Cornerback commits to UH


The Rainbow Warriors filled a key need this morning, securing a commitment from shut-down cornerback Cesar Fermin of Moorpark College.

Fermin is 5-11 and 170 pounds. He had four interceptions this past season.

Fermin has met the requirements to transfer without a pause. He will enroll at UH in January, and participate in the Warriors’ offseason conditioning program (beginning Jan. 29) and spring training in April.

Click for his highlights: Fermin video

Fermin made his pledge after completing his recruiting visit today.

Fermin said defensive secondary coach Daronte’ Jones, who already landed prospects on the East Coast and New Orleans, was the point recruiter.

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  1. kifi December 8, 2013 8:41 am

    Welcome to Hawaii Cesar

  2. 3-Prong December 8, 2013 8:47 am

    Cesar, Aloha from Hawaii!

  3. Hank December 8, 2013 8:50 am

    I rarely hear ST call a cb recruit a “shut down corner”. Nice way to start the morning. Go Warriors!

  4. pu'uwai December 8, 2013 8:53 am

    Aloha kakahiaka.

    Welcome CF to the ohana.

    Imua Rainbow Warriors!!!

  5. whitey December 8, 2013 9:12 am

    Cesar’s video shows a very active cb who can step in right away. Good morning Tsaikos.

  6. Old School Dave December 8, 2013 9:14 am

    Welcome Mr. Fermin. Great benefit to get mid-year JUCO transfers who can get acclimated and compete right away.

  7. Slugger December 8, 2013 9:29 am

    Good morning, gang!

    Hola, Cesar Fermin! Welcome to the Warriors!

    Back to shoveling snow… 🙂

  8. NorthShoreFan December 8, 2013 9:33 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos….bootiful day in Hawaii nei!

    Darn game looks like snowmen are playing….das cooooold!

  9. boolakanaka December 8, 2013 9:40 am

    Aloha all. And I like just the way he looks…he has the look of a corner with skills–Hail Cesar!!

  10. kkobi425 December 8, 2013 9:45 am

    Saw some pics from another site from the Warrior Luau if anyone interested.

  11. tom mui December 8, 2013 9:49 am


    And a warm welcome to Cesar Fermin!

  12. koakane ip5 December 8, 2013 9:51 am

    good sunny sunny sabbath to all hawan at heart peeps

    very good season vball wahines represented well mahalo plenty

  13. jm2375 December 8, 2013 9:58 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Welcome to the Warrior ohana, Mr. Fermin.

  14. Bowwar December 8, 2013 10:14 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos! Too bad about the VB Wahines…Good season nonetheless, I hope Shoji stays another year. UH Men’s Basketball is lifting my spirits and gives us hope for the year after a dismal FB season. I may change my FB season tickets for BB…

  15. Kevin December 8, 2013 10:20 am

    Kudos to AD Ben Jay for just being a fan last night.

    Hair all messed up and sweating jumping up and down imploring the 8,000 to get loud and they responded.

    The entire packed student section stood up and the crowd roared in such a manner you would have not believed that we were still down 2 sets to none and behind by 8 points.

    It was still a great atmosphere overall the last two nights and it was refreshing to see that for a CHANGE.

    Rainbow Wahine Volleyball is still the “GOLD STANDARD” at UH Manoa and has always been until proven otherwise in terms of overall consistency and general fan enthusiasm and attendance given their home venue seating capacity.

  16. tom mui December 8, 2013 10:25 am

    Shame about the volleyball results BUT
    the WAHINE Volleyball team has nothing to be ashamed about. They played hard and worked hard. I am very proud of them.

    And Ben Jay – a great fan as is Virginia Hinshaw.

  17. blaxican3120 December 8, 2013 10:30 am

    is he a 2 for 3, 3 for 3, 3 for 4 guy??

  18. Stephen Tsai December 8, 2013 10:35 am

    3-for-2, I believe.
    But it doesn’t matter. If he’s a mid-year guy, he’s going to compete for playing time right away.

  19. Stephen Tsai December 8, 2013 10:35 am

    Enthusiasm is always nice.

  20. Former UH Athlete December 8, 2013 10:42 am

    Crazy game in Philly… Kelly figured out how the play calls for 6in of snow on field…

    McCoy is just sick….

  21. fshnpoi December 8, 2013 10:43 am

    hail ceasar..httr!

  22. Former UH Athlete December 8, 2013 10:49 am

    How about the balls by Chip to call a QB sneak into Suh, Fairley and Ziggy on 4th down.

