NorCal receiver chooses Warriors

Drake Stallworth, a 6-foot-2 wideout from Folsom (Calif.) High, has made a verbal commitment to play for the Warriors next season.

“He’s a stud,” said David Graves, a former UH quarterback who coached Stallworth on the JV squad a couple years ago. “You could tell right away he was one of those guys you needed to get the ball in his hands.”

Stallworth is the X — the go-to receiver — in the Bulldogs’ poi-dog offense. As co-head coach the past few years, Troy Taylor, who’s now calling plays for Eastern Washington, implemented a scheme that has elements of Bill Walsh’s West Coast, Hawaii’s run-and-shoot, Washington State’s Air Raid, and Washington’s multiple sets. The Bulldogs have plays called “Hawaii” in their offense. Three weeks ago, Eastern Washington upset Washington State, 45-42.

Graves said Stallworth is “the No. 1 guy” in Folsom’s offense.

Stallworth’s father had asked Graves about UH. Graves responded: “Dude, if you’re a receiver, that’s exactly the school you want to go to.”

Graves added: “Drake Stallworth is an awesome player. I think he’s going to be a great fit in Hawaii.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree at UH, Graves played in a pro league in Germany. He returned to Folsom, where he is balancing his work as a mortgage broker, coaching football and planning his upcoming wedding with Nicole Lehua Barrett. He also keeps in touch with the coach who recruited him to UH.

“I’m so excited for everything Rolo’s got going on,” Graves said. “He’s the one to bring the whole culture and attitude back to Hawaii. He gets it. Whatever it is, he gets it. The kids love him. It’s only a matter of time before the program is extremely successful again.


  1. akuhead2 September 22, 2016 5:44 am

    Let’s hope he’s steps right in as the X receiver for UH.

  2. A-House September 22, 2016 5:50 am

    Hello, cruel world!

  3. A-House September 22, 2016 5:51 am

    hey, hey, hey — waz eats goin 2 bee?

  4. A-House September 22, 2016 5:52 am

    like others eye no longah stir when player come mits to UH foosball

    excited when day sign da paypah!

  5. A-House September 22, 2016 5:53 am

    and, a goos mornin 2 all!!!

  6. A-House September 22, 2016 5:55 am

    Coach Rolo:

    if incoming player good – start um — neva mine if get mor experience playah!

  7. Maddog50 September 22, 2016 6:04 am

    That makes it 5 commits and I think a few more to come soon. If we can get these guys early it at least makes it a lot easier coming down the home stretch. Should be a full class so positive change gonna happen soon. Still like our chances to nail 5-6 more victories this year-Go Warriors!!!!

  8. Annoddah Dave September 22, 2016 6:29 am

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs:
    Hopefully these new commits live in the “fast lane” and have the speed to get separation from opposing corners and safeties.
    Go Warriors!

  9. clyde September 22, 2016 7:40 am

    David Graves showing a lot of aloha considering how his once-promising career ended at UH. Then again, he always took the high road despite the adversity, graduated and appears to be on a nice career path. Mahalo, David.

  10. H-Man September 22, 2016 7:49 am

    Two WRs in a row. I am impressed. Now about those linemen, corners and linebackers. Another one like Freddie Holly would be nice.

  11. Egan Kawamoto September 22, 2016 8:46 am

    Just hope that they can catch.

  12. Shoko September 22, 2016 9:10 am

    At the Nevada-Cal Poly game I saw David’s brother, Dano, play in his first season start. He played well forcing an OT against the Pack. Their crazy blitz packages was giving them Nevada’s offense fits in the second half. Glad things worked out for Dano when he left the Air Force academy.

  13. NorthShoreFan September 22, 2016 9:41 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…Bootiful Day!

    Glad to see recruits coming on board. We need to keep constant contact with them till it’s on the palapala.
    I like the Stallworth name…brings back memories…

    BG, healing energy to your ohana my friend.

  14. al September 22, 2016 9:46 am

    He ran a 4.46 and also played some corner.

  15. Ohana Hawaii September 22, 2016 9:52 am

    I know that a lot’s of people wants the kids from UH to go pro football player. I love a lot’s of former players from Hawaii that? Became Head Coach or in a coaching staff with a high school !

  16. clyde September 22, 2016 10:03 am

    Shoko: Thanks for the update on Dano; wondered what happened to him after he committed to the AFA. Guess he went from QB to DB.

