Kapolei High cornerback Kalani Brackenridge told The Warrior Beat this afternoon that he has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors.
He is 5-11, 165 pounds, and is capable of running 40 yards in 4.5 seconds.
He also will play for the UH baseball team.
His father was in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ and Minnesota Twins’ system. His brother recently signed as a cornerback with the J-E-T-S.
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Iuta Tepa and Kimo Makaula are gone.
Liloa Nobriga is split 50-50 between Colorado and UH.
But the Warriors still are expected to announce a recruiting class of about 30 Wednesday, the first day recruits may sign binding national letters of intent.
The rule is that a school can sign as many recruits as long as all of the offers are honored for academically eligible recruits and that no more than 25 new scholarships are given on the first day of school.
The Warriors will meet those requirements. Usually a couple of players are not ready academically at the start of school. There’s also the gray-shirt option, in which a freshman delays enrolling in school until the second semester.
The gray-shirt rule is an option that benefits developing players. Many freshmen redshirt the first year, anyway, to adjust to school and Division I football. After that, they have four years to play four seasons.
A gray shirt may take up to nine credits the first semester. He then joins the team the second semester, participating in the offseason conditioning program and competing in spring practice. After that, he has five years to play four seasons. In essence, he has a six-year window. Think a guy like Rocky Savaiigaea wouldn’t have liked to have gray-shirted? Instead of one year of eligibility remaining, he would have two.
Bob Wagner was the first UH coach to employ the gray-shirt option, using it on Kaulana Noa. Noa used the extra year to develop; he ended up as a four-year UH starter and a St. Louis Rams’ draft pick.
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The Barefoot League is hosting an autograph party at its Kapahulu Avenue store Saturday. Some Pro Bowl players, as well as former UH players, are expected to attend. It’s tentatively set for 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.