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UH recruiting capsules


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 06, 2014

~~<p><strong>Jeremy Castro / Linebacker</strong></p>
<div>6-3, 240</div>
<div>UCLA</div>
<div>Bio: Redshirted in 2013 after transferring from UCLA. Rated No. 17 weakside/defensive end by Rivals.com as Vista Murrieta High (Calif.) senior, and MaxPreps Division I all-state.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Norm Chow: &quot;He's a very talented young guy we would not have had a shot at out of high school.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Tavita &quot;Tui&quot; Eli / Offensive line</strong></div>
<div>6-4, 290</div>
<div>Kealakehe&nbsp;</div>
<div>Bio: Rated state's No. 17 prospect by Scout.com. He was on 2013 All-USA Hawaii football team. He was born in Canada and raised in Samoa.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;He's maybe a little bit of a sleeper. Not many people knew about him. I think people found out about him after we recruited him. He's a really good student as well. He has nice size and huge potential.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Marquis Fairchild / Rush end</strong></div>
<div>6-3, 240</div>
<div>Chaminade Madonna High (Fla.)</div>
<div>Bio: Ranked No. 131 defensive end nationally by 247sports. He also can play tight end and outside linebacker.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;He has a lot of potential. He's going to be a big player when it's all over. He has a wonderful attitude.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Cesar Fermin / Cornerback</strong></div>
<div>5-10, 175</div>
<div>Moorpark College</div>
<div>Bio: He was fourth in interceptions (four) and 10th in pass breakups (12) in the Southern California Football Association.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;We liked him right from the start on tape. He's rugged, and plays kind of with a chip on his shoulder. He's tough, hard-nosed. We're excited about him.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Dayton Furuta / Linebacker</strong></div>
<div>5-11, 190</div>
<div>Mililani</div>
<div>Bio: He was named to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's 2013 All-State first team. He also competes in wrestling, judo and basketball.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;We're pleased with Dayton. He's one of the real leaders on his team that went real far. He's a wrester, a judo guy. We're going to give him time to develop.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Ka'au Gifford / Defensive tackle</strong></div>
<div>6-4, 260</div>
<div>Kamehameha</div>
<div>Bio: Named as the state's No. 10 prospect by 247sports and No. 11 by Scout.com.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;He's a talented young guy. He's someone we might need to count on early. He's rugged, tough.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Jerrell Jackson / Cornerback</strong></div>
<div>6-0, 175</div>
<div>Haynesville High (La.)</div>
<div>Bio: Named to Class 1A all-state team as a senior, when he helped lead Haynesville to the state championship.</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;He can run. He's a quick returner. He has nice length.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Darrian Josey / Wide receiver</strong></div>
<div>6-0, 170</div>
<div>Boynton Beach High (Fla.)</div>
<div>Bio: Sun-Sentinel ranked Josey No. 55 among Palm Beach County players. He participated in Florida-Georgia all-star game.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: Other teams &quot;didn't quit recruiting him up until the end. He has a chance to win the 100 meters in the whole state of Florida. We might play him in the slot to give us another dimension in there.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Donald Lambert / Wide receiver</strong></div>
<div>6-1, 180</div>
<div>Moanalua&nbsp;</div>
<div>Bio: Named to Honolulu Star-Advertiser's 2013 All-State second team. He ranked seventh in the state with 600 receiving yards in 2013.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;He's a potential guy. He came to our camp. He's a very good ball-catcher.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Daniel Lewis / Safety</strong></div>
<div>5-11, 180</div>
<div>New Iberia (La.) High</div>
<div>Bio: He was selected No. 43 in The Times-Picayne's Nifty 50 Class. He played running back and cornerback as a senior.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;When I was with the Titans, we had a first-round draft pick named Adam Jones. I told (Lewis): 'Play like Pac-Man.' Pac-Man is a heck of a football player. He looks just like him.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Malachi Mageo / Linebacker</strong></div>
<div>6-3, 190</div>
<div>Serra High (Calif.)</div>
<div>Bio: The 2012 graduate was selected to the All-CIF Southern Section Western Division first team. He participated in the #D1 Bound Senior Bowl.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;He's an interesting guy. He had some physical problems and graduated a little bit later. He can really run. He's a downhill, get-after-it guy. He will knock you out. He comes from a very good program. We're glad we got a guy from Serra.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Dany Mulanga / Safety</strong></div>
