Rolovich comments on signing class

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Marcus Armstrong-Brown

WR, 6-2, 195, Jr., Diablo Valley College (Napa, Calif.)

“He’s a good-sized wide receiver who’s a smart kid and has three (years) for two. His ability to go get the ball is impressive on film. … We think he can make an impact. If not, then he redshirts and after our seniors move on next year then it gives us a leadership role and a guy who’s been in the system.”

Eugene Ford

DB, 6-2, 190, Fr., University HS (Los Angeles)

“Eugene is probably a corner at first. He’s one that (defensive backs coach) Abe (Elimimian) was on for a long time and probably flew under the radar a little bit. Abe staying with him throughout the transition was big in getting him.”

Josh Hauani’o

OL, 6-4, 300, Fr., ‘Iolani

“We were actually junior recruiting him at Nevada. … He’s a local kid, he’s right down the street, he’ll find a home somewhere (on the line). He’s strong, he’s a bright kid, comes from a good academic school. We said ‘let’s get him.’ Surprised he didn’t have more recruitment than he did.”

Max Hendrie

ATH, 6-4, 245, Fr., The Scots College (Australia)

“He’s very agile and fast for an athlete of his size. … I think he may have an easier transition early at defensive end, but I think there may be a spot for him on offense in special situations. A big athlete like that can play a lot of places. … We may have some blood upstairs fighting for it, but he’ll find a home.”

Freddie Holly

RB, 6-0, 210, Fr., Norte Vista HS (Riverside Calif.)

“A guy who was committed to a Pac-12 school, Freddie Holly is probably as good of a back as we could have hoped for in this recruiting class and probably exceeded that. He’s a good, durable-sized back with speed. He’s got high-caliber ability. … I feel like he could be one of the biggest impact players early for us.”

Cole McDonald

QB, 6-3, 190, Fr., Sonora HS (La Habra, Calif.)

“We saw his junior film … and when you watch the film again you look at a guy who’s 6-4, 11-flat 100 (meters), 63 percent completion percentage. Over 3-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a 1,000-yard rusher his senior year. That’s a dynamic player.”

Viane Moala

DL, 6-7, 270, Fr., Tafuna HS (Samoa)

“What you see is a (6-7), 270-pound athlete that is very passionate about playing the game of football. His effort when he plays is evident when you watch him on film. If you can find an athlete who cares about the game at that size, they’re going to find a home.”

Netane Muti

DL, 6-4, 275, Fr. Leilehua

“He’s great wrestler in the heavyweight division. Played both offense and defense in high school but we want to use him as a defensive lineman and and he wants to play defense. … He was one who was committed before I got here and we’re very fortunate to keep him committed because he’s a great player.”

Iken Okeke

LB, 6-0, 210, Fr., Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)

“Doesn’t know what it feels like to lose. … A guy who’s very familiar with recruiting on the west coast said he was pound-for-pound his favorite linebacker in the class. (Former UH linebacker) Chris Brown coached him. … Ikem trusted Chris, Chris trusted (defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa), Chris trusted me. That’s how that thing flowed.”

Jeremiah Pritchard

LB, 6-0, 200, Fr., Silverado (Paradise, Nev).

“A lot of people came in late on him but in his heart he never wavered. … He’s a 6-foot athlete who runs around, likes to blitz. He’s kind of your typical local defensive player. Likes to attack likes to tackle.”

Scheyenne Sanitoa

DB, 6-0, 200, Fr., Samoana HS (American Samoa)

“Chris (Naeole) knew about Scheyenne. … Returned two interceptions in the all-star game (JPS Paradise Classic). … In him and Keala (Santiago) you’ve got two young safeties that belong on the football field, especially on the back end. Pretty instinctual. he’s tough.”

Keala Santiago

DB, 6-0, 185, Fr., Kahuku

“Somebody told me this quote, ‘Keala is a mix between (former UH safeties) Mana Silva and Richard Torres.’ I thought that was pretty good. Quiet guy, puts his head down, he’s a worker. He’s not going to say a lot, but his production, that’s where his message is sent. A guy who comes from a winning program, he was probably born to win.”

Kingjames Taylor

OL, 6-3, 270, Fr., Narbonne HS (Harbor City, Calif)

“Another high-level program in California we were able to tap into. Good athlete … I think his best days are in front of him. You get him in the weight room his body is going change very quickly. A guy who was as grateful for the opportunity as anybody in this class.”

Kalakaua Timoteo

WR, 6-3, 195, Fr., Mililani

“Competitive, he’s got a lot of swagger on the field … . He said, ‘Coach I want to play next year.’ I told him, ‘you’ve gotta earn it.’ But he’s not going to come in timid. I think when you get around him you know he’s coming here for a purpose.”

Mykal Tolliver

DB, 6-0, 180, Fr., St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif).

“Great player and we love having him. He gives us immediate competition at the cornerback spot. He’s another guy who had Pac-12 offers.”

Davine Tullis

Ath, 6-2, 195, Fr., Ballard HS (Seattle, Wash.)

