack of trying by UH.
Yep, if they all think they are too big for UH, then they will find out the hard way the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Props to the recruits from the mainland who could have also gone to a power five school but chose to come to UH instead. The perception is a lot better of the islands if you had to freeze your behind during the winter months on the mainland every year since you were born.
What do you think alllll the other big name schools that DID get all the States top recruits do any differently? They ALL promise a good education but more importantly the fact that they could possibly get to a national championship game. To a young talented kid, thats all he needs to hear! Rolo, you did a GREAT job with what you could get. If these local kids want to go elsewhere, then go. Im sure we will be just as proud of the recruits coming to HAWAII, no matter where they come from!
I beg to differ. Take a look at each “local boy” who signed elsewhere. They all had offers from Hawai’i. They made a choice to go elsewhere! I would and did when I made my college choice! My view of things when I chose my college was I’ve been here my whole 17 of life. When I went on trips to play ball in the summer on the mainland, it was awesome! MLB games, NFL games, Huge Stadiums, Theme parks, Skiing, etc. We have the awesome Punahou Carnival coming up! That makes me want to stay home to play football here! C’mon! Let these young men and women live life! Their parents raised them right and we should wish them the best!
You make it sound as if staying local is a bad decision somehow. While I agree that going to the continent offers different life experiences it also exposes them to the “underbelly” of living on the continent as well. When it comes down to it the decision is an individual one. Welcome to the new Warriors. BTW, there are plenty of local players on this roster.
And I beg to differ with you as well! If you look at the athletes and the schools they chose, you’d be hard pressed to find a “no name” school on that list. Which boils down to the schools that have a much better chance of going to bowl games and especially a national championship and never forget exposure! If you think that most of these kids went to their respective schools with theme parks and skiing as their motivation to choose those schools…yikes!!!
IkaikaClothingofHNL, I totally agree with you. In the end, it’s about the total college experience — not just football. Getting away from home, experiencing independence, exploring and discovering a different environment and culture, making new friends, earning a degree from a prestigious university — the list goes on. I think we ought to be happy for these young athletes who have a chance to expand their horizons through football. This works both ways. Athletes on the mainland can’t help but be attracted to Hawaii, and many are leaving home to experience college life in a totally different environment and culture. As Valleyisle57 says, “Im sure we will be just as proud of the recruits coming to HAWAII, no matter where they come from!”
Imua, Coach Rolovich. Let’s win some more games!!
Rolo got some really big/tall dudes on both sides of the line and that’s what they need. Also the skilled position players are tall and some are quick and fast. I don’t feel bad about a lot of the local boys not signing , good luck to them. This is a great class this year.
No local recruits is concerning. If I were a parent of a recruit coming to Hawaii, the first question I would be asking is what do the local kids know about UH that I didn’t known? Coach Rolo needs to have someone take a confidential survey of our Hawaii players to find out the reasons they didn’t stay home. I understand some of our blue chip players wanting to go to a big name school. But having zero Hawaii players recruited is curious.
Good luck to all of Hawaii’s players going off to college and Aloha to all of the recruits joining the Bows!
What do local kids know about UH that I (parent) didn’t know? Local kids know the same thing they been knowing for years — I want to leave da rock. This is nothing new.
Had Al and Niko Noga played in this day and age, they would have probably played for Oregon.
More than anything, local kids want to play for a winner. UH hasn’t had a winning season in seven years! Seven years! These Hawaiʻi kids grew up watching a suck wind team. That’s why they don’t want to play here. If Rolo can put together some winning seasons, more of the local kids will stay. But Rolo did a great job this year local kids or no – this is 10 times better than Chow’s best year.
