Next stop …

Sunday, it was Honolulu.

Yesterday, it was Dallas.

Today, it is Fort Lauderdale.

After that, it’s more Florida, then New Orleans.

For head coach Norm Chow and his assistants, this week’s recruiting tour will be spent on home visits. Depending on several factors — qualifications, late losses, gray shirts — the Rainbow Warriors probably have about six scholarships left to give. Not all of the offers have to be made before the Feb. 5 signing day. Some cap room might be needed for transfers or late qualifiers. There have been several calls from “returners” — Hawaii-raised players who went to mainland schools and now want to transfer to UH.

The next two weeks are going to be very interesting.

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The latest tally shows there are 415 people who submitted official applications for the two vacant UH coaching jobs.


  1. Buffoman January 21, 2014 7:53 am

    That’s very interesting. Hope it works out for the team.

  2. 2 January 21, 2014 7:59 am


  3. Ipu Man January 21, 2014 8:00 am

    The best weather in the planet as Guy Hagi says…who wouldn’ want to play here?

  4. PurpleMaple January 21, 2014 8:01 am

    With that schedule, they won’t need to check into a hotel room. Wishing them success on the recruiting trail.

  5. Hank January 21, 2014 8:03 am

    Wish I knew who was calling us.

  6. jm2375 January 21, 2014 8:11 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Best wishes to the coaches in their recruiting efforts.


  7. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2014 8:14 am

    I remember in JJ’s first year, he made a one-day trip to Texas to recruit an offensive lineman who eventually signed with Kansas or Kansas State. After that, I don’t recall JJ or McMackin making mainland recruiting trips this late.

  8. tommui January 21, 2014 8:17 am


    Lots of miles traveled – lots of potentials there – the Holy Grail?

  9. Come home January 21, 2014 8:28 am

    Play in front of your family
    Moms cooking
    Girl friend still here
    Warm weather year round
    Sleep in your own bed

    Good reasons to come back home…..

  10. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 21, 2014 8:31 am


  11. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 21, 2014 8:32 am

    Good morning Tsaikos.

    Looking forward to what the next few weeks holds for recruiting.

  12. papajoe2 January 21, 2014 8:41 am

    Good morning everybody!

  13. Shoko January 21, 2014 8:45 am

    Any of those “returners” have a chance at applying for waivers and not having to sit out a year?

  14. Bugaz January 21, 2014 8:53 am

    Any of those guys good enough to push for a starting spot?

  15. Bugaz January 21, 2014 8:54 am

    Totally like the recruiting efforts by this coaching staff.

  16. Inyoface January 21, 2014 9:08 am

    Next year is make it or break it for Chow. Better have an attitude that they can beat teams instead of questioning if they can or not.

  17. mikesmith January 21, 2014 9:14 am

    ST, any idea when Coach Chow will get to the interviews for the two coaching positions? Is he waiting til after signing date? & no I am not Mike Smith from the previous UH coaching staff (I always get that in other blogs LOL)

  18. NorthShoreFan January 21, 2014 9:33 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…40-50 ft swells?…nutz!
    Beachfront peeps better get outta there…

    Anyhoo, would a “welcome back” be appropriate?…or…Welcome Warriors!..

  19. Da Punchbowl Kid January 21, 2014 9:37 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Good luck to the Coaches – bring back some lively ones! Still looking for a couple of big fellahs to go into the mix.


  20. PONO January 21, 2014 9:59 am

    Glad the coaches are putting in the work to secure current commits and hopefully convince uncommitted fellahs.

  21. jonj January 21, 2014 10:11 am

    I don’t think chow should be thinking future with the returners wanting to come home. Each should have to walk on with the first year they have to sit out. Unless they graduated and can play immediately. ST I think I heard that last years transfers count against this class, is that true??

  22. Bryson January 21, 2014 11:11 am

    Looks like Simon Poti is the newest warrior commit

  23. Former UH Athlete January 21, 2014 11:19 am

    Go get em coaches.

    And Keep Oregon St as far away as possible.

