Eletise’s signing, Purchase’s shooting, Thomas’ status

Then-Kaiser offensive lineman Michael Eletise (right) during a drill at practice in 2015. / Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell, Star-Advertiser file

It was a significant announcement when offensive lineman Michael Eletise announced he was transferring from Arizona to UH. Here’s what it means:

> Roll the credits: As a Kaiser High senior, Eletise was a consensus 4-star prospect. He was named as ESPN’s ninth-best offensive tackle. He was named to the Star-Advertiser’s All-State first team. He received more than 30 offers, including Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC … well, you get the picture.

> Line dance: He is 6-3, 315 and can play all the line positions.

> Inside job: Sure, the tackles get the glory and cool nicknames. But the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts proved a team needs some power at the three inside positions. Eletise adds more inside oomph, joining J.R. Hensley, Solo Vaipulu, Kohl Levao, Eugene Pryor, Emil Graves, Taaga Tuulima and Arasi Mose.

> Renovations: In recent years, the Warriors have absorbed numerous hits to the offensive line. Kingjames Taylor did not meet academic requirements. Luke Clements, Austin Webb, Josh Hauanio and Fred Ulu-Perry accepted medical retirements. Elijah Tupai left to help his family in Utah. Brandon Kipper just left. Asotui Eli did not play his senior season to fully recover from a knee injury. Dejon Allen, John Wa‘a, Chris Posa and Matt Norman graduated after the 2017 season. But freshmen Vaipulu and Ilm Manning won starting jobs last season, Levao stepped in after transferring from City College of San Francisco, and Joey Nu‘uanu-Kuhi‘iki made a smooth transition from defensive end. A unit that barely had enough healthy players for last year’s spring game is now adequately stocked.

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Jack Purchase is a 3-pointer away from tying Zane Johnson‘s school record for career treys.

Purchase has launched 80.9 percent of his shots from behind the 3-point line. He has connected on 37.5 percent of his 3s. What’s impressive is Purchase has made 80.1 percent of his 2-point shots.

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Coach Mike Trapasso is using caution in regards to starting pitcher Dylan Thomas‘ availability for Friday’s season opener against Portland. Trapasso does not want to use Thomas until the troublesome blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand has completely healed.

Last year, Jackson Rees was OK, then not-so-OK, and OK, and not-so-OK because of a fingernail problem. Trapasso shut down Rees. Rees ended up missing only a start, and was fine after that. Trapasso is hopeful for a similar result with Thomas, whose slider — his out pitch — is hindered with a blister.

The promising news is Jeremy Wu-Yelland, who has struggled with his control, appears to be a candidate to start. Wu-Yelland has a dominating fastball. It’s just a matter of location … location … location …


  1. azwarrior22 February 10, 2019 1:41 pm


  2. ai-eee-soos February 10, 2019 1:41 pm


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  4. Stephen Tsai February 10, 2019 4:51 pm

    It was pretty amazing how quickly UH rebuilt the O-line.

  5. iceebear February 10, 2019 6:19 pm

    Hawaii has yet to fully build a “quality” offensive line, as far as I am concerned. Until their pass blocking rises to be consistently effective, like the old BYU teams (was an art) and their run blocking creates a consistent surge and gaps (sustaining blocks and not falling down after a couple of steps), they still have a way to go. Get to that level and I will be impressed. Plus, they truly need quality depth, not just numbers.

  6. wafan February 10, 2019 6:27 pm

    Whew! Surviving Snowmageddon. Finally got power and cable service back.

  7. wafan February 10, 2019 6:29 pm

    What is with the blog always flipping back up to the ad just before the comments? Very irritating.

  8. A-House February 10, 2019 6:45 pm

    all our Pacific Northwest Tsaikos: wafan, Izzy, DJmitcho, expat — keep safe and warm as another one is on the way!!!

    we were very fortunate that the strong winds and heavy rains stayed away from the windward side to far — fingers crossed for another night — not as cold as last night — heavy t-shirt w/ sports illustrated grey cotton sweat shirt, long warm fleece pants, and socks — cold came thorough my fleece blanket

  9. PONO February 10, 2019 7:20 pm

    ST do you know if we are using an initial scholie on Eletise?

  10. roygbivs February 10, 2019 10:22 pm

    Play Ball. ⚾️

    They go away…

    But, eventually home.
    (could’ve stayed home in the first place)

    RAINBOW Warriors!!

  11. H-Man February 11, 2019 8:07 am

    Agree ST. Kudos tp Mark Weber, OL coach. Doing a good job.

  12. NorthShoreFan February 11, 2019 8:53 am

    Thinking the island got a little smaller this past week. Big surf, good amount of rain..washout shorelines and mountains…lot of “red” water.
    Is it snowing yet?

    Will there be more signees popping up?..or we done for the new year?
    Hungry for UH football….

  13. DaveLetterMan February 11, 2019 10:02 am

    Morning Tsaikos!
    Getting stronger, bigger and faster:
    Check out @CoachYoro’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/CoachYoro/status/1095013258656792577?s=09

  14. Stephen Tsai February 11, 2019 10:12 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=48605

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