Dru Brown’s commitment to Oklahoma State should not be surprising.
A graduate transfer is highly valued in college football. Even players with limited playing experience benefit from training in an FBS program. And graduate transfers are not required to redshirt.
Similar to Bryant Moniz, Brown was largely under-appreciated during his two UH seasons. He was accurate (61.7 percent, fourth among Mountain West starting quarterbacks) and adjusted behind a patchwork offensive line that lost its position coach at midseason.
Tennessee also expressed interest in Brown, who took a recruiting visit to Oklahoma State this weekend.
The Warriors also have taken advantage of the graduate-transfer option. UH’s recent grad transfers were:
• Offensive lineman Chris Posa (Alabama)
• Kicker Mauro Bondi (Nebraska)
• Safety Taz Stevenson (Washington)
• Quarterback Sean Schroeder (Duke)
• Offensive lineman Kapua Sai (Utah)
• Tight end Ryan Hall (Duke)
Posa, Stevenson, Schroeder, Sai and Hall were starters. Bondi had the mis-timing of arriving in Manoa at the same time as Rigo Sanchez.
Since 2012, the Warriors added these players who started their careers at FBS schools:
> Quarterbacks: Kyle Gallup (Marshall), Taylor Graham (Ohio State), Jeremy Higgins (Utah State), Beau Reilly (Colorado State), Sean Schroeder (Duke), Larry Tuileta (USC), Max Wittek (USC)
> Running back: Willis Wilson (Washington).
> Receivers: Dylan Collie (BYU), Quinton Pedroza (Utah).
> Offensive line: Chris Posa (Alabama), Fred Ulu-Perry (UCLA), Kapua Sai (Utah)
> Tight end: Ryan Hall (Duke), Clark Evans (Colorado).
> Defensive line: Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea (Arizona), Jordan Pu‘u-Robinson (Washington State), Kory Rasmussen (Colorado), Iuta Tepa (UCLA)
> Linebackers: Jeremy Castro (UCLA), Austin Slade-Matautia (Oregon State)
> Defensive backs: Keahi Hogan (Arizona), Tony Grimes (Mississippi), Taz Stevenson (Washington)
> Kickers: Mauro Bondi (Nebraska), Ryan Weese (Oklahoma State)
By the way, this year’s departures are not the most in recent UH history. These players from the 2012 roster either transferred or were not on the team for their senior seasons:
• Justin Alo, quarterback
• Chinedu Amadi, receiver
• Ijumaa Armstrong, cornerback
• Brian Clay, defensive back
• Trevor Davis, wideout
• Desmond Dean, defensive end
• Ben Dew, offensive lineman
• David Graves, quarterback
• Will Gregory, running back
• Jared Leaf, running back/linebacker
• John Lister, running back
• Blake Muir, offensive lineman
• Mike Sellers, safety
• Alema Tachibana, linebacker
• Kendrick Van Ackeren, linebacker
• Ethan Watanabe, tight end