Deondre Powell, a decorated receiver from Gahr High School in California, has accepted a football scholarship from the University of Hawai‘i.
Powell, who is 5 feet 8 and 160 pounds, caught 73 passes for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
Powell’s teammate, quarterback Corey Nielsen, earlier made a verbal commitment to the Warriors.
“I’m excited to be a Warrior,” Powell said. He is rated as the No. 1 returning receiver in California, according to Scout.com. He said he tries to model his play after Davone Bess’ style.
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Tyler Graunke said he has been given an opportunity to complete work in a class that would allow him to rejoin the Warriors.
If everything works out, Graunke said, he is hopeful of joining the Warriors by “Monday, at the latest.”
He said he is being withheld from team activities because of “academic reasons.” He said he needs to complete work in a course that is part of his major. He said he has not met all of the obigations of the class, but that he was granted “an opportunity” to fulfill the deficiencies.
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It’s early, of course, and things change by the hour. But as of right now, this is the two-deep chart on defense:
LE—David Veikune, C.J. Allen-Jones.
LT—Fale Laeli, Josh Leonard.
RT—Keala Watson, Rocky Savaiigaea.
RE—John Fonoti, Elliott Purcell.
LLB—Blaze Soares, Tyson Kafentzis
MLB—Solomon Elimimian, Brashton Satele.
RLB—Adam Leonard, R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane.
LCB—Ryan Mouton, Calvin Roberts.
SS—Mana Siva, Erik Robinson.
FS—Keao Monteilh, Desmond Thomas.
RCB—Jameel Dowling, JoPierre Davis.
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• Safety Christian Vasconcellos will grayshirt, joining the Warrirors in January.
• Wideout Jovonte Taylor is due to arrive in town today. He already has been admitted into school. Receiver Dustin Blount is expected to arrive soon.
• Defensive linemen Geordon Hanohano and Haku Correa practiced today.
• Wideout Royce Pollard made the catch of the day. He slipped, falling on his wallet, but still made the overhead catch from a sitting position.
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Agent Max Hannemann reports that Tala Esera has re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Esera was cut in order for the Colts to sign an extra punter for last Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game. Esera signed a new three-year contract, Hannemann said. Esera was on the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad last season.
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There’s a reason the Warriors’ practices are so orderly. Greg McMackin and his staff spent weeks plotting every minute of every practice through the eve of the Florida game.