Heavy rain could not dampen the enthusiasm of two football prospects.
Thomas Olds Jr., a lineman from San Clemente (Calif.) High School, and linebacker Brenden Daley of Ventura (Calif.) College yesterday accepted football scholarships from the Warriors.
They made their decisions after completing this past weekend’s recruiting trip to Hawaii.
"I just love it in Hawaii," Olds said. "The school is nice, and the football team is amazing."
Olds’ father, who accompanied him on the trip, is a frequent visitor to the islands.
The UH coaches first contacted Olds about four months ago. The family then began to follow the Warriors. They were impressed with UH’s four-wide passing offense and aggressive defense.
Olds said he is 6 feet 3 and 265 pounds. He weighed 275 at the start of his senior season.
Olds played both offense and defense at San Clemente, but he projects to compete on UH’s offensive line.
"Either center or guard," he said.
He said his hobbies include surfing, snowboarding and hanging out at the beach.
"Hawaii is the perfect place," Olds said.
Daley was a hard-hitting inside linebacker at Ventura. He might compete as a rush end for the Warriors.
Daley is 6 feet 4 and 255 pounds. According to Rivals.com, Daley is capable of bench pressing 435 pounds. He can bench 225 pounds 35 times.
In 10 games this past season, he made seven sacks and averaged 15.5 tackles per game. He will have three years to play two UH seasons.
Practice fully attended
Yesterday’s rainstorm forced the Warriors to cancel plans to visit the water park as part of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl activities.
"We just had our water park," safety Mana Silva said of the 2-hour practice in heavy rain at the Ching Athletic Complex. Because of final examinations last week, it was the first fully attended practice in two weeks.
"This isn’t Wahiawa weather, it’s Wahiawa Heights weather," said quarterback Bryant Moniz, a Leilehua High graduate.
After practice, Moniz took off his cleats, then turned them over to empty the accumulated water.
"I enjoyed it," Moniz added. "I wish we had a muddy field so it would be more fun. Football is about playing in the elements. I think it’s one of the few sports you can play in except lightning. And we did that for a little while at Leilehua. We ran a few more plays (in that game), until we realized we had to get out of there."
For the offense, yesterday’s objective was to work on timing. Left slotback Greg Salas had missed last week’s three practices to complete a class project.
"The last time I saw Greg," Moniz said, "was in the study-hall office."
Salas, who earned his bachelor’s degree Saturday, said: "It was nice to get back out there with the boys. I spent a lot of time in the library. My legs are fine. I was running on my own. I’m going to enjoy these last practices."
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda completed his game plan a week ago. The practices have been designed to help the players "work on details."
"The guys are locked in," Aranda said. "They feel their best efforts are going to be needed on Friday. They didn’t mind the weather. They had a good practice."
Linebacker Corey Paredes said: "Even though it was raining hard, we were focused. … We really want to win this game."