They were hailed as Generation Next — tall receivers with multi-sport backgrounds.
They were supposed to be the counter punch to the age of taller cornerbacks.
That 2013 recruiting class featured 6-5 Keith Kirkwood, 6-4 Marcus Kemp, 6-4 Ammon Barker and 6-2 Vasquez Haynes.
Five seasons later, Barker acknowledges his last-man-standing status.
Kirkwood had 12 catches in 2013, but four went for touchdowns and he averaged 20.8 yards per reception. He transferred to Temple the following summer. Kirkwood started 10 games in 2016 and made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. One downside is Temple lists him at 6-3.
Haynes endured an injury-filled tenure at UH, beginning when he was hurt the first week he arrived in Honolulu. He finished his UH career as an effective safety in 2015. He earned his degree, and is reportedly pursuing a career in coaching.
Kemp, of course, is now with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Barker said he has no regrets about his see-saw career. He established himself as a dependable receiver last year. He is projected to start at Z, the right wideout position. He also has been praised for his coverage skills on special teams, which would boost his next-level resume.
The other projected No. 1 wideout also came from the 2013 recruiting class. Keelan Ewaliko, who has played four positions at UH, was recruited as an “athlete.”