The University of Hawaii football team fulfilled a recruiting need with an oral commitment from a junior college offensive lineman.
Gene Pryor, a sophomore from College of the Sequoias (Visalia, Calif.), told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he will sign a letter of intent on Feb. 7, the first day of the NCAA’s spring-semester signing period for football prospects.
“It’s a great fit,” said Pryor, who visited Hawaii this past weekend. “(The trip) was amazing. I felt like I was at home. Coach (Nick Rolovich) and the whole staff treated me like I was one of their own.”
Pryor will earn an associate’s degree this summer, an eligibility requirement for transfers, and then have three years to play two UH seasons.
Pryor is 6 feet 3 inches tall and 312 pounds. He is capable of dunking a basketball. “It takes a little bit of momentum,” Pryor said. “But it’s cool to get up there for a big guy.”
The Rainbow Warriors’ left-side starters on the offensive line — tackleDejon Allen and guard John Wa‘a — completed their UH eligibility at the end of the 2017 season. The Warriors signed offensive linemen Ilm Manning and Kohi Levao in December. Last week, Thomas Wade pledged to sign with the Warriors on Feb. 7.