Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier said he will be taking an official recruiting visit to Hawaii next week. He said he spoke with UH head coach Greg McMackin for an hour today, and the trip will be arranged after he sends his transcripts.
Forcier said he has family in Hawaii, and that he is impressed with the Warriors’ history of giving second chances to players.
He also has an interest in San Jose State and Nevada. “Hawaii will be my first visit,” he said. “Maybe it will be my last.”
He said he wants to make a decision this month.
Forcier will have to sit out the 2011 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. After that, he will have two years to play two seasons.
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Thank you to coach Greg McMackin, video coordinator Chris Williams and Heather McMackin for hosting last night’s chat and tour.
Among the topics:
• Samson Anguay will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. He is expected to miss the 2011 season, leaving him with four years to play four seasons. (Because the injury occurred during the offseason, he could petition for an extra year if he misses another season because of an injury.) Anguay was projected to be the No. 1 punt returner this year.
• Scott Harding, Tank Hopkins and Mike Edwards are the leading contenders for the now vacant punt returner’s job.
• The Warriors will continue to use the wedge formation — three back blockers — on punts, only this time punter Alex Dunnachie will be allowed to boom away. On the other side, the Warriors will now emphasize blocking punts.
• Special teams coordinator Dick Tomey is meeting with other coaches across the country, including Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer, to share special team techniques and schemes.
• For the 2012 recruiting class, UH would like to sign two quarterbacks. The preference would be for one to be a freshman, the other an experienced quarterback, such as a JC player or transfer.
• The Warriors are seeking a way to ease the end-of-the-year academic crunch. Because of finals and school projects, the Warriors admittedly missed too many practices leading to last year’s Hawaii Bowl. McMackin said the missed practice time by starters contributed to broken assignments that factored in three interceptions against Tulsa.
• There is a possibility former defensive tackle Tuika Tufaga will receive an internship as a recruiting assistant.
• After a one-year hiatus, the Pigskin Pigout returns. It is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 25 at Murphy’s.
• The new uniforms will feature a special material intended to keep the hamstring area warm during games.
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From Serenda Valdez (via Brian McInnis):
Aunty Sandy Kim passed away. She worked many, many years in UH athletics and touched an unbelievable amount of student-athletes, coaches, staff etc. She was Mrs. Aloha to all. Many of the kids would sit in her office and talk story with Aunty Sandy. She made the athletes feel like ohana. Services are this Friday at 5 p.m. at Borthwick.