“Davine played quarterback in high school. He’s an athlete. … If we need another arm he can get into the quarterback rotation, but I think he’s going to be a receiver. … One thing about recruiting high school quarterbacks they’re smart and they can do a lot of things for us.”

Fred Ulu-Perry*

OL, 6-2, 3-5, So., Saint Louis/UCLA

“When you start you want to build your team from the inside out right at the line of scrimmage. So we wanted to make sure we got some young D-linemen, we wanted to make sure we got some young O-linemen. Obviously Fred coming back was huge for us. That was one of the sparks that started off the ‘Pride Rock’ movement.”

Zack Wilson*

DB, 5-11, 170, Fr., Upland HS/Mt. San Antonio College

“We needed some athletes in the secondary. We were a little bit low on numbers and him getting here in the spring as a true freshman is a real benefit for us.”

*Already enrolled at UH


Compiled by Jason Kaneshiro


  1. madeinhawaii February 6, 2016 10:25 pm

    Mahalo, Jason.
    Hope Tsai is recovering well.

  2. 3-Prong February 7, 2016 7:38 am

    Welcome to PRIDE ROCK. All of Hawaii is behind you.

    And great to have you back from Injured Reserve ST.

  3. Naks8 February 7, 2016 8:29 am

    What happened to noa?

  4. el burro sabio February 7, 2016 9:33 am

    KHON reported Noa will grayshirt.

  5. Ipu Man February 7, 2016 6:22 pm

    Compiled by Jason, but ST put it here methinks.
    GBU both. Great blog food. Rolo comments make
    for future hope of a great team. Go Rainbows 🙂

  6. amela February 8, 2016 9:39 am

    Can’t wait for the season to start, hope for the best. Great recruiting start, thank the boys for giving Hawaii a chance to bring back the glory days..

  7. 3-Prong February 8, 2016 3:31 pm

    Is it true, Rich Miano coaching Kamehameha?

  8. H-Man February 8, 2016 5:28 pm

    This is a pretty darned good recruiting class for a coaching staff that just got together in January. Freddie Holly was the big surprise. Now on to spring camp. I wonder if Rolo will keep the loud music?

  9. seewhy February 9, 2016 8:32 am

    Thanks for the compilation Jason! I hope your doing well ST!

  10. seewhy February 9, 2016 8:32 am

    What is the status on Larry Tuileta?

  11. David J. February 9, 2016 11:28 am

    Okay, Okay! I like it!. But now who the heck! Coach Rolovich going to name or hired a replacement offensive coordinator?. I hope not a division two or three coach!. If he do why not North Dakota head coach or former Head Coach Mike Brown from University of Texas.

  12. NorthShoreFan February 10, 2016 9:55 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    ST…Hope you doing well. Looking for your return to the blog sphere.

    too bad the Eddie was cancelled. still hoping they will be able to have it though.

    Wahine Softball in the meantime…new faces, new season

    New class of Warriors looking good. Personally, still want more OL and DT’s…imho


  13. 3-Prong February 10, 2016 10:18 pm

    So Louisville self imposes a one year ban (this year) on playoffs and tournament play for having 24 stripper/prostitute parties over 4 years affecting players and recruits that an assistant coach paid for??? And Petino knew nothing about it (for 4 years!! ) …Come On Man! NCAA, this is a test. If you don’t throw the book at them with penalties far exceeding those imposed on Hawaii for a laptop and borrowing an old car, I will lose what little respect I have left for you.

    P.S. I want that volleyball championship you took away from UH for just playing against a paid player.

    pps: Go Bow! Beat Irvine Gunfunnit.
    Honey, where’s my black shirt and hat.

  14. Not an Expert February 10, 2016 11:56 pm

    3-Prong, ditto ditto ditto.

    Don’t forget North Carolina. The NCAA has changed how they penalized schools for violations and I am not sure the date of this change. Thus North Carolina may get off with a slap on the risk due to this change. Come on NCAA they committed fraud meaning those athletes had a fake class with fake grades that would have made them ineligible and bigger yet bogus diplomas.

  15. 3-Prong February 11, 2016 6:12 am

    Not an Expert: Tritto, Tritto, Tritto. With institutional control and academic dishonesty covering periods from 2002-2011, it will be interesting to see how they treat the two Carolina championship basketball years of 2005 and 2009. They had better be history. I’m not a Carolina hater. I’m just looking for consistency in the way they penalize the haves and the have nots.

  16. Frannyk February 11, 2016 11:21 am


    What happened to Stutz?

  17. ai-eee-soos February 11, 2016 5:39 pm

    #10. Another blog says he is at Kapiolani CC.

  18. rundown808 February 11, 2016 10:42 pm

    May the best player win. You have your number 1s, number 2s, and number 3 players. A spot can always be taken based on skill. Grades n conduct next. Age ain’t nothing but a number. That no. 1 spot is the hot spot but should only be given to the one that earns it daily. The best player period. The one that kills it no matter what. Consistency is key. No BS, no politics, no excuses. But for only one reason. THE WIN!!