<div>6-3, 190</div>
<div>Trinity High (Texas)</div>
<div>Bio: 247sports rates him as the nation's No. 158 safety. He was named to the Texas District 6-5 A first team.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;I love him. On film, there's a knack for playing football from him. He can run downhill. He's tall. He has a great upside to him.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Nick Nelson / Cornerback</strong></div>
<div>5-10, 175&nbsp;</div>
<div>Suitland High (Md.)</div>
<div>Bio: He is rated Maryland's No. 42 prospect. He also plays receiver.</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;I like him as a corner. D.J. (assistant coach Daronte' Jones) did a great job with him. He stuck with his commitment. He's a little shorter, but he's a great cover guy. He allows us to play some man coverage.&quot;&nbsp;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Quinton Pedroza / Slotback</strong></div>
<div>6-2, 220</div>
<div>Utah</div>
<div>Bio: He redshirted in 2013 after transferring from Utah, where he played two seasons. He played one year of high school football, but was named the league's MVP.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;He's rugged. He runs well. He was a punt returner. We'll probably start him off as an inside slot guy.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Simon Poti / Linebacker</strong></div>
<div>6-1, 235</div>
<div>Fullerton College</div>
<div>Bio: He was named to All-Region IV first team after leading Fullerton to state community college title game in 2013. He attended San Jose State in 2011 and was atop the linebacker depth chart in spring 2012 before transferring to Fullerton.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;His mother is from Ewa Beach. He's a good solid player.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Mack Richards / Wide receiver</strong></div>
<div>5-10, 175</div>
<div>Alta High (Utah)</div>
<div>Bio: He is rated Utah's No. 17 prospect after catching 65 passes for 1,089 yards and 13 TDs as a senior. He was name to Salt Lake Tribune's all-state first team.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;He can run. He's heading on a mission right off. He's already put in his mission papers. He kind of took a liking to what we're all about, and turned down some Utah schools to play with us.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>D.J. Riggins / Running back</strong></div>
<div>5-10, 175</div>
<div>Oaks Christian High &nbsp;(Calif.)</div>
<div>Bio: Scout.com rated Riggins as the nation's No. 92 running back. Prepstar lists him No. 23 player in California.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;He's versatile. He was a little chipped up his senior year. He's a good ball-catcher, from what we can see. And he gives us some versatility.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Jalen Rogers / Cornerback</strong></div>
<div>6-1, 185</div>
<div>Mesa Community College</div>
<div>Bio: Rogers, who also can play receiver, will have three years to play three UH seasons.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;He's another taller corner with some experience. He played a year in junior college against Division I/Division II players.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Luke Shawley / Rush end</strong></div>
<div>6-2, 250</div>
<div>San Diego Mesa College</div>
<div>Bio: He had 24 tackles for losses and 10 sacks in 2013. He is a former Navy SEAL.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;I love Luke Shawley. He made our defensive line better just by showing up. He has a relentless motor. He has a lot to prove. He wants to do well. He's so eager.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Devan Stubblefield / Wide receiver</strong></div>
<div>5-11, 185</div>
<div>Saint Louis School</div>
<div>Bio: He was named to the Star-Advertiser's All-State first team. ESPN rates him as the state's No. 6 prospect. He also will play baseball for the Rainbow Warriors.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;Right from the beginning, I love him. If you were to ask me, he's the No. 1 recruit in the state as far as talent is concerned. When we brought him on a recruiting visit and we visited his home, it was obvious he loved his family. We're glad he did, because they get to see him play.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Jahlani Tavai / Rush end</strong></div>
<div>6-3, 220</div>
<div>Mira Costa High (Calif.)</div>
<div>Bio: He was named to the CIF Southern Section Northern Division first team. He also competes in rugby and track and field.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;This is a school he always wanted to come. He has great bloodlines. His brother plays at SC, and his other brother just graduated from Kansas. We're excited about Jahlani.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Dakota Torres / Tight end</strong></div>
<div>6-2, 255</div>
<div>Punahou</div>
