Warrior Beat: Smart approach

Jared Smart. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

After every spring practice, receiver Jared Smart runs a go route to the neighboring soccer field where he fields “passes” launched from the JUGS machine. With the sun at an unforgiving angle and the fatigue from a two-hour practice, it is a challenging time for Smart to work on his focus and receiving skills.

“You have to put in the extra work,” Smart said. “That’s the path my dad took. I try to do the same things he did. I try to put in the extra work.”

Smart’s father knows about parting shots. Keith Smart launched the winning shot with four seconds left to lift Indiana to a 74-73 victory over Syracuse in the 1987 NCAA championship basketball game.

Jerry Kramer made “The Block.” Dwight Clark made “The Catch.” In college basketball lore, Keith Smart made “The Shot.”

“The Shot” was launched years before Jared Smart was born. But he has watched YouTube clips of it. “When we went to Indiana to visit, a lot of people came up to him,” Smart recalled. “He’s a big figure up there.”

The elder Smart’s advice was for his son to follow his own path. Jared Smart loved playing basketball, but he loved playing football more.

He was an academic qualifier as a high school senior, but received only one offer, from Stetson, an FCS school in Florida. He opted to attend Laney College to improve his game and physique.

As a Laney freshman, 6-foot Smart weighed 165 pounds. He was 180 last year, when Laney switched from a spread to a passing offense. He caught 53 passes for 634 yards while also catching the attention of the UH coaches. Laney head coach John Beam’s endorsement was significant. Beam was Davone Bess‘ head coach at Skyline High.

Smart enrolled at UH in January, and already has demonstrated speed and the ability to decipher coverages. He now weighs 188. Keith Smart, by the way, is an assistant coach with the New York Knicks.


  1. truegreen April 10, 2019 9:27 am

    First! ST, great story but you called him Laney in the last paragraph…

  2. H-Man April 10, 2019 9:30 am

    Kudos to UH coaches for coming up with recruiting gems. Waiting to see Jared in action.

  3. Stephen Tsai April 10, 2019 9:35 am


  4. Boolakanaka April 10, 2019 10:21 am

    Hmmmn, I saw his pops practicing at our old gym back in the day- if I’m not mistaken he was with Golden State for a bit…,

  5. haka April 10, 2019 10:39 am

    Our receiving core has the potential to be special. If the running game raises their game, the offense will be a joy to watch. Of course, that being said, the kane up front are the movers that make it all work! Go Warriors!

  6. Da Punchbowl Kid April 10, 2019 10:42 am

    It nice to be smart and athletic, but putting in the extra work is what makes good players into great players. I’m looking forward to seeing Jared play!


  7. ai-eee-soos April 10, 2019 2:38 pm

    might be old news to some ….. from MWC news.

    Hawaii offers Maceal Afaese
    Kapolei, SDE 6-5 260, Class of 20

    He has a bunch of offers from PAC12 and P5 schools.

    On the list of offers, many of the schools have recruiters who have Poly names;
    they “know how to go about in recruiting” Polynesian players.

  8. ai-eee-soos April 10, 2019 2:39 pm


  9. ai-eee-soos April 10, 2019 3:01 pm

    testing – still not posting my non test posts.

  10. Stephen Tsai April 10, 2019 3:15 pm

    Is posting still a problem for you?
    I know I have problems getting onto the site, too.
    Email me at sighdude@gmail.com if you’re still having problems.

  11. suckkabooya April 10, 2019 5:40 pm

    Testing 1,2,3 testing.

  12. Kahuna April 10, 2019 6:00 pm

    I know I have problem with my post disappearing into thin air. I spent 2 to 3 minutes writing something, then I hit the submit button and VOILA! Disappear.

    Waste time and energy brah….LOL

  13. kalua pig April 10, 2019 6:55 pm

    you already know cuz.

  14. Stephen Tsai April 10, 2019 8:14 pm

    Yep, definitely irraz.
    So, all with problems, email: jkight@staradvertiser.com
    He’s our online editor.

  15. Akamai Okole April 10, 2019 9:27 pm

    Great evening All!

    Talkabout Irraz…

    I wen bachruum and work on it for 20 minutes, pull da lever and nutting…



  16. Akamai Okole April 10, 2019 9:30 pm


    You da Smaht one!

