In the books

The first week of the offseason conditioning program is in the books.

The Warriors now will prepare to host eight recruits this weekend.


Middle linebacker Jahlani Tavai
Middle linebacker Jahlani Tavai
Quarterback Dru Brown
Quarterback Dru Brown
Offensive lineman JR Hensley
Offensive lineman JR Hensley
Cornerback Rojesterman Farris II
Cornerback Rojesterman Farris II
Defensive end Teva Eldridge and "Pocho"
Defensive end Teva Eldridge and “Pocho”


  1. Sangamon Keith January 20, 2017 9:34 am

    Stephen … Can you share the names of the visitors?

  2. madeinhawaii January 20, 2017 9:45 am

    From yesterday’s conversation.. (this morning).. blueshirts..
    It’s so confusing. The “preferred walk-on” has to wait two years to become eligible for a scholarship, so as not to count as an initial for the year he walked-on. The “blueshirt” also has to walk-on, but can get a scholarship immediately? Which counts against the initials for the following year?

  3. madeinhawaii January 20, 2017 9:57 am

    Sounds like the blueshirt also has to make an unofficial visit as opposed to an official one and then walk-on. So, someone like Philip Tran (QB) whom visited recently might qualify?

  4. boolakanaka January 20, 2017 10:35 am

    I have heard that both Cornell and Boola Boola U have solid interest in the Tran kid. When an Ivy has an interest, unless he applied early decision, they (prospective athlete) usually wait it out til early spring to see if they are admitted.

  5. Derek January 20, 2017 10:42 am

    You can get a lot of information from Hawaii Warrior Sports Network from Two of the names mentioned visiting this weekend are RB Miles Reed and OT Micah Vanderpool. I’ve seen some of their film and I like what I have seen. Of course, you are only watching highlights of their senior season, but you can tell that they are talented guys. The only thing is we don’t really know sometimes the caliber of competition they are playing. However, in the case of Reed, you know he plays for Centennial HS which is in a very good league. He rushed for over 2,000 yards this past year so his production was there. He doesn’t get hurt and at 5’9″, 190 he reminds me of Donnell Pumphrey. He’s more quick than fast, but he’s a very tough runner and he’s tough to tackle. He hits the hole very quick and he catches the ball too. If you want production, he’s got it. He would be a terrific addition if he likes our program. Size don’t matter. It’s talent and heart. They said he runs a 4.55 40. That’s fast enough. Vanderpool has the measurables, tall and has the weight. He could be like Coach Price says, “mobile, hostile, and agile. They said he didn’t give up a sack all season long, but I can’t verify that. I leave it up to the coaches. I trust they are the ones that know who they want in our program. As to the other players visiting, we will find out in due time. Patience, patience.

  6. shoichi January 20, 2017 10:51 am

    Looks like Kesi Ah Hoy decommitted from Hawaii. Going to visit Oregon St.

  7. shoichi January 20, 2017 11:16 am

    @6 oops meant he already did his visit but will be getting a home visit this weekend.

  8. H-Man January 20, 2017 12:18 pm

    Just watched Phillip Tran’s video. He’s a read-option QB, so he fits into Rolo’s offense. Looks good, but cannot tell how he will do at a D1 level. He passed for 2545yds/25TDs his senior season.

  9. burro sabio January 20, 2017 12:29 pm

    #6 & #7 – try starting all over and say what you intended to say before you start rumors.

  10. bowwar January 20, 2017 12:32 pm

    #5: Met Vanderpool and his mom last night on the flight from SFO. They were coming in from Phoenix. Nice young man and he is HUGE. Mother is also nice and caring. He said Chris Naeole was named to the Poly Hall of Fame and was looking forward to meeting with him. I hope he likes his visit and becomes a Warrior.

  11. NotNasti January 20, 2017 12:52 pm

    Miles Reed’s HUDL video looks REALLY good. Lot of strength for a small guy. He looks to be a lot shorter than 5’9″.

  12. H-Man January 20, 2017 12:52 pm

    According to Scout, Kesi has de-committed; see

  13. Shoichi January 20, 2017 1:02 pm


    Not rumors. All it takes is looking at Scout commit list which had Kesi before. Also the video posted recently regarding him and the recruiting process.