BINGO. Poster trying to rationalize that the very best Hawaii high school blue chip recruits had “rock fever” and needed to leave the islands however until UH football and its coaching staff develops a winning tradition and EARNS the respect as a program like Boise State or even BYU, the best of the best in Hawaii are going elsewhere. Just like the talk about pouring more money into the DOE and giving them a specific taxing power to “improve public education” or firing Matayohi and hiring a new Superintendent. Hawaii parents do NOT fall for the hype and continue to work two or more jobs and sacrifice financially to send their kids to private school. Hawaii parents know the true score: until DOE starts firing incompetent teachers and getting rid of all of the do nothing administrators and really hold teachers, administrators AND students and their parents accountable, all the money in the world will not change the DOE. I really hope Rolo can turn things around but the reality is he is inexperienced as a successful head coach in the Div1A or NFL level and players are only as good as their coaches. If you don’t have a solid, experienced and stable coaching staff that has a winning tradition OR knows how to turn a team around to have a winning tradition, it is extremely difficult to turn things around. Maybe given enough time Rolo and his assistants can gain the experience, however the longer the team struggles (they are NOT even close to the level of a Boise State) the more difficult it will be to climb out of the cellar but capturing the very best blue chip recruits, which is a catch 22 situation. Again, Hawaii’s top blue chip high school players and their parents are NOT fooled: When UH football program and its coaching staff are at level comparable to a Boise State, will be the time MANY Hawaii blue chip players will stay in Hawaii and choose to play for UH over many top mainland colleges.
And you can do a survey on why kids from outside Hawaii want to come here and leave their hometowns too.
amela, exactly. Same same. Thanks for reducing a complicated issue into a simple equation.
The best of the best of the local kids were never going to stay in Hawaii.You might have been able to grab some of the lower tier guys but it would be in those kids best interest for them to experience life outside the islands and broaden their horizons. Roll will do a great job with the recruits secured. The last time Hawaii grabbed a who;e bunch of local recruits was under Chow, it didn’t work out for those kids. Don’t blame the kids for being gun shy.
So true – and more power to all of the student athletes! The best want to get out of their comfort zone, away from their parents, and into something that is completely foreign to them, so they can find out who they are – – the only way to “grow up”. We welcome the new ‘Bows, and wish our of Island student athletes all the success they can achieve in the Mainland. That’s Life!
Agreed. I’m looking forward to a great season.
Hawaii boys were offered and pursued. They chose to leave. Good luck to them.
I’m happy with the class with have. Awesome job Rolo and staff.
Yep. With the large number of 3 star rated athletes in this recruiting class, the amount of talent there probably surpasses the recruiting classes we have had since the June Jones years. Can’t wait to see how these kids do on the field since a lot of them look like the real deal and can contribute right away to the team, especially on the defensive line.
Wow what a haul. I wonder if that recruiting class didn’t make a lot of guys leave the state. So much talent and size out there.
looks good to me, at least on paper. We got guys with some pretty nice size.
Coach Nick’s first full recruiting class. Good job, Coach, and to the staff and student-athletes. Support the rock. Buy season tickets. Let’s pack the Stadium. Buy season tickets. Go ‘Bows.
A 6’4″ db? Wow! I had images of Cam Chancelor! Love the size of these young men. Hearing Romo’s team philosophy about the team being an Ohana, I am sure this recruiting class also has great character about themselves. Study hard, work hard, play hard, and enjoy the moment. Welcome to Hawaii! To the fine young athletes leaving Hawaii to play ball on th mainland, we wish you a healthy and successful college career. Hawaii will always be here and be your home.
Great work by a very hard working staff, and welcome to the new Warriors!
There are young men from who will be joining the team as preferred walk ons. The walk on program is an integral part of UH football, and it gives the “under the radar”, “late bloomer” and/or “less heralded” individuals who know in their hearts that they have the right stuff the opportunity don the green and white and perhaps earn a scholarship down the line. Thus, there are those from Hawaii who will become part of the incoming group of players despite what the headline implies.
Good job Rolo, the local recruits will leave the rock(island) to venture far and near. When they are home sick and want to come home to play, welcome them home with open arms. BUT now we can have them play for the home team for FREE.. no scholarship needed. Make them earn there way on the team. Now we have one of the states top prospects playing for free..