<div>Bio: He helped Punahou win the 2013 state title, catching four passes for 66 yards in the championship game.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;Dakota showed up at (a UH) camp, and caught balls the way I like tight ends to catch. He has a little feel for that position, which you have to have. You have to play basketball as a tight end. We were sold on him right from the start.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Tui Unga / Defensive end</strong></div>
<div>6-5, 260</div>
<div>Rancho Cucamonga High (Calif.)</div>
<div>Bio: He signed with Fresno State in 2012 but did not attend the school because he applied for a mission. He was named to the Baseline League first team as a senior and junior. Older brother J.J. Unga plays for the Baltimore Ravens.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;We're fortunate to get him because of some contacts coach (Lewis) Powell has. He signed with Fresno out of high school. He wanted to go on an LDS mission, but didn't quite get to go. He's here now. He has nice size. He has a lot of potential.&quot;</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div><strong>Manly Williams / Safety</strong></div>
<div>6-2, 180&nbsp;</div>
<div>Farrington&nbsp;</div>
<div>Bio: Scout.com rated Williams as the No. 6 prospect in the state. His namesake uncle is a former UH player.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Chow: &quot;He's almost 6-3. He's highly thought of (by scouting services), and deservedly so. We'll make a decision whether to bring him in (for training camp) or not. He has a shoulder that needs to be fixed. He's a good student. We're really pleased getting Manly Williams.&quot;</div>~~

Jeremy Castro / Linebacker 6-3, 240 UCLA Bio: Redshirted in 2013 after transferring from UCLA. Rated No. 17 weakside/defensive end by Rivals.com as Vista Murrieta High (Calif.) senior, and MaxPreps Division I all-state.  Norm Chow: "He's a very talented young guy we would not have had a shot at out of high school."   Tavita "Tui" Eli / Offensive line 6-4, 290 Kealakehe  Bio: Rated state's No. 17 prospect by Scout.com. He was on 2013 All-USA Hawaii football team. He was born in Canada and raised in Samoa.  Chow: "He's maybe a little bit of a sleeper. Not many people knew about him. I think people found out about him after we recruited him. He's a really good student as well. He has nice size and huge potential."   Marquis Fairchild / Rush end 6-3, 240 Chaminade Madonna High (Fla.) Bio: Ranked No. 131 defensive end nationally by 247sports. He also can play tight end and outside linebacker.  Chow: "He has a lot of potential. He's going to be a big player when it's all over. He has a wonderful attitude."   Cesar Fermin / Cornerback 5-10, 175 Moorpark College Bio: He was fourth in interceptions (four) and 10th in pass breakups (12) in the Southern California Football Association.  Chow: "We liked him right from the start on tape. He's rugged, and plays kind of with a chip on his shoulder. He's tough, hard-nosed. We're excited about him."   Dayton Furuta / Linebacker 5-11, 190 Mililani Bio: He was named to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's 2013 All-State first team. He also competes in wrestling, judo and basketball.  Chow: "We're pleased with Dayton. He's one of the real leaders on his team that went real far. He's a wrester, a judo guy. We're going to give him time to develop."   Ka'au Gifford / Defensive tackle 6-4, 260 Kamehameha Bio: Named as the state's No. 10 prospect by 247sports and No. 11 by Scout.com.  Chow: "He's a talented young guy. He's someone we might need to count on early. He's rugged, tough."   Jerrell Jackson / Cornerback 6-0, 175 Haynesville High (La.) Bio: Named to Class 1A all-state team as a senior, when he helped lead Haynesville to the state championship. Chow: "He can run. He's a quick returner. He has nice length."   Darrian Josey / Wide receiver 6-0, 170 Boynton Beach High (Fla.) Bio: Sun-Sentinel ranked Josey No. 55 among Palm Beach County players. He participated in Florida-Georgia all-star game.  Chow: Other teams "didn't quit recruiting him up until the end. He has a chance to win the 100 meters in the whole state of Florida. We might play him in the slot to give us another dimension in there."   Donald Lambert / Wide receiver 6-1, 180 Moanalua  Bio: Named to Honolulu Star-Advertiser's 2013 All-State second team. He ranked seventh in the state with 600 receiving yards in 2013.  Chow: "He's a potential guy. He came to our camp. He's a very good ball-catcher."   Daniel Lewis / Safety 5-11, 180 New Iberia (La.) High Bio: He was selected No. 43 in The Times-Picayne's Nifty 50 Class. He played running back and cornerback as a senior.  Chow: "When I was with the Titans, we had a first-round draft pick named Adam Jones. I told (Lewis): 'Play like Pac-Man.' Pac-Man is a heck of a football player. He looks just like him."   Malachi Mageo / Linebacker 6-3, 190 Serra High (Calif.) Bio: The 2012 graduate was selected to the All-CIF Southern Section Western Division first team. He participated in the #D1 Bound Senior Bowl.  