  23. Former UH Athlete December 8, 2013 10:52 am

    Hopefully Cesar can bring some consistency to the secondary. NeQuan and Maggitt are either lockdown or beaten by 3 steps.

  24. Former UH Athlete December 8, 2013 10:53 am

    Oh my, Detroit being Detroit….

  25. Derek December 8, 2013 11:12 am

    When you are labeled as a shutdown corner, there is only one way to go and that’s down.
    Too much pressure on the young man. The only shutdown corner right now seems to be Richard Sherman, but everybody has a bad day now and then.

    Anyway, I hope Mr. Fermin will make an impact. Good luck to him.

  26. markazulu December 8, 2013 11:16 am

    wow anybody watching this Minnesota game ridiculous ending (in a good way)

  27. markazulu December 8, 2013 11:18 am

    Baltimore not going out quietly

  28. boolakanaka December 8, 2013 11:29 am

    25–Not sure about that, although Richard Sherman is elite, he is also getting a lot of publicity, at the moment. For those who study corners, also very tough are Jonathan Joseph, Patrick Peterson, and Joe Hayden. Especially if you apply “burn percentage,” which shows how many of the balls thrown in their direction have resulted in pass completions (players must have been targeted at least 35 times; anything under 55 percent is considered good).

    Further, you have to account for all the other aspects — tackling, forcing turnovers, snagging interceptions — that factor into great cornerback play.

  29. Slugger December 8, 2013 11:47 am


    Click on my name for an article about the MBB game last night from the AZ Daily Sun. I woulda been in the pic if I sat next to the guy in the brown plaid shirt under the basket, but nope. One of the lurker’s wife & granddaughters are in the pic above Fotu’s head.

  30. Pete Jek December 8, 2013 11:54 am

    Way to elevate expectations to unreasonable heights, Stephen.

  31. Shoko December 8, 2013 11:58 am

    Niner D is on fire.

  32. papajoe2 December 8, 2013 11:59 am

    Still feeling bad about the WVB lost last night. I will miss the seniors, but especially Emily Hartong. I loved watching her determined play throughout the years. She was just a great all around player. She’s good looking too, but then, all women are. Good luck WVB seniors in your future endeavorsrs. You will be successful just as your volleyball team was. Aloha!

  33. papajoe2 December 8, 2013 12:00 pm


  34. Hon2255 December 8, 2013 12:01 pm

    Tsai just taking propaganda from football office and reporting it in star advertiser. Nothing new. He’s just a reporter. Not allowed to say the real things. Leave that to Reardon the columnist !

  35. manoa#1 December 8, 2013 12:24 pm

    shut down corner you sure you wanna play for these losers of a coaching Staff.!!

  36. Darren December 8, 2013 12:41 pm

    Stephen, thanks for providing ongoing offseason information for the fans of the football team. Missing football season already…

  37. Fan December 8, 2013 12:48 pm

    34, 35…..some of the fans would scare me off more than the coaches

  38. jeezy33 December 8, 2013 12:59 pm

    Awful news that Oregon St will be in the Hawaii Bowl… Keep them away from out recruits

  39. jm2375 (iPad) December 8, 2013 1:29 pm

    Hon2255 – if you don’t like ST, then why are you here? There are plenty of other places to vent your negativity.

  40. tom mui December 8, 2013 1:30 pm

    Do we have to continue to tolerate stupid remarks?

  41. Shoko December 8, 2013 1:50 pm

    Oregon State and Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl is a pretty good matchup especially since Bronco MBB will be playing on the islands, too.

  42. Shoko December 8, 2013 1:56 pm

    MWC Bowls: Boise (Hawaii); UNLV (Dallas); Colorado State (NM); Fresno (Vegas); SDSU (Boise); Utah State (Poinsettia)

  43. Shoko December 8, 2013 2:10 pm

    Oregon State MBB will also be playing at the DHC.

  44. Ipu Man December 8, 2013 2:37 pm

    Good challenges ahead for Mr. Fermin . He is 5-11 and 170 pounds.
    Wish he was 6-11 and 270…and born a twin.

  45. Hodad December 8, 2013 2:59 pm

    Has Norm Chow been replaced with Dino Babers yet? What is taking so long. Why would Ben Jay want to kill UH athletics by NOT making this change?

  46. boolakanaka December 8, 2013 3:35 pm

    Even if they could hop-scotch over their legal obligations, and find money to buyout the contract, Dino is quickly becoming a hot commodity that will command offers in the 7 figures. In short, not happening.

