comscore Warriors receive commitment from California junior college safety | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Sports Breaking | Top News

Warriors receive commitment from California junior college safety

Filling a gap in the defensive secondary, the University of Hawaii football team has received a commitment from a junior college safety.

Manase Time of Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif., has pledged to sign with the Rainbow Warriors on Feb. 7, the first day of the NCAA’s spring-semester signing period for football prospects. Time will have three years to play three UH seasons.

Time is 6 feet and 205 pounds. As a Golden West freshman in 2016, Time averaged 8.3 tackles. He redshirted this past season because of an injury.

Time is named after Manase Jesse Sapolu, a Farrington High and UH graduate who played 15 seasons with the San Franciso 49ers, winning four Super Bowl rings.

“I’m so happy he’s becoming a Rainbow Warrior,” Sapolu told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in a telephone interview. “He’s a great, young man. He doesn’t say much but he’s one of the toughest players for his size that I’ve ever coached.”

Sapolu and Mo Time have been friends for more than 30 years. They were both assisting Edison High’s football team when Manase Time was a defensive end. Time switched to safety at Golden West.

At Edison, Sapolu said, “Manase was dealing with offensive tackles who were 6-4, 6-5. And if he can thrive at that position where the big boys play, he can sure come up to the line of scrimmage and support the run as a strong safety and not be affected at all.”

Time made 22.5 sacks in two seasons as an Edison starter.

“Coming out of Edison, there are two things,” said Greg Biggins, national recruiting analyst for 247Sports. “They play extremely hard and they’re very, very well coached. (Time’s) technique is advanced (in) using his hands. (He’s) a super, smart player, and just a relentless motor.”

The past weekend, Keala Santiago announced on Twitter he was transferring. The past season, Santiago started four games when the Warriors opened in a three-safety alignment. Free safety Trayvon Henderson completed his UH eligibility at the end of the 2017 season.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature
Comments (2)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Scroll Up