Warrior Beat: Hawaii football adds California prep pass rusher Mark Blocker

Photo courtesy of Mark Blocker

The top pass rusher from California’s 2A state championship team is joining the Warriors. Mark Blocker of Lawndale High (Inglewood, Calif.) announced it on Twitter this morning and confirmed his decision during an interview with the Warrior Beat today. Here’s the skinny:

Photo courtesy of Travis Clark

> Blocker is 6-3, 230 pounds. He played D-end in Lawndale’s 4-3 and outside linebacker in the 3-4. He’s expected to compete at hybrid end for the Warriors.

> He attended Downey High in L.A. through his junior year, then switched to Lawndale to improve his academics and football technique. “We’re lucky, he’s lucky,” Lawndale coach Travis Clark said. “It’s a perfect match.”

Mark Blocker and his mother, Quanisha Thompson/Photo courtesy of Mark Blocker

> Lawndale went 14-2 the past season, culminating in a 20-12 victory over San Joaquin Memorial in the CIF 2A state championship game. “Every game he showed up,” Clark said. “In big games he really showed up. … You watch him in the state championship game. San Joaquin Memorial came down averaging 55 points a game. We held them to 12. Mark Blocker is dominating defensively. Every playoff game we played, he’s dominating. He’s so fun to coach.”

> Blocker was credited with 15 sacks, eight solo.


  1. Stephen Tsai May 10, 2019 10:45 am

    Credit Jeezy for the first alert.

  2. ai-eee-soos May 10, 2019 10:47 am


  3. ai-eee-soos May 10, 2019 10:50 am

    ST: Is Mark Blocker on scholarship, or is he a PWO ?

  4. ai-eee-soos May 10, 2019 10:54 am

    Read ST’s column in the SA, re Mark Blocker.

  5. Da Punchbowl Kid May 10, 2019 11:31 am

    Lookit this! Things can only get better! Mahalo Mr. Blocker, welcome to the Warriors!

    Coach Rolo and his crew are reelin’ em in!


  6. clyde May 10, 2019 11:46 am

    Yo, Stephen. Your second reference to Blocker above calls him “Banker,” as in Mark Banker.

  7. snowmantoo May 10, 2019 11:50 am

    Welcome aboard, Mark. You won’t regret your decision of joining the Warrior Ohana! Not that I’m complaining, mind you, but just wondering where all these scholarships keep coming from? Thought we used up all available ones on signing day. When a scholarship player (ie: Max Hendrie) takes a medical retirement does his scholarship become available immediately? Just wondering……

  8. snowmantoo May 10, 2019 11:57 am

    So if you asked Mark if he signed on as a Blocker, would he say, “no I’m a rush end”? Just wondering…

  9. haka May 10, 2019 1:05 pm

    A consistent pass rush was has been missing for years now. Pressure affecting the QB. Let’s hope athletes like Mark keep coming and develop into the difference makers that help everyone on defense…especially the DB’s. Go Warriors!

  10. Haleakala May 10, 2019 2:09 pm

    Welcome to the Warriors, Mark! You are going to make your parents, your team mates, coaches and the State of Hawaii proud!

  11. A-House May 10, 2019 2:18 pm

    hybrid rush ends/LB — UH has secured commitments or signed a bunch — Banker switching to 4 down with 3 LBers? or, 3 down and 4 very active LBers?

    Rush ends and LBers who can push the OL and pressure the QB or hit the RB in the backfield? how nice!!

    must be a coaches dream to being able to switch defense at any point in a game — confuse the heck out of the offense

    2 more very quality classes including 5-7 top Hawaii players yearly and maybe go to the Fiesta Bowl? never been to Glendale, AZ.

  12. Stephen Tsai May 10, 2019 2:34 pm

    Blocker even admitted his name is ironic for a pass rusher. He did start off as an O-lineman before switching to defense.

  13. ai-eee-soos May 10, 2019 4:25 pm

    Earlier in the week, MWC news posted that

    Hawaii offered JUCO DL Sam Moala, 6-3, 255; Pima CC.

    I wonder if Mark Blocker took that scholarship opening,

    or does Rolo the Magician still has another scholie ?

  14. burro sabio May 10, 2019 4:56 pm

    Blocker can play on kick returns .

  15. Ipu Man May 10, 2019 5:14 pm

    Block that pass!
    Block that kick!
    Gonna knock you off your rocker!

  16. Ipu Man May 10, 2019 5:16 pm

    Dang spell check.
    I typed “KNOCK” not know.
    Stupid robot

  17. Lowtone123 May 11, 2019 6:51 am

    The next Mark Odom.

  18. wafan May 11, 2019 6:55 am

    Aloha coach.

  19. Captain Ron May 11, 2019 12:12 pm

    There is a disturbance in the force. A warrior has gone home. Aloha Oe Coach Tomey.

  20. Captain Ron May 13, 2019 9:06 pm

    There have been no posts or new columns since my post on saturday about noon? Amazing! Must be the off season.

  21. 808warriorfan May 15, 2019 10:25 am

    Aloha Mark … Rainbow Warrior … Mahalo for being a part of “The Ohana” …

  22. Yoshi May 17, 2019 11:18 am

    Wheat Mr. Tsai?

  23. Yoshi May 17, 2019 11:20 am

    Whea, wea……where

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