Kaiser’s Nic Tom set to join Warriors

One of Hawaii’s most versatile high school athletes — Nic Tom of Kaiser High — will be joining the Warriors as a walk-on this summer.

“I felt like UH was the better option,” said Tom, who also received offers from Air Force and two Division II schools.

Richard Torres, Kaiser’s defensive coordinator and a former UH co-captain, praised Tom as “one of the hardest workers I know.”

“The kid trains seven days a week,” Torres said of Tom, who is 5 feet 9 and 180 pounds. “He’s one of the strongest guys I know. He benches more than 315 (pounds). He ran a 4.4 in high school. He’s a smart kid. He could play any position on the field.”

Tom has played cornerback, safety, wide receiver, punter, punt returner and kickoff returner.

“He made the sacrifice of playing quarterback his senior year instead of DB, where he would have had a great shot (at receiving a scholarship), because we needed him,” Torres said. “He’s a team guy. He puts the team above himself.”

Tom completed 64.8 percent of his passes in 2015.

He also competes in track, and is the Cougars’ starting point guard in basketball.

Tom has drawn comparisons to Torres, a Kahuku High quarterback and wrestler who joined the Warriors as a 140-pound defensive back and developed into a 180-pound tackling machine.

“He’s more athletic than I ever was,” Torres said. “Where he’s at now is 10 times where I was at this point in time.”

Tom is expected to compete at slotback for the Warriors.

He said he has followed the Warriors since he was a “young kid.”

“You can say I always liked UH,” Tom said.

Torres said Tom has “great parents. That’s why I know he’s going to be successful.”


  1. Pupule May 20, 2016 7:50 am

    Ekahi !!

  2. Pupule May 20, 2016 7:51 am

    Way to go Nic Tom !!


  3. haka May 20, 2016 7:55 am

    Alright Nic!
    Sounds like he may be a real sleeper at slotback.
    Can never have too much speed!
    Go Warriors!

  4. Stephen Tsai May 20, 2016 7:57 am

    UH is filling the roster.

  5. Stephen Tsai May 20, 2016 8:07 am

    Why is Gary Dickman on the front page of Hawaii Warrior World?

  6. hitmanhart May 20, 2016 9:53 am

    aloha everyone !! happy aloha friday !!

  7. H-Man May 20, 2016 9:53 am

    Sounds like Nic Tom will be a good player for the Warriors. Welcome and thanks for choosing Hawaii.

  8. z May 20, 2016 10:45 am

    Just wondering. Are there any local high schools who have never had a player on a UH football roster?

  9. Boolakanaka May 20, 2016 11:21 am

    Z– interesting question!!

    If we are just considering Oahu HSs then, that answer is no. But, outer islands??


  10. Da Punchbowl Kid May 20, 2016 11:35 am

    Hmmm… a walk on from Kaiser?
    We had some great luck with one of those before. 😉

    Great news, good luck to Nic! Mahalo for being loyal to the soil.

  11. Da Punchbowl Kid May 20, 2016 11:36 am

    Garsh! I was just thinking about Boola and there he is. Wassup Bool?

  12. Boolakanaka May 20, 2016 11:53 am

    Boola is like the 0’opu, always hiding between the rocks and shady areas….

  13. ponojr May 20, 2016 1:36 pm

    Saint Francis HS?

  14. Boolakanaka May 20, 2016 1:57 pm

    Ponojr….well I consider them an outlier, as their program is just three years old. That said, my little birdie says they got some pretty big sole kids that are sophs that will get serious UH attention.

  15. legistlature May 20, 2016 2:03 pm

    UH is filling the roster-with NFL measurable type of athletes

    Why is Gary Dickman on the front page of Hawaii Warrior World?

  16. WWF May 20, 2016 2:29 pm

    Walk on with 4.4 speed, strong, athletic and “one of the hardest workers”, coming from Richard Torres. He can play QB, CB, Safety, WR, Punter and returner. Sounds like a hidden gem that everyone except Air Force missed. Lucky for UH football. Many walk ons with characteristics like Nic’s have become play makers for UH.

    I hope to see him working his way on to the field and earning a scholarship one day.