  19. Kapahulu February 18, 2016 12:57 pm

    Stephen Tsai is reporting that UH Football Special Teams Coach Jake Cookus is leaving UH due to an unforeseen obligation.

  20. ai-eee-soos February 18, 2016 7:39 pm

    Jake Cookus:

    Oregon State: Hawaii special teams coordinator Jake Cookus is moving closer to family and will serve as special teams analyst at Oregon State per source.

  21. ai-eee-soos February 18, 2016 7:42 pm

    Jake Cookus:

    Hawaii: Per source, special teams coordinator Jake Cookus is leaving the staff due to unforeseen circumstances. He will join the Oregon State staff in an off-field role. Cookus spent the past season at UH and is a former Oregon State player.

  22. ai-eee-soos February 18, 2016 7:43 pm

    Kevin Clune: movin’ on up …

    Oregon State: New defensive coordinator Kevin Clune will earn $450,000 annually on a two-year deal, according to The Oregonian.

  23. rundown808 February 21, 2016 6:46 pm

    Shout out to #1 draft pick DE Deforest Buckner, Oregon s powerhouse, Waianae s Finest, and Punahou s Elite. So very proud of Hawaii s home grown local boy done good. Very excited for him and his family. Look forward to my favorite part of the NFL season. The NFL Combine. Followed by the draft. Congrats to Deforest. All the hard work, sacrifice, and support of his parents. Great coaching matters. It takes a great man to recognize great talent and to make sure that talent does great things. That’s a great coach. Look forward to a great coach in Rolovich. It’s time.

  24. rundown808 February 24, 2016 12:27 am

    Oops, projected pick. But who cares. He’s in there!!!! Lol.

  25. NorthShoreFan February 24, 2016 9:47 am

    ST…hope you’re doing well. Looking for the blog host to return.

  26. 3-Prong February 24, 2016 12:20 pm

    Better half is at the Stanley getting tickets for Saturday. Slim pickins. It’s gonna be a sellout for Senior Night!

  27. Old School Dave February 24, 2016 1:57 pm

    Former UH assistant Jordan Wynn has been hired at Utah as an offensive assistant. He was a GA at Fresno State last season.

    Former UH commit David Fangupo (Kealakehe HS & Cerritos JUCO) signed with Oregon State, not Utah who he committed to after UH.

  28. WildCatt81 February 24, 2016 5:45 pm

    Mr. Tsai I hope your recovery is going well. For the next step of your recovery, we hope you start a walking regiment, healthy diet, and a stress free work environment. These last couple months without your insight and keen knowledge into UoH football is very much missed be me and many more fans. Keep it healthy and enjoy a long eventful life.


  29. David J. February 24, 2016 8:04 pm

    Boy! It’s been such a long time that? We never hear what coach Rolovich going to hire for his new offensive coordinator?. Is he going to sit in the box and call the play from there? If he do that!. Who is be calling the play on the field?. Why, I’m really ask that? It seems that no one care!. I wonder if Rolovich going be another Chow? If that happened University of Hawaii football program should join up with the Division 2 and play with North Dakota, Sam Houston!. And move the other sports program to the NIA. Because it seems that no one care whatever happened to UH sports!

  30. David J. February 24, 2016 8:20 pm

    Now! After reading those people where all saying!. Plus looking at the sport page after Hawaii games!. It’s really seriously shows that no one care about the University of Hawaii athletics program!. So that is really true what the midland’s sports writers say? University of Hawaii students and plus their fans. Don’t need any sports in their campus anymore! Because no one care and even the state too!.

  31. S.peezy55 February 25, 2016 10:05 am



  32. S.peezy55 February 25, 2016 10:06 am

    A lot of us care about UH sports. GO BOWS!!!

  33. NorthShoreFan February 25, 2016 7:42 pm

    Guud Evening Tsaikos…bootiful night.

    Fantastic Eddie today at Waimea. Epic waves and rides.

    ST looks pretty good. Wen spak him on da UH video feed.

    Not sure why we not going inside on these guys. Too much out side stuff. Riverside is playing good ball.

  34. Shut The FontDoor February 25, 2016 8:12 pm

    it seems there are people who don’t care about UH football. or else they would know that Stutz is the passing coordinator and Smith will be the running coordinator. time to move back to the midland

  35. ai-eee-soos February 28, 2016 12:54 pm

    I guess it’s official now. This was previously reported on this, and other blogs.

    Emory & Henry (VA): Former Jackson State offensive coordinator Timmy Chang has been named offensive coordinator at E&H. Chang, the former Hawaii quarterback, spent two years at JSU.

    This was Stutz I’s previous job.

  36. ai-eee-soos February 28, 2016 12:59 pm

    link to E & H.

  37. NorthShoreFan February 29, 2016 9:30 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    Mahalo for the update.

  38. Atum G DeMente March 2, 2016 12:20 pm

    As a former warrior, we need to keep being warriors, in mind and spirit! We need to reevaluate and reform into a KOA nation. Starts with the head, which makes the body strong. Wax on wax off, fundamentals! Stay strong brethren.

    Aloooooooha Braaaaa!

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