  17. tom September 22, 2016 10:26 am


    AL #14 With his hands and speed, I’m not sure whether he would be best as a receiver or CB. We could have used him as a CB in Michigan as he would have the speed to cover those track-star receivers! OTH he seems to be adapt at catching passes!

  18. Inyoface September 22, 2016 10:36 am

    Michigan plays their first 5 games at home. How does that work?

  19. Pomai September 22, 2016 10:41 am

    I always like David Graves, I also thought he got a rough deal. Good to have alumni looking out for us!!

  20. Hawaiian I September 22, 2016 11:14 am

    No offense but popolo or haole?

  21. nomu September 22, 2016 11:17 am

    Thanks to David Graves. And totally agree, Rolo will get this program back to being extremely successful. College football playoff game in the future?

  22. aaaaa September 22, 2016 11:44 am

    #14 – he does have speed, but he doesn’t look 6-2

  23. orioles4eva September 22, 2016 11:52 am

    David Graves is a very classy and positive guy unlike the coach who chased him away. All the best to you David, much success in the future.

  24. Jeezy33 September 22, 2016 11:53 am

    Let’s stick wiTh official electronic numbers.
    He’s a 4.63 40 guy that ran his 100 in the low 11s. Think I saw 11.2 100m. 4.63 is very fast for a kid going into his senior season during the summer. I just don’t like u official numbers because every Hawaii football recruit in past would post false numbers and we know our guys weren’t running 4.4 40s.

  25. M L Warrior September 22, 2016 12:16 pm

    He looks like he is playing against jv. Let’s just hope he plays for UH. Let’s get some big quick d-line guys in here.



  26. NotNasti September 22, 2016 12:30 pm

    Inyoface: Michigan can do it because money talks. A friend of mine went to the Michigan game as a guest of a Michigan alum. This alum pays $70k per year for a skybox. This does not come with season tickets, for which he is on a waitlist. He has the skybox, but has no seats in the stadium itself. My friend was told that the “average” price per ticket is $400. Multiplied by 113,000 for each of their five home games, ticket sales alone amounts to $225 million. Harbaugh’s salary, he was told, is being paid by a single donor.

  27. 808warriorfan September 22, 2016 12:34 pm

    Now to get their (Mullen & Stallworth) signatures on an LOI for UH


  28. islandman September 22, 2016 12:38 pm

    Adrian Klemm got penalized by the NCAA, a two year show-cause order. But no post-season ban.
    ” The NCAA characterized the violations as Level II, which is the second-most serious in the new four-tiered system, aggravated by “blatant disregard for the NCAA constitution and bylaws.”
    … for arranging training services and housing for two recruits worth $2,400 that he paid for outside of NCAA rules.
    The case was resolved through the NCAA’s summary disposition process and did not require a Committee on Infractions hearing.
    Klemm, who coaches the offensive line and also has the title of associate head coach , is regarded as the top recruiter on UCLA’s staff. Last season, he made $760,000 and was the third-highest paid assistant coach in the Pac-12, according to the USA TODAY Sports salary database.
    Klemm was suspended during the spring recruiting period of 2015. UCLA also agreed to reductions in spring evaluation days last year (168 to 150) and two official visits. It also must pay a $5,000 fine.
    The investigation into Klemm started when his ex-girlfriend e-mailed a tip to the NCAA enforcement staff.

  29. H-Man September 22, 2016 12:47 pm

    It’s depressing to read how much money supports the Michigan program. Hawaii should have asked for more money to be slaughtered for the Wolverines’ opening game.

  30. Maddog50 September 22, 2016 12:55 pm

    I for one love these recruits period. As far as program simply put just send something anything to any number of funds Na Koa Warrior nation etc. every little bit helps!!!

  31. amela September 22, 2016 1:07 pm

    Thanks to David Graves. It’s always nice to know that former Bows are always thinking about helping the team.

  32. looking to the future September 22, 2016 1:17 pm

    Tua, Tua, TUa, Tua, Tua,Tua!1
    Sleep in front of his house coaches

  33. G (China) September 22, 2016 1:54 pm

    Man, a lot of those plays they ran was reminiscent of how UH use to play. Love the sets! Good get coach!

  34. SteveM September 22, 2016 2:10 pm

    Welcome Drake Stallworth!