  47. Sofaking_blk December 8, 2013 3:50 pm


    So you’re saying they shouldn’t even try to go after him?

  48. manoa#1 December 8, 2013 4:00 pm

    #42 shoko you forgot Hawaii.(Toilet Bowl)

  49. boolakanaka December 8, 2013 4:18 pm

    No so much a case of trying to going after him, rather it is more of a question are they in the position to go after him. Consider this: one, you would have to have roughly, at least by my estimate, about 1.5 million in buyout money, if you were also considering letting go most of the current assistant coaches.

    Two, you would then also need to be prepared to offer something in the million plus range for Dino. This assumes, and a rather large assumption, that he is interested, in Hawai’i. With all due respect to our program, much large and better funded programs are currently in his pursuit. I have heard nothing of the sorts that would lead me to think otherwise.

    In short, lets assume, he was open to considering UH over Big 10 programs, well, we would need to identify something in the 2.5 million to 3 million range. Most of this would have to be absorbed out of the booster side. Again, knowing what I know from the booster side, I have not heard any one person or a group of individuals who have said they are will to underwrite this pursuit of Dino.

  50. Shoko December 8, 2013 4:24 pm

    Found a few details about Wyoming’s new head coach Craig Bohl. He’ll be paid a base salary of $750,000 a year with the opportunity to earn up to $1.2 million with incentives. That’s a nice increase from $413,000 which is what he was being paid at North Dakota State. That’s a similar deal to what DeRuyter got when he took the Fresno State head coaching position. Think Christensen was paid 1.2 million, not including bonus, when he got canned.

  51. ai-eee-soos December 8, 2013 4:26 pm

    conference gossip… and salary comparison.

    Wyoming: According to Wyoming beat writer Robert Gagliardi, Craig Bohl (North Dakota

    State) has signed a 5-year deal that guarantees $750,000 annually, plus incentives.

    He will continue to coach his team thru the playoffs.

  52. ai-eee-soos December 8, 2013 4:26 pm

    ditto …

  53. gobows December 8, 2013 4:29 pm


    well he is listed at 6-1, 175


    after the army win, they are looking into signing chow to a 5 year extension with a huge buyout clause to protect him from going to ohio state to replace urban meyer.

  54. gobows December 8, 2013 4:36 pm

    5 hours 18 minutes. thats how long it took me to complete the marathon without adequate training.
    somewhat satisfied since it wasn’t my worst time.
    yeah, my feet are sore.
    ice cream tonight, beer and wings tomorrow, finally.

  55. boolakanaka December 8, 2013 4:40 pm

    Gobows….Big congrats!! Planning to do the NYC marathon next year, although the last time I did something even close was 11 years ago, when I did the half, and had a decent time of 1:39. But, that was 15 pounds ago, so we will see….congrats again!

  56. sofiking_blk December 8, 2013 4:49 pm

    Right now he’s making $175,000 at EIU. He likes Hawaii (former UH player, born in Hawaii) so I don’t think it would take that much to get him.

  57. boolakanaka December 8, 2013 4:59 pm

    I actually played with Dino, and from the group of folks who I know that speak to him about such issues, I have not heard anything that would say he is interested. Moreover, you would still have the overriding issue of having a major benefactor/or/benefactors coming up with buyout money. There is neither the fiscal resources and moreover, the will, to make such an event occur within the current UH system.

  58. sofiking_blk December 8, 2013 5:09 pm

    You’re right, the way thing are right now, getting Dino is just a pipedream but man if we could, one can only dream.

  59. Shoko December 8, 2013 5:12 pm

    Don’t forget that Babers has an existing agreement with EIU that might involve a buyout to release him from his contract with the university. It can get pretty complicated.

  60. boolakanaka December 8, 2013 5:14 pm

    58–You are right. If we were in the position to consider such things seriously, he would be a prime guy to look at….although, I read recently, that Ken N. at Navy will only do one last contract with Navy, as he cited his desire to come home. That said, for all his success at Navy, I am not sure he is the right person for a place like UH.

  61. boolakanaka December 8, 2013 5:16 pm

    59..Good point, thats why I think is he were to jump, it would be from a large conference, that is to say, a school with some serious financial clout.

  62. Shoko December 8, 2013 5:20 pm

    Looks like SJSU is on the outside looking in as far as an invite to a postseason bowl game.