  24. jeezy33 January 21, 2014 11:25 am

    23. Oregon St…?? That used to be our biggest worry…. Now we play 2nd option to the Utah St. and Fresno St. of the world and gotta worry about those teams. Utah St. class is very small so far so they have a bunch of offers left and with Clune coming to Hawaii, you know they will be lurking the Hawaii recruiting board… But yeah Oregon St always going to be a worry locally… But I would say Utah St. is a bigger problem currently as a whole..

  25. Boolakanaka January 21, 2014 12:11 pm

    24…And I would say that if the Akina rumors are true, CAL will be making in-roads to Hawai’i recruiting.

  26. NorthShoreFan January 21, 2014 12:52 pm

    need some good OL and DL recruits.

  27. azwarrior22 January 21, 2014 1:00 pm

    I don’t think I would be worrying too much about Cal. They have high entrance requirements, so you need one smart buggah to go to Cal or Stanford.

  28. azwarrior22 January 21, 2014 1:02 pm

    And I don’t think Utah State will make much inroads unless they are Mormon. I would worry more about Pac-12 raiding.

  29. Boolakanaka January 21, 2014 1:08 pm

    27 that’s a good point. Stanford especially, is at the confluence of stellar academics and elite athletics.

  30. dannyp January 21, 2014 1:11 pm


    Considering USU already has taken recruits from us you should worry about them…

  31. bowwar January 21, 2014 1:12 pm

    Quality of athletes/recruits is our biggest concern and that’s the candidates that the Oregon States try to poach. We might lose some two stars to Utah State, but I’m not worried about that…

    Interesting that they’re making a stop in New Orleans…I wonder what they’re looking for there…

  32. kaimiloa January 21, 2014 1:18 pm

    Seems like Washington State is getting the most local guys, lately.

  33. azwarrior22 January 21, 2014 1:25 pm

    Some of the local boys get lolo eyes when recruited by Pac-12 schools, but you really want to go to Utah State if you go there because Hawaii is in the same conference and it is not BCS.

  34. Former UH Athlete January 21, 2014 1:26 pm

    25… maybe. The only the ILH players might get poached. Cal Berkeley is a high academic school, so tougher to get players admitted and there probably isn’t enough D1 talent coming out of ILH every year to make it worth their while to spend recruiting time in Hawaii. Guys like Te’o will go to a Stanford/Notre Dame.

    There’s enough high academic high schools in Cali for them to fill the roster without needing to come to Hawaii… although recruiting hasn’t been good there for several years.

  35. Former UH Athlete January 21, 2014 1:33 pm

    The bigger key to UH’s recruiting is that we already have most of the spots accounted for already. Lots of commits early means the coaches are getting the players they want.

    At this point, I’d much rather have 16-20 commits of primary targets and lose a few late, rather than have less than 10 committed and scrambling to fill your allotment with 2nd/3rd level targets.

  36. PurpleMaple January 21, 2014 1:34 pm

    They’re probably stopping at New Orleans to meet with Russell Gage, ATH, Baton Rouge, LA and Dalvin Populist, QB/DB, Slidell, LA.

  37. Boolakanaka January 21, 2014 1:47 pm

    34-FUHA, I see your point, but if I recall current TB Buc, Matthew Masifilo, Stanford Dlineman, is a Campbell HS graduate. I also understand the Cardinal are looking at a couple Kapolei and Campbell underclassmen. And Cal, from back in my day, recruited my pop warner teammate John Haina, to Joe Iber to Tyson Alualu–and a couple in-between. For me, given the choice between Stanford and ND, Stanford hands down is a much better school.

  38. jeezy33 January 21, 2014 1:57 pm

    30. People don’t even realize that Utah St. is raiding Hawaii’s boards bad. I’m not going to name the commit who was high on Hawaii till they came in and Lauaki visited Utah St. too even though I think he is still a Hawaii commit. After knowing Poti is possibly committing to Hawaii, guarantee Utah St. tries even harder to get him knowing Clune is a LB coach and are going to be keeping tabs on who we target.

