QB Jeremy Higgins’ decision to transfer to UH is, essentially, a boost to the Warriors’ 2012 recruiting class. Early thoughts:
Impact: Bryant Moniz and Shane Austin are entering their final seasons and, despite open auditions during spring training, none of the younger quarterbacks seized the successor’s job. Of the candidates, David Graves was the most consistent during the spring. Cayman Shutter also showed promise. Kevin Spain, while recovering from shoulder surgery, was on a throw count. Higgins, the state’s best prep quarterback not named Andrew Manley in 2009, will provide much-needed competition.
What’s to like: Higgins has a strong arm, and he’s very accurate. He has scrambling ability, but is comfortable in the pocket.
What’s interesting: Higgins is left-handed — a rarity at the position since the four-wide offense was implemented at UH in 1999. It shouldn’t make a difference because the Warriors run a balanced front.
Significance: The Warriors have reaffirmed the message that going away does not mean staying away. From Travis LaBoy (who was raised on the Mainland but is the son of former UH great Cliff Laboy) to Kealoha Pilares, the Warriors are open to accepting transfers with Hawaii ties. And this can only help the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team, which is in the running for Higgins’ sister, Tayler Higgins of Punahou School.
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UH’s top tranfers:
• Quarterback Colt Brennan started his career at Colorado. He spent a year at Saddleback College before walking on at UH in 2005.
• Defensive end Travis Laboy was a Utah State transfer who became the WAC’s best defensive player in 2003.
• Snubbed by UH, rush end David Veikune went to Colorado for a year. He then went to Fresno City College before signing with the Warriors.
• Lineman Mark Tuinei and running back Anthony Edgar began their college careers at UCLA.
• Slotback Kealoha Pilares opted out of his commitment to the Air Force Academy.
Then again, there were others who went in the opposite direction, such as kicker Peter Kim and defensive lineman Kimo Von Oelhoffen.
And then there was a player who transferred from Oregon to UH, and then from UH to Portland State. What ever happened to June Jones?