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Former UH coach Aranda will recruit players from Hawaii

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 09:00 a.m. HST, Jan 17, 2012

Dave Aranda, defensive coordinator, barks out some instructions during one of the drills during UH spring football pracitice.

Former University of Hawaii defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will recruit Hawaii for Utah State, where he was announced as the Aggies' defensive coordinator today.

"Spending four years in Hawaii, he has developed lots a ties there that will be a great asset to us in continuing to recruit in Hawaii and recruit Polynesian kids," Utah State coach Gary Andersen said in a  statement.

"He has a great track record as a great recruiter and we'll get him on the road right away and help us sign some players for the upcoming signing period," Andersen said.

Aranda, who coordinated the Warriors' defense the past two seasons, was among eight former UH assistants not retained by new coach Norm Chow.

"I'm very excited for the opportunity to be able to coach with Coach Andersen and his staff," Aranda said in a statement.

"I have a great deal of respect for Utah State football, they play a hard, physical style of football and I believe it is an up-and-coming program that I'm proud and very happy to be a part of it. I want to do whatever it takes to get us to the next level," Aranda said.

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Pookie_Baby wrote:
Good luck Coach Aranda. Whatever you do, don't mention (to the recruits) the 21 point lead that your D gave up against your team. Wait.. which team?
on January 17,2012 | 08:20AM
droid wrote:
It’s true that Aranda's D gave up a 21-point lead against the Aggies coming out of halftime. Who knew the backup QB Adam Kennedy was that good? It took Utah State’s starter getting injured in the first half to find out. Not making excuses — just sayin.’
on January 17,2012 | 10:48AM
entrkn wrote:
He can have the left overs...
on January 17,2012 | 08:31AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Good luck Coach Aranda. Remember there's a new sheriff in town and his name is Chow...Norm Chow.
on January 17,2012 | 08:42AM
dalawyer wrote:
Caoch Anderson, don't get your hopes up to high! Aranda recruit in Hawaii? Fat chance that'll happen. Who did Aranda sign as a recruit in his previous stint as Warrior DC? That's right ZIPPO! That's the exact reason why he's not coaching here in Hawaii right now. His inability to recruit locally. Aranda will need more then a Garmins GPS system to navigate the backroads of Hawaii. Tell him Kahuku High is on the South shoure of Molokai!
on January 17,2012 | 09:08AM
MrsCD wrote:
lol who did he recruit? aranda trying to recruit out of hawaii? yeah right he jus BITTER that he was let go. good luck! wish hawaii played utah state! btw if a kid going utah to play wouldnt he choose utah instead of utah state? COMMON MAN!!!!
on January 17,2012 | 09:45AM
Sully77 wrote:
and to confused the matter more!! Tell him there's two SAMOAS!!! if he tries to recruit from there, LOL!!! just sayin'
on January 17,2012 | 12:01PM
I would do what Aranda is doing. He knows that Hawaii has some of the very best athletes to recruit in the nation. I wish we could keep them all but I know that is not realistic. We just have to nurture our kids early and follow through with a scholarship. Lets not lose another blue chip athelete like "Manley" again. Manti Te'o was just not to be. I love watching our kids play. I just wish they all played for Hawaii.
on January 17,2012 | 12:30PM
niimi wrote:
>>"...Hawaii has some of the very best athletes to recruit in the nation" How many linebackers born and raised in Hawaii have done well in the NFL? I think Hawaii born and raised players have done well on both offensive and defensive lines and perhaps Tight End. But not in any position requiring speed. I think Kealoha Pilares may do OK as a receiver because he has NFL speed. However, very few locals have displayed sub-4.5 speed. Perhaps the most athletic sport of the 4 major American sports is basketball, and I can't think of a locally born and raised player to make it to the NBA. Our dominance in polynesian and asian roots does not lend itself well to fast twitch muscles. I hope Hawaii will continue to supply great football talent to the NFL. I would love to see us send more skilled position players who have true local roots. It seems the skilled position players and defensive players get mentioned a lot, and it would be great to hear more local names called our on the national TV broadcasts.
on January 17,2012 | 03:47PM
TheKagawas wrote:
How desparate would you have to be to play for a school that remains in what is left of the WAC?
on January 17,2012 | 12:35PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Don't be so sure the Mountain West will be better than the WAC in 2-3 years.
on January 17,2012 | 07:04PM
Descartes22 wrote:
maybe he'll finally drive across the island or take an overpriced interisland flight. playing at home in front of family and friends v. Logan Utah is a no brainer. however, it should be noted that with our state's talent pool, you can field a decent team with the second tier recruits. and good for them if they receive college scholarships.
on January 17,2012 | 12:56PM
derek_millennium wrote:
Whats the big deal...isnt it fair game for any recruiting coach?
on January 17,2012 | 01:08PM
atilter wrote:
what can he do there that he could not HERE? same aranda - just different place. maybe the other factors will help him? lol
on January 17,2012 | 02:13PM
Bigdog_MD wrote:
on January 17,2012 | 05:27PM
Wazdat wrote:
He did not do a good job while he was in hawaii, so I would not hold my breath. HE can hve the leftovers
on January 17,2012 | 05:47PM
nippy68 wrote:
who the hell is worried?! its all about the name of the person or persons who recruits. no disrespect to coach aranda but yeah its been mentioned in the comments.....the defense did not do the job this past season. couldnt hang in the second half of a lot of games. all we need is the big boys (o-line men) to stay home.
on January 17,2012 | 06:57PM
ikaika27 wrote:
ARANDA ..? F' you..' recruit a offensive coordinator who's from UTAH too.... take Norm (Numb) Chow okay?
on November 2,2013 | 12:50PM
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