  17. cappie the dog May 20, 2016 3:54 pm

    Cal-State Fullerton upset #18 Fresno State 6-4 in the UCLA Regional, a Fresno State team featuring two former Hawaii softball players, infielders both. After watching our defense struggle all year, I am a little gleeful.

  18. A-House May 20, 2016 4:06 pm


    I believe UH never had a player from Konawaena or Lahainaluna (?) or Kau or Hawaii Prep [ they have a football team? ] or Molokai

    Mento’s ‘biggest Filipino in my life” is from Molokai, but did he prep on Oahu?

    I’m trying to recall all the local players that stayed in our dorm in the early 60’s

    dang, brain is falling alseep!!!

  19. A-House May 20, 2016 4:10 pm

    Nic Tom shares many attributes of Chad Owens out of Roosevelt.

    another”mighty might”?

  20. clyde May 20, 2016 4:35 pm

    A-House: Kimo von Oelhoffen (Molokai) started his career at UH, but finished at Boise State and went on to NFL. Not sure about the other schools, but, yes, HPA has a football program that has produced the likes of Max Unger, Shane Brostek and another lineman who also went to the Pac-12 and NFL (forgot his name).

  21. 3-Prong May 20, 2016 5:59 pm

    Friday Pau Hana! Oh Yah.

    Last check Bows were beating Titans.

  22. cappie the dog May 20, 2016 6:09 pm

    Smug Titans announcers.

    Lococo triple to right.

  23. kapakahi May 20, 2016 6:10 pm

    Had the pleasure of meeting and talking story with Nic with his pops at a few Saturday UH Spring Football practices.

    Very humble kid.


  24. Haleakala May 20, 2016 7:13 pm

    Andrew Faaumu went to Lahainaluna as well as Kaniela Tuipolutu though he transferred and graduated from Kahuku HS.

  25. burro sabio May 20, 2016 7:57 pm

    Mr. A-House,

    Konawaena – Billy Stephens, RB
    Ka’u – AJoe can answer that one
    Lanai, Hana – ??
    Pahoa, Laupahoehoe, Kohala – ???

  26. A-House May 20, 2016 8:12 pm

    Haleakala & burro sabio:

    I knew some other Tsaiko would have information on outside island players

    good job guys!!

    burro – the last 6 schools on your list did not have a player at UH not unless it happened before 1959.

    clyde — no HPA football players to UH tho’ – guess much like the “private”schools were the star players all go to the mainland.

    here in the valley, another month has gone by without seeing the moon – cloudy all the time – tonight I notice a full moon again — that’s my “yard stick” for the moon cycle

  27. Makai May 20, 2016 8:40 pm

    Warrior fan trivia…Hawaii prep had a few I think Damian Arafiles and Bully Fergerstrom being the last 2.

  28. burro sabio May 20, 2016 8:41 pm

    Mr. A-House, Ka’u had at least one but A-Joe might know of others so I’ll defer to him.

    HPA grads think they’re too good for UH. 🙂

  29. Lahainaluna May 20, 2016 8:43 pm

    Lui Fuata was from Lahainaluna also.

  30. Lahainaluna May 20, 2016 8:48 pm

    Charlie Araki and Henry Ariyoshi who were on the team that beat Nebraska were from Lahainaluna, too.

  31. Lahainaluna May 20, 2016 9:03 pm

    Add: Kenji Kawaguchi, Rowland Maielua and Michael Bates to the list from Lahainaluna. I’m sure there’s more..

  32. kapakahi May 20, 2016 9:09 pm

    Add a true frosh safety walk-on……


  33. snowmantoo May 20, 2016 9:18 pm

    clyde- you were trying to think of Daniel Te’o Neshiem. burro sabio – where did you grow up? Certainly not on the Big Island.

  34. clyde May 20, 2016 10:41 pm

    snowmantoo: yup, that’s the guy.

  35. z May 20, 2016 10:50 pm

    Wow a lot of info. Thanks.

  36. A-joe May 21, 2016 12:22 am

    Claxton Fernandez back in ’76

    Although he spent his formidable years growing up and playing ball in Ka’u, Rashad Galimba eventually graduated from Waialua HS in 1980.

  37. A-joe May 21, 2016 12:27 am

    Grant Sumida ’81 and Kerry Tapia ’82

  38. Stephen Tsai May 21, 2016 12:59 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=37571

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