  63. Shoko December 8, 2013 5:26 pm

    Yep, don’t think Babers is headed to UH anytime soon, if ever. Yet, I can’t blame folks for dreaming. After all, Warriors went 1-11 and I think some fans just went unfulfilled this past season including me.

  64. gobows December 8, 2013 5:28 pm

    thanks boola. wow, 1:39 is really moving. when I’m in decent shape i barely do the half in 2 hours. haven’t been training regularly the last couple years since i work nights. midday running in hawaii is a killa.

  65. boolakanaka December 8, 2013 5:38 pm

    64..That has to do more than anything with Mrs. Boola. Damn woman is type-a and was on me about the training. Can you tell I was not a happy camper, so hopefully, I’ll have a more leisurely training, but still qualify.

    So, the last trip home, which was late October, so not overly hot, but did a run close to 11:00 am, from the Moana Hotel, to Black Point and back….thought I was going to faint, only pride kept me from catching the bus back. Yes, da heat is killa. Funny thing, growing up and even through my really fit days, I only ran at lunch time, and it never affected me. Damn growing up sometimes sucks….

  66. Former UH Athlete December 8, 2013 7:23 pm

    43… At least Hawaii hardly produces D1 BB players for OSU to recruit.

    Agree with Jeezy, OSU coming to Hawaii Bowl is a little scary. Every top local prospect will likely be getting phone calls and meetings, whether already committed or not.

  67. Former UH Athlete December 8, 2013 7:28 pm

    62… MWC is punishing SJSU for screwing up Fresno’s run to a BCS payday. Also, just saw Fresno gets USC in Las Vegas Bowl… Should be a fun game. USC RBs are going to run wild over Fresno’s defense, but the game depends on Kessler. If he’s not terrible, USC wins pretty easy in a shoutout. If Kessler struggles, which is definitely possible, the Las Vegas Bowl will be a good game.

  68. 808WarriorFan December 8, 2013 7:31 pm

    And Thom Kaumeyer is still on the staff

  69. jm2375 (iPad) December 8, 2013 7:35 pm

    Did anyone see that the former president of the cheaters Ohio State, Gordon Gee, has been hired as interim president of West Virginia? So much for disciplining the asst coach.

  70. jm2375 (iPad) December 8, 2013 7:42 pm

    Dan Snyder needs to go. Worst owner in the NFL.

  71. jeezy33 December 8, 2013 8:00 pm

    66. The only players I’m really worried about are Devan Stubblefield and Tavita Eli. Both of those guys are 3 year starters in my eyes with the chance to be 4 depending if we redshirt or not. Both are the type of recruits OSU likes to get who they develop into solid players.

  72. nana December 8, 2013 8:19 pm

    Oregon State will recuit Hawaii hard. They will be here for a week while Hawaii won’t meet till January. More props to Coaches Banker and Cav.

  73. Bryson December 8, 2013 8:30 pm

    Isnt there a recruiting dead period.during the time OSU is here? If it is and they try to recruit I wonder what kind of infraction that would be? Wonder why Hawaii never tried to.recruit Jacob Lacaden out of.St.Louis…

  74. Dan-O December 8, 2013 8:32 pm

    All this talk about Babers…..maybe he doesn’t want to even come here…LOL!

  75. ai-eee-soos December 8, 2013 8:48 pm

    has anyone, from this blog, contacted Babers – just to say Hi !

    just let him know that he is still on your mind.

    might just start the ball rolling.

  76. gobows December 9, 2013 2:16 am

    2 hawaii guys that might be under the radar, jeff ulbrich and adrian klemm, both are on the ucla staff.



  77. wafan December 9, 2013 3:32 am

    Good Monday, all!

  78. sofaking_blk December 9, 2013 6:37 am

    I know Babers is the preferred choice but there are alot of other coaches to consider.

    Brian Norwood/ Baylor OC
    Ken N/ Navy HC
    Beau Baldwin/ E Washington HC
    Dave Schramm/ Fresno St OC

  79. Slugger December 9, 2013 6:39 am

    Good morning, gang!

  80. Kaleo_1 December 9, 2013 7:31 am

    Just curious, has there ever been a corner that hasn’t been proclaimed, “shut down corner”?= lol

  81. jeezy33 December 9, 2013 7:46 am

    80. Exactly…..

  82. A-House December 9, 2013 7:58 am

    all recruits come with “lofty” credentials – but, they will compete with others on the same team who may be faster, stronger, more experienced, etc.

    that’s not even touching the opponents WRers who may be stronger, faster, more experienced, etc.

    let history record how good they will be.

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