Mahalo and congratulations to Coach Rolo, Coach Stutz, Coach Smith, Coach Naeole, Coach Lempa, and the rest of the staff on a job well done! As a loyal Warrior faithful, it doesn’t bother me one bit that no local boys were signed. May they find their experiences on the continent a joyous and successful one, but like Fred Ulu Perry did, your “home team” will always be here unless you burnt that bridge! On paper we look great! Great size, especially on the line and secondary! See you guys in the Fall at Halawa! Good luck to all the recruits as they take their talents to the next level and of course, congratulations to your parents as well! Go Warriors!
Even if these Hawaii recruits go on to have a professional career, a pro’s career is relatively short. Recruits should get the best possible education for a strong base after their pro careers are over.
Congrats to Coach Rolo, his staff and all his players who worked hard in putting together this great recruiting class. The top kids from Hawaii, never stayed home to play. Rolo and staff went after all of them, but i bet the boys and especially their parents never had UH on their list. I have no issue with kids and parents deciding to leave. good for them. I think that reporting on them should stop after today. Lets move on with the players who have decided to rep Hawaii. Said it before, Rolo got more 3 star recruits than those kids listed in Hawaii’s top 20. Plus Rolo is bringing in size and speed that those hawaii kids lack.
Good luck to the boys that are leaving, congrats to the boys that are coming!! If you leave and don’t like it, ask if you can walk on but please have your parents pay the full tuition. The full rides should be given to those that bought in from the start.
Proud of all these young men. Getting a FREE education for playing football is incredible.
I too would LEAVE Hawaii and get a much better education and explore the world and open your eyes.
Living only in Hawaii is not good, travel and understand there is much more in the world and many different opinions.
Why is living only in Hawaii “not good”? There are millions of people who spend their entire lives living in one state, and they are totally successful and happy. Why is Hawaii any different? There are many ways to experience the world (travel, study, formal education, etc), without having to move.
On paper this looks like the best recruiting class in many years. I especially like the linemen they picked up on both sides of the ball. This could be the foundation to build the program around. A couple more years like this and UH could be a regular contender.
Probably best for all these local young men to leave the island to stay disciplined and grow up with an expanded world view. Good luck to all of them. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a local walk on that would be the next Rich Miano, Chad Owens or Nate Jackson next season.
One can never tell how good a player will become judging by how highly recruited, or should I say, how overlooked they were on National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Case in point: Last season’s Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos had two starters who were college walk-ons in Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward and center Matt Paradis. A bunch of teams who made the playoffs this season also have starters who were former college walk-ons such as four-time Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski and starting receiver Chris Hogan of the New England Patriots. The Green Bay Packers featured two former college walk-ons in six-time Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews along with starting receiver Jordy Nelson who was a Pro Bowl selection in 2014. Then we have Pittsburgh Steelers’ five-time Pro Bowl selection Antonio Brown who was an unrecruited high school quarterback. Pro Bowl defensive end Ezekiel Ansah of the Detroit Lions was likewise a walk-on. And last, but definitely not least, we have four-time Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans who was voted three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Very hard to imagine how arguably the best defensive player in the NFL was also a college walk-on!
That being said, like some of the others mentioned previously, this recruiting class looks good on paper in terms of size, athleticism and filling pressing needs at various positions on offense and defense. The vast majority of the three-star recruits which UH pursued but chose not to sign with Hawaii, signed with teams from Power Five conferences–so in no way does this reflect unfavorably on Hawaii’s diligent recruiting efforts. Go Warriors!
No matter where the players are from when they put on the Green and White, they are Warriors and Warrior Nation is behind them. After years of just wanting the season to finish, now I can’t wait until it starts. Keep up the good work, Rolo.
Live with Aloha. Play like a Warrior! Welcome to Hawai’i nei!
Coach Rolo is doing the best he can to recruit the top local players but in no way can UH compete with the blue chip schools on the mainland and that is just the reality.
