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Athletic Manoa agrees to join Warriors

By Stephen Tsai


Hawaii football's latest recruiting route is Manoa to Manoa.

David Manoa, a defensive end from Aragon High in San Mateo, Calif., said he has accepted a scholarship offer from the Warriors.

Manoa said he is 6 feet 4 and 225 pounds.

He said he is capable of running 40 yards in 4.8 seconds.

"He's freakishly athletic," Aragon coach Steve Sell said. "He probably could gain another 50 pounds and still be athletic. Hawaii is getting a great one."


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Manoa has family ties to Hawaii. His father is a Kahuku High graduate whose family was raised in Laie. His uncle is Tim Manoa, a Penn State graduate who was a running back with the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts.

Manoa has been under the recruiting radar after transferring from Hayward High at the end of his sophomore year. In accordance with CIF rules, Manoa was required to sit out Aragon's first five games in 2011.

Of transferring, Manoa said: "My parents felt it would be best for me to get away from my hometown. There's a lot of stuff going on around the area. They wanted me to get away from that."

Manoa has been an easy fit at Aragon.

"He's a terrific pass rusher," Sell said. "He's a real physical defensive end. He's a great football player. Hawaii is getting a high-character, high-energy player who loves the game. He plays hard. He's physical. He's tough."

Manoa said his passion for football began at a young age.

"Coming from a Tongan family, I guess you could say rugby has been the main sport," Manoa said. "Football is so similar. Growing up, my family was so involved with football. I think that's what kind of got me into football."

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McCully wrote:
Chow's recruits are beginning to take shape.
on October 30,2012 | 07:16AM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on October 30,2012 | 07:51AM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
Okay, that's either a lie or an exaggeration, but per capita Hawaii does not have the most talent. Good try though. Show me one factual study where you found that information. There are other small states that produce just as much talent in proportion to the population. I like Hawaii's talent but your statement has no factual basis.
on October 30,2012 | 01:57PM
Sandmandoo42 wrote:
A recent USA Football study had Hawaii at seventh per capita in terms of NFL players. There was a story on ESPN a couple of years ago, that said Polynesians were the highest per capita in the NFL. An interesting note - two of the top Heisman candidates this year are from Hawaii, the Notre Dame linebacker and the Oregon quarterback.
on October 31,2012 | 10:29AM
BTO wrote:
Chow is showing to be one of Hawaii's best recruiters. He has connections to the Kahuku and the north shore areas because of his faith. Areas in Utah, Polynesian pockets in So Cal and Nor Cal are vital for Hawaii's reconstruction. I hope to hear good news from Florida. This is a total remodel job. It is like watching those home networks where it is a mess when they tear down the walls and the shoddy construction. But building the foundation for a beautiful home that will last for years.
on October 30,2012 | 08:55AM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on October 30,2012 | 09:36AM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
Ummmm, that's tradition at any school, even here at UNLV and look at where their GREAT talent has gotten this sorry team.
on October 30,2012 | 01:58PM
entrkn wrote:
Looking a lot better next year.
on October 30,2012 | 11:39AM
false wrote:
Some of the knuckleheads out there need to understand that this is a work in progress. Everyone knew not to keep their hopes to high this year. Just look at the lineup. Lot of freshman and sophomores. If you can't hang with this team. Find another one.
on October 30,2012 | 12:39PM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
Thank you
on October 30,2012 | 01:58PM
kimo54 wrote:
Spot on!! We must be patient and wait out the disappointments until the young guns come of age and perform like clock work. I have no worries and have acknowledged the 2012 football season for the Warriors will be a lost year, a learning year for the following two years that will produce winning seasons.
on October 30,2012 | 05:39PM
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on October 30,2012 | 06:50PM
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