The Warriors scholarship offer to 11-year-old Titan Lacaden is unique — it drew coverage from USA Today to the New York Daily News — but not unprecedented.
A brief recap of the Warriors’ youth movement:
> In 2000, Patrick Lavar Harley joined the Warriors as a linebacker. He was 16. Harley could read and write at age 3. He began kindergarten at 4. He was promoted from third grade straight to fifth grade. That freshman year at UH he could not vote, donate blood or register for the draft — the military draft. He redshirted that year but made his first start in 2001, as a 17-year-old outside linebacker.
> In July 2008, six months after being hired as UH head coach, Greg McMackin offered a scholarship to 13-year-old offensive lineman Reeve Koehler, who was entering the eighth grade at Kailua Intermediate. By the time he graduated from Saint Louis School in 2013, McMackin had left UH. Koehler played for Arkansas after turning down offers from Tennessee, Oregon, California and Kansas.
> In June 2009, McMackin was at it again, this time offering a scholarship to 15-year-old Kamalei Correia, a Saint Louis freshman whose mother worked at the UH athletic department. It was a family tradition. La‘anui Correa played for the Warriors and, at the time, Haku Correa, was a UH freshman. Correia went to Boise State. The Baltimore Ravens selected Correa in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft.
> Last year, Nick Rolovich offered a UH scholarship to 14-year-old Noah Sewell, an eighth grader at Desert Hills Middle School in Saint George, Utah. Rolovich was Nevada’s offensive coordinator when he recruited Sewell’s older brother to the Wolf Pack.
> Rolovich followed the Sewell offer with an offer to Faatuiolemotu “Tui” Tuilele, who had just completed his freshman year at Saint Louis School. At the time of the offer Tuilele was standout in junior varsity who had yet to play in a varsity game.