  39. bowwar January 21, 2014 2:05 pm

    #38 – Jeezy, if USU is poaching our Board, I’m surprised they haven’t tried to recruit the prize RB recruit out of Kahala High School, Mahu Okole, who is 6’3″, 225 lbs and runs a 4.3 40…They must have missed the game where he/she scored 7 TDs against Punahou.

    Don’t worry, our secret is secure, ’cause I don’t think they goin’ steal Mahu Okole from us…I’m sure Chow has shim in the bag.

  40. Old School Dave January 21, 2014 2:10 pm

    Bowwar: Heard that Mahu’s younger brother, Lolo, is a 6.1 200 rb 8th grader on the intermediate team at Kukui High. Bugga ran for 6 touchdowns against Kamehameha and threw for 2 more.

  41. Former UH Athlete January 21, 2014 2:16 pm

    28.. that’s always going to be a worry with the Pac-12.

  42. PONO January 21, 2014 2:28 pm

    39. Hilarious. I hear Mahu is dating Lennay.

  43. leron January 21, 2014 2:34 pm

    Why all this talk of Utah State and Fresno “poaching” players? Last year, USU had only 3 Hawaii players and Fresno only 1. If that’s recruiting The state hard, theyre not doing a very good job.

  44. bowwar January 21, 2014 2:44 pm

    #40: You know da family too…We bettah keep this a secret or da’ USU guys or OSU folks goin’ come and steal the braddahs from us.

    #42: Dat’s right…You know their great uncle was Prince Hanalei.

  45. st anthony trojan January 21, 2014 2:49 pm

    ha no need worry..
    his cousin okole maluna… not mention the school
    but he run up the old pioneer mill road to go school every day..
    the bugga in shape.. look like a clone of the nogas..
    no buddy can stop him..
    one school even went single wing to
    get away from him..but no work..

    15 solo tackles…6 sacks his average 2013
    n only 10 grade…he half podogee n filipino
    sum one said he was franks delimas son..
    but i dunno..and sum say he is andy’s son….
    fo figga…IMUA coaches… bring back sum priosoners he he he

  46. bowwar January 21, 2014 2:54 pm

    45: I heard the bruddah likes to come from the rear of the DL…I’m pretty sure the USU guys would love Okole if they saw the films on that guy.

  47. kakaako kid January 21, 2014 3:05 pm

    Okole get little bit baby fat. He speak softly but carry one big stink. I always see his sticker in the Manoa area, one yellow “O” with wings.

  48. st anthony trojan January 21, 2014 3:09 pm

    yea bowar… but he kinda old now.. cuz from intermediate school he was in mindanao living with his why me think he is bumatai’s son n not frank’s..but the bugga was in the taro patches here,,u know they have taro here is called ..gabi.. so he was eating that.. n green banana.. green he is mature now at 25..n still in 10 grade..but the buggs strong.. carry two full bags gabi from the patch to the road.. over 1 mile plus..n sum times he is running..maybe he should go for the track team.. what u think??

  49. jimmy the lock January 21, 2014 3:29 pm

    Not that I want to see it or maybe I do, but anyone have vids of the buggah?

  50. st anthony trojan January 21, 2014 3:34 pm

    i dunno. but sum one here told me ..have a video of him wrestle a carabao..
    but u know that kind rumors.. not sure have..
    maybe rich.. want to look at him for the cougars also
    his jr n sr year..he no need sit out huh ?

  51. bowwar January 21, 2014 3:44 pm

    #48: Good recruit for BYU…He’s already done his mission in Mindanao.

  52. wafan January 21, 2014 4:46 pm

    Good evening!

  53. wafan January 21, 2014 6:03 pm


  54. al January 21, 2014 6:34 pm

    leron…what jeezy is saying is that utah st. and fresno st. have been coming after kids who have comitted to or shown high interest in our program. these are not hawaii kids only that he is referencing but recruits in general.