A few blue chip local players may return and play for UH if things do not work out for them on the mainland but there will not be enough of them to be significant.
I still believe that UH would be better off in going down to Division II where we could be very competitive and have very good teams.
The idea that we can compete at the Division I level anymore is not realistic. Look at it this way, does anyone think that UH can compete academically with UCLA, Stanford,
Harvard, or other top academic schools. Then why would anyone think that we could compete against schools like Alabama, USC, Nebraska, Washington, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia and those other top tier Division I schools who year after year field champion and winning football teams.
Time to get real.
First things first. Before we can think about competing with the Power 5 schools, we better make sure we can compete with the other MWC schools. Rolo can’t get it all at once, just build it piece by piece. He’s on the right track.
As scotti6223 pointed out, to be successful UH does NOT have to compete at the level of an Alabama or Clemson; all they have to do is compete at the level of a Boise State. Little before my time but during the Tomey and Wagner years, UH was on par with BYU and during that time their attendance was averaging over 40,000. If Rolo can consistently play at the level of Boise State which hovers, I think, around #20 in the nation (sometimes better, sometimes worse) but ALWAYS in the hunt for the conference championship, UH will average over 40,000 per game and will NEED a stadium with the same capacity of Aloha Stadium. The planners for the replacement of Aloha stadium have zero faith in Rolo and UH football and the reason why they want to build a stadium with only a 30K capacity and sell of Aloha Stadium land to make money on building homes and condos.
PS: Should have said “…during the Tomey, Wagner and JJ years…”
A D-II TEAM WOULD NOT GET THE 23 RECRUITS THAT ROLO GOT THIS YEAR…AND NO, THE ONES A D-II TEAM WOULD GET WOULD NOT, REPEAT…NOT BE BETTER THAN THE AFOREMENTIONED 23 RECRUITS.
And how many academic recruits? None?
A nice set of players to come in and develop. I expected a small turnaround and Rolo exceeded it. This is his first true recruiting class and it shows me that he is trying to build a sustainable program. Crawl, walk, run.
none from Hawaii, but they all want to bleed green for us. They’re the ones who should be getting all the ink, not the ones leaving……just saying
Welcome all recruits and thank you for playing for the warriors.
So we only offered 15 scholarships out of 20 kids that went to mainland D1 schools?
Pride rock couldn’t land or convince 1 kid that his opportunity at UH with Coach Rolo would be better than traveling to the mainland where he would play for nobody he knows? This class looks good but I dont see any guys that our boys would be afraid or intimidated by that their new school doesn’t have a handful of. I dont know about the rest of you guys but I enjoy watching Hawaii kids play in our uniforms and have 20 of their family members cheering them on.
Wonder how many schools in the country dont have 1 kid from their state?
lets hope we get at least one local player next year.
These 23 students want to be here. Their names will be remembered by many. The 23 who decided to go away, good luck when you return and try to get a job. What better reference than to say that attended UHM.
That’s how it is. Those mainland players rarely stay home as well. Everyone goes where they want to go or comfortable with. Go Bows!
As a loyal and staunch Warrior football fan, I am thrilled to see this year’s crop of recruits coming to play for our Warrior football team. They are big and heavy and really looks promising for the Warrior football program in the years to come.
I realize mainland schools like Michigan, USC, Alabama and a few others see the talent we have in Hawaii. So its a challenge for Coach Nick Rolovich to keep the local kids home. But what we lose locally and unfortunately it will continue, the type of Warrior football recruits like this year is more than make up what we lost locally. In some cases, better than our local kids who went away.
But the recruits coming and their comments about their love for Hawaii and playing for our University of Hawaii football team, are the “True Hawaii Warriors” even though they were not born in the islands.
Last year Rolo lost his OC selection to Boise St before start of the season. This year he was hopeful to sign 1 or 2 top local players , but that did not work out as well. Noticed that when Rolo experience a set back , he does not complain and whine about thing failing to go his way. He and his staff has shown great resiliency and do the next best thing in their control. Maybe we can all learn from them.