  17. suckkabooya April 10, 2019 10:16 pm


  18. dreamcitymike April 10, 2019 10:25 pm

    Wow great pedigree! Putting in the hard work now will pay dividends in the fall. Great get considering his bloodlines! Go Bows Go Hoosiers!!

  19. Loa April 11, 2019 6:41 am

    Morning Gang!

    Trying to see if work

  20. islandman April 11, 2019 8:26 am

    Copy your post and save it somewhere before Submit in case it disappears.

  21. suckkabooya April 11, 2019 9:45 am

    Testing, testing, 1,2,3, testing.

  22. Trunks420 April 11, 2019 9:59 am

    I hope a new QB starts this year for Hawaii.

    Mc D had his chances now is time to put in someone else to prove themselves.

    Mc D will be the emergency backup.

    Championship or Bust

  23. Trunks420 April 11, 2019 10:03 am

    Heard from sources that power 5 conference is doing thire final evaluation for the next conference expansion this year.

    So if Hawaii don’t want to be dumped again this year they need to show they can compete and win against Boise.

  24. Kahuna x April 11, 2019 1:24 pm

    Hawaii will get dumped regardless. Our geographic location is just too much to overcome.

    So many big time programs doesn’t even want to come here even with the exemptions and the ability to play an extra game. No way UH will be invited to join the party. We just don’t offer enough to satisfy those big conferences.

  25. Boolakanaka April 11, 2019 3:07 pm

    Ursua visiting with Seahawks today.

  26. sackkabooya April 11, 2019 3:53 pm

    Sound check, sound check, (pak, pak, pak)

  27. Trunks420 April 11, 2019 5:35 pm

    #20 Kahuna X
    Sadly you might be Right but I fear what may happen if Hawaii is left out the party.

    Hawaii is being funded and supported by mostly private donations……

    I hope they continue to support regardless of the outcome.

    I going to predict that these home games this season will be sold out and Hawaii surprises the Nation by FINALLY Beating Boise in Boise with that ugly disgusting Flu Turf.
    Because just looking at it makes me sick

  28. islandman April 11, 2019 6:13 pm

    23. In 2016-17, 42.9 % of the UH Athletic Operating Revenues of $47.8 million was from the UH upper campus and state plus student fees. Another $12.4 million was from Rights/ Licensing.
    Don’t know the Capital funding though.
    Found a new Big West website:

  29. sackkabooya April 11, 2019 11:22 pm

    Testing, testing, 1,2,3, testing.

  30. sackkabooya April 12, 2019 12:16 am

    I was informed by the online editor (Joel Kight, fast and friendly responder) that there was an updated list of banned words about one month ago. One of those banned words was in my username so all my posts were blocked.

    As for others with problems your post probably contained one or more of that updated banned words on their list. I remember we were pretty critical on a lot of things (especially on Trapasso) about a month ago. Still will never be as bad as WSN as far as criticism goes. I guess we gotta keep it “really” civil. Can do. (???)

  31. sackkabooya April 12, 2019 12:46 am

    Was informed that Star-Advertiser updated their banned word list about a month ago. My username contained one of those newly banned words so all my posts disappeared. If your posts disappear then they may contain one or more of these banned words. I’m still trying to figure it out.

  32. clyde April 12, 2019 7:48 am

    sackkabooya: No shame, just use your name. Now, if that gets placed on the offensive/banned list, then you know you’ve got a problem. LOL

  33. NorthShoreFan April 12, 2019 8:42 am

    Yes!…another one comes home!

  34. NorthShoreFan April 12, 2019 8:43 am

    YES!…Another one comes home!

  35. NorthShoreFan April 12, 2019 8:44 am

    Yes!…another one comes home!

  36. NorthShoreFan April 12, 2019 8:47 am

    YES! Another one comes home!

  37. wafan April 12, 2019 9:22 am

    Sackabooya . . . so if something was really bad it could be said it was a vacuum? If part of your name is on the banned list that really is a humongous vacuum. Hmmm, good thing there are two U’s in the word vacuum or it would be banned as well.

  38. sackkabooya April 12, 2019 9:55 am

    The banned word that affected my posts was the word “suck”. Pretty common and useful word to use to communicate how poor or objectionable something may be. It may be removed from the banned list when they do re-update.

  39. sackkabooya April 12, 2019 10:04 am


    Guarantee. Banned list for sure. LOL

  40. Stephen Tsai April 12, 2019 2:03 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=49388

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