Defensive tackle Sione Lavaka of Laney College has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors.
He credited the current UH coaching staff with his decision. Lavaka told the Warrior Beat he will sign a letter of intent Dec. 21, the first day mid-year transfers may put their commitments in writing.
He said he is 6 feet 4 and 305 pounds.
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Where’s Inoke Funaki?
If it’s in the evening, he’s attending classes toward his master’s degree in public administration.
If it’s the graveyard shift, he is a security guard for a Waikiki hotel. (His boss is the one and only Bulla.)
Today, Funaki is on a recruiting assignment on Maui.
After Greg McMackin’s departure as head coach last week, UH requested — and received — permission for Funaki to serve as a recruiter. Funaki is completing his second year as a graduate assistant. Funaki passed the recruiting test last week Thursday, and began recruiting the following day. He likened his new role to the church mission he served in the Dominican Republic, noting both are about developing relationships. The difference, as a recruiter, is Funaki knows who’s behind the front door.
The Warriors are in a hurry-up mode. Sunday is the last day before the two-week dead period, during which coaches are not permitted to make in-person contact with recruits.
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Yesterday, it was learned that Dirk Koetter, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator, was a candidate for the UH job. Now add Utah defensive coordinator Kalani Fifita Sitake to the list. By the way, he currently is in town.