I agree with many-this years class is good. Many of our recruits are polynesian with ties to Hawaii. There are more Part-Hawaiians and Samoans on the mainland than there are in their respective indigeonous homelands. What difference does it make to these Polynesian athletes who have relatives that live in Hawaii? Except that these athletes from the mainland continent who selected UH want to become part of the warrior ohana. To be frank, many of our 2017 polynesian recruits could have easily cracked the top 20 from Hawaii. We recruited 3 from Samoa, another Poly from Australia (Arkansas) and 5 more from other states. That is at least 9 w Hawaii connections. 40% of the recruiting class with polynesian ties to Hawaii. So what’s the beef? Great job by ROLO & Staff.
It is perception. Glass half full or half empty. Local recruits going non local recruits coming.
If the trend is that way need to look at the glass as being half full. How much better would the team be if all the top 15 players stayed home to play. Better than the top 15 coming in. Face it the size and quickness is not found in many of our local players, a few yes.
Thus if Rolo and his coaches start winning with more out of state players and out of country players, would it not help them bring in better players to compete and win.
Agreed you need to have a percentage of local players however this is a year 0% of the top 15. Looking at history of the teams over the last 15 years what was the percent of the top 40 players playing for UH. More locals or non locals.
I take exception to your characterization of the word “local”. A rose is a rose is a rose… Polynesian is Polynesian. Whether they played High School ball in Hawaii, on the mainland or throughout Polynesia. Hawaii is symbolic for all Polynesians. Especially as a University representing all of the six Kingdoms of Polynesia. Rolo & Staff have tapped into this notion. Pride Rock. It all fits and many are buying into it.
interested commenters look at warrior world below look for Stephen tsai article signing day on feb 1 you can watch videos on all 23 recruits. if your interested.
Receivers Drake Stallworth, Isaia Mullen and Marcus Armstrong have all demonstrated good speed and athleticism to go with their size.
As far as their defensive linemen recruits, Anthony Mermea, Doug Russell, Blessman Taala and Kalepo Naotala possess the size to play defensive tackle for the Warriors, yet appear to be fast enough to play defensive end. Jamie Tago, who’s built like a defensive end, may turn out to be their best pass rusher from this recruiting class.
At the linebacker position, Paul Scott appears to be very instinctive, almost anticipating where the ball will be next, while Penei Pavihi may become one of the most explosive linebackers to play for UH in years, maybe even decades.
In the secondary, Donovan Dalton, Jeremie Jay, Eugene Ford, Akil Francisco, Manu Hudson-Rasmussen and Damario Mclean, are all blessed with size (all are 6-feet tall or taller), speed and versatility (some excelled at playing receiver in high school as well).
On the offensive line we have Emil Graves, who can play all five positions, yet in my opinion will do the most damage at right guard, along with Brandon Kipper who possesses both size and athleticism and Micah Vanterpool who could become a prototype offensive tackle after adding 30 pounds of muscle.
At tight end, while Kade Greeley shows much promise because of his quickness and ability to catch passes in crossing routes and in traffic, he must also pack on 30 pounds of muscle on his 6’6″ 220 pound frame in order to become a dominant force at TE.
And finally at the running back position we have two RBs with two different styles of running the ball, Hekili Keliiliki is built like a prototype RB who can run around, over and through defenders, while Miles Reed is a slasher type who is quick, shifty and deceptively strong.
Forgot to add Josiah Maama to UH’s defensive line recruits.
looks like Hekili Keliiliki will take over lakalaka place.
profile on Keliiliki RB/LB/HB 6’2″ 225 lbs, 4.60 40 yard dash, 4.37 shuttle, 33″ vertical, bench presses 320lbs and 455 lbs squat,, very strong young man from Arkansas.
Don’t forget Keliiliki’s 4.0 GPA/ACT 30 making him a scholar athlete. As good as he looks running the ball, he appears to be just as good playing linebacker.