    G(China) — Long Time! Has your email addy changed? If so, please email me at stevem.hnl at gmail.

  35. ALLAN September 22, 2016 3:00 pm


  36. tempmanoa September 22, 2016 3:11 pm

    The quarterback looks pretty good too puts the ball on the money.

  37. Ohana Hawaii September 22, 2016 3:44 pm

    GO WARRIORS! Coach Rolovich great start! Three star high school player!. We need more three and four stars players.

  38. kapakahi September 22, 2016 4:04 pm

    David Graves always Played Warrior!….and Lived Aloha!…..and will always be a Warrior For Life!

  39. Haleakala September 22, 2016 4:25 pm

    David Graves – if I remember correctly, he was also a talented musician. All the best to him!

  40. turfwar September 22, 2016 4:31 pm

    Mahalo to Coach Graves for putting in a good word and helping UH land a very promising athlete and congrats to him and his soon to be bride. Landed a beautiful Island girl of his own so visits back home to keep watch on his guys is very much assured.

  41. HawaiiMongoose September 22, 2016 5:20 pm

    Thank you David Graves, you are a 100% class act. Congratulations on your wedding, much happiness to you and your bride!

  42. Inyoface September 22, 2016 5:25 pm

    We definitely have more first downs in the first 4 games than a whole year with Norm Chow. Just need to get over the hump and win games.

  43. Warrior Dave September 22, 2016 6:32 pm

    UH needs to hook some big and nasty D linemen for next year. Also greater speed in needed in our defensive backfield.

  44. kapakahi September 22, 2016 7:15 pm


    UH offered a couple of SoCal HS DTs earlier today……

    Hopefully some of the local HS DE prospects (Suguturaga, Vimahi, Tagovailoa-Amosa, Mejia) seriously considering staying home to play for UH.

  45. a September 22, 2016 7:23 pm

    a 6′ 2″ corner with speed — hmmm, or better as a WR?

  46. H-Man September 22, 2016 11:00 pm

    Robert Kekaula, KITV sports on Warrior football…”It was so quiet at practice you could hear the birds chirping.” Rolovcich quote. Rolo very unhappy with the lack of enthusiasm. Players giving up? Hope not.

  47. Maddog50 September 23, 2016 1:55 am

    Played Saturday 3 full days off and real prep starts Sunday……not unusual to have a flat practice particularly with many new faces and lotsa youth-like they say it’s a process. The last four weeks have been a real grind. No worry it will right itself. Also take into consideration all positions are being evaluated, I’m sure there were a few “adjustments” that turned loose some emotions-confident that it will right itself-Go Warriors!

  48. akuhead2 September 23, 2016 3:20 am

    Lots of nice comments about David Graves.
    What’s he been up to?

  49. Tempmanoa September 23, 2016 3:29 am

    Tough on anyone to start off 1-3 with all those road game blowouts. Last year 2015 we started off 2-2, with things looking up, and the year before 2014 we started off 1-3, but we had close games vs three Pac 12 teams losing by 1 point, 8 points, and 9 points again things were positive. Hope the guys rally and get the win or at least play a good close game.

  50. H-Man September 23, 2016 7:46 am

    I thought the team would come away with a positive attitude after they put up 21 pts in the second half against Arizona. They also put up 31 pts against Cal, a team that beat #21 Texas 50-43. I guess they don’t realize how close they are to being a good, competitive team with some adjustments. At this stage it’s all between the ears. All I can say, Go Warriors!!!!!!!! I’ll be at the game……wearing my black with green striped underpants.

  51. BigWave96744 September 23, 2016 7:59 am

    Don’t forget we still got Stubblefield (Soph), Tullis (TrFr) & Noa (TrFr), to name a few.

  52. burro sabio September 23, 2016 8:25 am

    Just flying to Arizona is exhausting and I don’t play football or go to school.

  53. diamonds808 September 23, 2016 8:35 am

    Mahalo to David Graves for showing some promising players the way to Hawaii! Met him a few years ago when he had just left UH. Asked him about football and although he got a bum deal with the coaching change, he was gracious in not bashing the new regime, just said that it didn’t work out for him – class act for a young man just out of college.
    Live Aloha, Play Warrior always – GO BOWS!

  54. Stephen Tsai September 23, 2016 10:12 am

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