  55. jeezy33 January 21, 2014 7:07 pm

    54. Thanks for clarifying. For example, Simon Poti is from California and looks very close to committing….. But now Utah St entering the picture… Samiuela Lauaki is a Hawaii commit and visited Utah St. I think we are still good on him though. Another big time JC kid ended up signing with Utah St. when Hawaii was the 1st on him. There will be more with Clune here. The last 2 weeks get crazy with coaches trying to fill out a recruiting class and our commits usually get full court pressed.

    Darrian Josey is visiting Syracuse this weekend. Possibly Louisville the next. Yeah he is a commit but nothing is 100% at this point.

    Oregon St has about 21 commits right now. I wouldn’t be worried about them as much as I would be worried about better Pac 12 schools poaching Oregon St recruits…

    And like I said, I am more worried about the better MWC teams hitting up our boards. SDSU class is looking really good.

  56. kapakahi January 21, 2014 8:13 pm

    Lost out on DL Khyiris Luavai to the Utes.

  57. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2014 8:30 pm

    As reported here earlier, Castro and Pedroza count toward the 2014 recruiting class.
    Rasmussen does not because he’s not on scholarship. Yet.

  58. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2014 8:33 pm

    From what I know, there were 11 recruits for seven spots.

  59. kapakahi January 21, 2014 9:15 pm


    Hopefully some OL prospects among the 11 recruits.

  60. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2014 9:25 pm

    I can see a prospect choosing a Pac-12 school.
    I can see a recruit choosing San Diego State.
    I’m an adult and can drink wine, so San Jose State would be a nice place.
    Maybe Colorado State.
    But I just don’t get how anyone could choose Utah State over Hawaii. The Aggies have a good football program, excellent facilities and a nice little campus. But c’mon, Logan, Utah, over Manoa? That I don’t get.

  61. Jeezy33 January 21, 2014 9:43 pm

    56. Damn that was the hidden gem of this recruiting class. Big loss..

  62. leron January 21, 2014 9:59 pm

    Sorry Jeezy. I misunderstood your post. Good recruits or no, there will be many 2nd and 3rd year recruits under this staff who have had playing time and on the job training with mixed results. Hopefully this is the year all the experience and growing pains pay off.

  63. koakane ip5 January 21, 2014 10:30 pm

    re #60 seems I heard something similar like …..,.. what choose Boise, Idaho over Hawaii bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaa and the rest was history

  64. amadeus January 22, 2014 1:57 am

    Heard Lamone Williams from Kahuku committed to OSU Beavs last night.

  65. maddog50 January 22, 2014 4:19 am

    Just for the record, Cal under Ted Telford invoked the privilege that allows athletes to gain aceeptance to Cal below the normal entrance requirements. This is not a unique situation. For sure many other schools utilize the same privilege in many conferences. You have to have an ACT near 30 to gain entry to Illinois….for sure a number of athletes do not meet the student profile…..just FYI.

  66. boolakanaka January 22, 2014 4:20 am

    ST–can you give Mike from Na Koa my email address, I’m going to sponsor some tsaikos for a golf event. Mahalo nui in advance.

  67. referguru January 22, 2014 5:37 am


  68. Slugger January 22, 2014 5:52 am

    Good morning, gang! Morning, ST!

    Good luck to the coaches on the road.

  69. boolakanaka January 22, 2014 6:47 am

    65–I serve on a couple of admission committees at the institution I’m at, and for athletes here, a baseline of 1900-1950, is mandatory for admission, otherwise they are required to do a 5th HS year at a prep school.

  70. kulawarrior January 22, 2014 6:52 am

    Why are none of the Hawaii men’s basketball road conference games on television?

  71. Former UH Athlete January 22, 2014 7:34 am

    70… because UH plays in a broke ass conference that no TV network will pickup. Pretty sure a TV network isn’t going to carry games with less than 1,000 people in the stands (at most BW gyms) and maybe a few thousand that would watch from home.

    You can view most of the games on the website (hawaiiathletics website usually has a link to stats, audio, video). The only issue is bigwest’s website seems to have poor bandwidth and any more than 3 people viewing bogs down the feed.

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