Warriors set to add two receivers

The Hawaii football team appeared at the UH basketball game on Sunday. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

The Warriors are set to add two more receivers on Wednesday, the first day of the early-signing period.

James Phillips of Mount San Jacinto College and Jared Smart of Laney College told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser they have accepted scholarship offers from the Warriors.

They will sign tomorrow, then enroll at UH in January.

Phillips is 5-8 and 160 pounds. He projects to play slotback. Phillips once ran 100 meters in 10.7 seconds.

Smart is 6 feet and 180 pounds. He is expected to compete at wideout. Smart’s coach is John Beam, who was Davone Bess’ coach at Skyline High.


  1. azwarrior22 December 18, 2018 7:30 pm


  2. H-Man December 18, 2018 8:30 pm

    This is shaping up to be a really good class.

  3. Walter Matsuoka December 18, 2018 9:39 pm

    I’m kinda concerned about the amount of JC players … give me some feedback Warrior Fans …

    Just want to see Mr Gabriel sign w/ Hawaii … UH has an early commit from a TX QB & was going after a Utah H.S. QB … does this mean Dylan won’t play for UH … ????? Would break my heart …


  4. seewhy December 18, 2018 9:40 pm

    Need for speed! πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’¨

  5. HawaiiMongoose December 18, 2018 9:46 pm

    I’m not expecting Dillon Gabriel to sign with UH. He already passed on UH once when he made his original commitment to Army, and he didn’t reopen his recruiting until after he got offers from UCF, Georgia and USC. I would expect him to sign with one of the latter three.

    If UH can land Boone Abbot it won’t bother me to lose out on Gabriel.

  6. turfwar December 18, 2018 9:57 pm

    Just read where something like 17 out of 19 early recruits for BYU will go on missions before enrolling. Wouldn’t be surprising if Boone also does his mission first (if he is LDS) with the QB roster as it stands now. But I personally like the Texas QB a lot. He has also garnered a ton of accolades for his play this season.

  7. Stephen Tsai December 18, 2018 10:06 pm

    It should be interesting to see what Utah State does now that Wells is gone. They used to send a lot of guys on missions.

  8. Stephen Tsai December 18, 2018 10:08 pm

    I don’t think UH wants to go heavy with the JC route, but they have to restock, particularly since they lost so many guys last year. But they’ve done a good job with getting JC guys with options. For instance, Phillips has three to play two.

  9. NorthShoreFan December 18, 2018 10:28 pm

    Expect some JC ballers to challenge for staring spots. Keep the “machine” rolling with the least amount of the need to adjust. The young ones can develop over the year.
    Looking good Warriors!

  10. HawaiiMongoose December 18, 2018 10:42 pm

    ST, are you sure it isn’t Smart that has three to play two? According to the CCCAA statistics website, Phillips is a freshman who’s played only one season for Mount San Jacinto, while Smart is a sophomore who’s played two seasons for Laney. That suggests to me that Phillips would have four to play three while Smart would have three to play two (unless either redshirted at the JC level).

  11. HawaiiMongoose December 18, 2018 10:48 pm

    Also according to HUDL Phillips was a 2018 high school graduate while Smart was a 2017 high school graduate.

  12. ai-eee-soos December 19, 2018 12:13 am

    #3. the need for going heavy on the JC route …
    we need guys who can contribute now – gotta win now.

    we have some high schoolers who can develop. also, future classes might have more high school recruits.

    and, JC guys might be less likely to transfer, as their remaining years are limited.

    just my 2 centavos.

  13. cappie the dog December 19, 2018 3:59 am

    I hope all the new recruits are warm-blooded.

    Check their pulse.

    I like Cole McDonald’s take on JoJo Ward: “…brings a sense of life to the team.”

    I watch “The Walking Dead” so this comment is funny to me.

  14. Boolakanaka December 19, 2018 6:56 am

    When you have prolific passer like Cole, who was a RS soph, and then a burgeoning fresh, like CC, who very well might preserve his freshmen RS year, well, I think it’s a tad illogical to think any of the current local HS QBs to give UH serious consideration. All you are looking at is 3-4 years of sitting on the pine β€” and I know that experience very well..wink.

  15. Savich December 19, 2018 7:33 am

    Retarded. How come too small? Because they ether are JCs or just smaller recruits.

    Big time recognition. We’ll see how they perform on the field though. Warriors!

  16. Savich December 19, 2018 7:41 am

    Dillon Gabriel: maybe he can come back and try out for a backup position. I don’t think he’s going to win the starting position over Cole, Jeremy, or Chevan. That will be a big one for stealing the show. And what for? quarterback position at UH.

  17. Savich December 19, 2018 7:50 am

    Are they having a basketball game on Saturday 22nd, December 2018? That is the night of the Hawai’i Bowl. I would rather go to a Bowl game at Aloha Stadium. The nights under the stars seem more delightful than a stuffy night at UH lower campus, Manoa. It all depends on how you view a night out. Personally, I like it at Halawa, with the stadium ambiance and the environment at Aloha stadium.

  18. shoots December 19, 2018 7:53 am

    any word on kalakaua timoteo?

  19. shoots December 19, 2018 8:06 am

    kennedy tulimasealii had a good season at eastern new mexico. sure could have used him this year

  20. Savich December 19, 2018 8:10 am

    I am a Aloha Stadium guy. It seems more fun at Aloha Stadium. Why? It’s like a sherlock Holmes. You’re playing detective. And the stadium is the field. It is a big stadium. So roaming the area of Halawa only makes the night out even more fun.

    If you were at UH though, you will be cooped up at one seat. Not too good already. And roaming the area, it is confined to a building. who cares? I think you get the idea.

    Come out for a good game of football at Aloha Stadium. It will be fun for you. You’ll see.

  21. Savich December 19, 2018 8:31 am

    I think the count has gone up. Since it is Saturday night, and gathering up all of UH’s faithful fan club, I see another full house. Maybe 42,000-45,000 fans showing up that night. Wow!

    I can see it now. The same faces from Waianae, Kahuku, Nanakuli, North Shore, all lining up for a tailgate party first. It is going to some night out.

  22. HawaiianMantis December 19, 2018 8:37 am

    #17 – Men basketball playing good UNLV team at Diamond Head Classic at noon. Hawaii Bowl at 5:30 pm. Enjoy two great experiences.

  23. Stephen Tsai December 19, 2018 9:01 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=47821

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