The Warriors continue to invest in the future with a 2018 commitment from running back/safety Khoury Bethley of Don Antonio Lugo High in Chino, Calif. Bethley, who is 5 feet 11 and 195 pounds, said he will sign on Dec. 20, the first day of the NCAA’s new signing period for football recruits.
Here are the details:
> Running man: In 13 games last season, Bethley rushed for 2,089 yards, averaging 8.7 per carry and 160.7 per game. He scored 27 touchdowns — 25 on rushes, two on receptions. Brandon Huffman, who is national recruiting director for Scout.com, rated Bethley as a 3-star prospect and top-12 back in the West.
> Safety first: Bethley is widely viewed as a defensive back. He amassed 90 tackles in 2016. Bethley said he is open to competing as a hybrid safety for the Warriors. If so, he could mirror the path of starting safety Daniel Lewis, who was terrific running back in high school.
> Secondary is primary: There has been a strong emphasis on stocking the secondary. The 2017 recruiting class features seven defensive backs, three of whom — Jay Dominique, Eugene Ford and Manu Hudson-Rasmusssen — enrolled at UH in January. They added Kayson Smith-Bejgrowicz in the spring. Justice Augafa signed a scholarship agreement two days ago and will join the Warriors in two weeks. It also should be noted Jacob Yoro was hired as safeties coach this year.
> Other job: Bethley also is the starting center fielder for the Conquistadors batting .356 this past season. He said he plans to focus solely on football at UH.
> The tally: If you’re scoring at home, here’s the 2018 count:
• Jarrell Anderson, tight end, Rainier Beach High
• Khoury Bethley, running back/safety, Don Antonio Lugo High
• Kamuela Borden, lineman, Iolani School (currently on church mission)
• Chevan Cordeiro, quarterback, Saint Louis School
• Kai Kaneshiro, cornerback/safety, Saint Louis School
• Jonah Panoke, receiver, Saint Louis School
> Highlights: Khoury Bethley video