Chow: "He's an interesting guy. He had some physical problems and graduated a little bit later. He can really run. He's a downhill, get-after-it guy. He will knock you out. He comes from a very good program. We're glad we got a guy from Serra."   Dany Mulanga / Safety 6-3, 190 Trinity High (Texas) Bio: 247sports rates him as the nation's No. 158 safety. He was named to the Texas District 6-5 A first team.  Chow: "I love him. On film, there's a knack for playing football from him. He can run downhill. He's tall. He has a great upside to him."   Nick Nelson / Cornerback 5-10, 175  Suitland High (Md.) Bio: He is rated Maryland's No. 42 prospect. He also plays receiver. Chow: "I like him as a corner. D.J. (assistant coach Daronte' Jones) did a great job with him. He stuck with his commitment. He's a little shorter, but he's a great cover guy. He allows us to play some man coverage."    Quinton Pedroza / Slotback 6-2, 220 Utah Bio: He redshirted in 2013 after transferring from Utah, where he played two seasons. He played one year of high school football, but was named the league's MVP.  Chow: "He's rugged. He runs well. He was a punt returner. We'll probably start him off as an inside slot guy."   Simon Poti / Linebacker 6-1, 235 Fullerton College Bio: He was named to All-Region IV first team after leading Fullerton to state community college title game in 2013. He attended San Jose State in 2011 and was atop the linebacker depth chart in spring 2012 before transferring to Fullerton.  Chow: "His mother is from Ewa Beach. He's a good solid player."   Mack Richards / Wide receiver 5-10, 175 Alta High (Utah) Bio: He is rated Utah's No. 17 prospect after catching 65 passes for 1,089 yards and 13 TDs as a senior. He was name to Salt Lake Tribune's all-state first team.  Chow: "He can run. He's heading on a mission right off. He's already put in his mission papers. He kind of took a liking to what we're all about, and turned down some Utah schools to play with us."   D.J. Riggins / Running back 5-10, 175 Oaks Christian High  (Calif.) Bio: Scout.com rated Riggins as the nation's No. 92 running back. Prepstar lists him No. 23 player in California.  Chow: "He's versatile. He was a little chipped up his senior year. He's a good ball-catcher, from what we can see. And he gives us some versatility."   Jalen Rogers / Cornerback 6-1, 185 Mesa Community College Bio: Rogers, who also can play receiver, will have three years to play three UH seasons.  Chow: "He's another taller corner with some experience. He played a year in junior college against Division I/Division II players."   Luke Shawley / Rush end 6-2, 250 San Diego Mesa College Bio: He had 24 tackles for losses and 10 sacks in 2013. He is a former Navy SEAL.  Chow: "I love Luke Shawley. He made our defensive line better just by showing up. He has a relentless motor. He has a lot to prove. He wants to do well. He's so eager."   Devan Stubblefield / Wide receiver 5-11, 185 Saint Louis School Bio: He was named to the Star-Advertiser's All-State first team. ESPN rates him as the state's No. 6 prospect. He also will play baseball for the Rainbow Warriors.  Chow: "Right from the beginning, I love him. If you were to ask me, he's the No. 1 recruit in the state as far as talent is concerned. When we brought him on a recruiting visit and we visited his home, it was obvious he loved his family. We're glad he did, because they get to see him play."   Jahlani Tavai / Rush end 6-3, 220 Mira Costa High (Calif.) Bio: He was named to the CIF Southern Section Northern Division first team. He also competes in rugby and track and field.  Chow: "This is a school he always wanted to come. He has great bloodlines. His brother plays at SC, and his other brother just graduated from Kansas. We're excited about Jahlani."   Dakota Torres / Tight end 6-2, 255 Punahou Bio: He helped Punahou win the 2013 state title, catching four passes for 66 yards in the championship game.  Chow: "Dakota showed up at (a UH) camp, and caught balls the way I like tight ends to catch. He has a little feel for that position, which you have to have. You have to play basketball as a tight end. We were sold on him right from the start."   Tui Unga / Defensive end 6-5, 260 Rancho Cucamonga High (Calif.) Bio: He signed with Fresno State in 2012 but did not attend the school because he applied for a mission. He was named to the Baseline League first team as a senior and junior. Older brother J.J. Unga plays for the Baltimore Ravens.  Chow: "We're fortunate to get him because of some contacts coach (Lewis) Powell has. He signed with Fresno out of high school. He wanted to go on an LDS mission, but didn't quite get to go. He's here now. He has nice size. He has a lot of potential."   Manly Williams / Safety 6-2, 180  Farrington  Bio: Scout.com rated Williams as the No. 6 prospect in the state. His namesake uncle is a former UH player.  Chow: "He's almost 6-3. He's highly thought of (by scouting services), and deservedly so. We'll make a decision whether to bring him in (for training camp) or not. He has a shoulder that needs to be fixed. He's a good student. We're really pleased getting Manly Williams."

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