  14. Blu808 January 20, 2017 1:19 pm

    @6 I think Rolo’s twitter post says it all with last minute poaching. Best of luck to Kesi if he does decide to go elsewhere. I don’t think he is as talented as Keala Santiago anyways but still a talented player and big recruit to lose. Oh well that’s college recruiting for you.

  15. Derek January 20, 2017 3:02 pm

    The way I look at it you lose a good player you try to find or sign a just as good a player or better. You can always get gems late in the process. I think Ray Lewis said he was one of the last player to sign with the Miami Hurricane.

  16. clyde January 20, 2017 4:27 pm

    @14: I think Rolo was referring to Wyoming’s late pitch (or poach?) to CB Akil Francisco, who canceled his trip to Laramie this weekend and confirmed his 100-percent commitment to Hawaii after Rolo made a home visit on Wednesday.

  17. Old School Dave January 20, 2017 5:12 pm

    You win some, you lose some, but you keep on fighting! Coach and his staff will put together a solid class come Feb 1st. Speaking of last players offered, remember a lineman from Roosevelt HS by the name of Shawn Alivado (Ching)? He was the last player signed by Wags.

  18. Ipu Man January 20, 2017 5:14 pm

    Hope Pocho has pooh-pooh bags to keep
    practice field green…

  19. alwaysarainbow January 20, 2017 6:14 pm

    Great to see Hawaii focusing on the Sacramento Valley. This has been Nevada and SJS turf for some time. This is a big turnabout as quite a few of the HS coaches and recruits were turned off by the last Hawaii regime. The Elk Grove and S. Sacramento area is a honeypot of excellent huge-fast and mean Poly players who do not necessarily play for glamour high schools. The Junior college system remains strong. Getting the skilled players like the receivers from Folsom and the EG Thundering Herd is impressive. The Pac 12 schools only pick off the top and a lot of great players are under the radar and would prefer to go to JC than Sac State. Keep it up coach Rolo and staff — the kids out here are taking a good look at Hawaii again and they like what they see! A lot better then that dreary cold fog we have in the winter. Sacramento kids love Hawaii. Keep the pipeline going!

  20. islandman January 20, 2017 6:30 pm

    Only 1st two MPSF matches of the season , but how does UH talent line up with LBSU’s ?

  21. burro sabio January 20, 2017 6:48 pm

    #13 if you saw it somewhere else why don’t you just say so in the first place? And I don’t have the money to pay for premium content so I can’t read the article, they don’t pay much for pulling a plow.

  22. captain ron January 20, 2017 7:33 pm

    @21 Their list doesn’t show any commits from Hawaii. Is that accurate?

  23. islandman January 20, 2017 8:14 pm

    Yes, per another forum.

  24. kapakahi January 20, 2017 8:26 pm

    Maui HS OLB Feleti Afemui still to decide between UH and Vandy.

  25. Paniolo January 20, 2017 8:34 pm

    If we had 100 on the roster, I surely would like to have seen 100 participating in the off-season before spring training begins and continue on though the summer till fall training.
    On another issue, I believe this is the first time since Hawaii football began that we have only one local kid committed. The rest show more love to mainland schools than their State University. I love the incoming commits from the mainland, Samoa and Australia because in their comments they have shown more love for Hawaii and our Warrior football team. Welcome to Hawaii

  26. Old School Dave January 21, 2017 6:26 am

    Knew a number of local kids who attended Oregon State and Wazzu. Common comment was that “There was nothing much to do in either town.” You had to jump in someone’s car to drive to either Portland or Spokane for anything to see or do. They also mentioned the constant smell of “a farm” in those towns. Selection of “ethnic” food is sorely lacking in the supermarkets up there. After pau school up there, you still gotta come back home to look for a job, if you decide to do so.

  27. slenzi January 21, 2017 6:46 am

    #17 Mahalo Old School Dave for remembering Wags and Shawn Ching!

  28. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2017 8:09 am

    New post:

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