Two Kapolei High School linebackers — Dustin Elisara and Tuu Lolohea — have made verbal commitments to accept University of Hawai‘i football scholarships.
Elisara, who is 6 feet 2 and 245 pounds, is Hawai‘i’s sixth-ranked prospect in the Scout.com ratings. He is projected to compete at middle linebacker for the Warriors.
Lolohea, who is 6 feet 2 and 240 pounds, will compete at outside linebacker.
By committing to UH, both players are canceling recruiting trips to Arkansas next week.
Elisara also is turning down offers from Oregon State, Arizona and Wyoming. Lolohea said he received offers from Idaho, Arizona and Colorado.
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Last month, head coach Greg McMackin announced that quarterback Bryant Moniz and long-snapper Luke Ingram would be placed on scholarship this semester. They had be integral parts to last year’s team.
But those plans will be put on hold until the summer. It was assumed that they would be able to receive mid-year scholarships, using the scholarships vacated by players who graduated in December.
Makes sense, right?
Because they have been in the program less than two years — Moniz joined in January 2009, Ingram in August 2009 — and they played during the 2009 season, they would count toward the 2009 recruiting class if they receive scholarships during the 2009-2010 academic year. The Warriors already filled their limit of 25 initial scholarships for the 2009 recruiting class.
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Fear not, UH fans. Co-Defensive Player of the Year Beau Yap of Kamehameha visited Baylor instead of UH this past weekend. But he is scheduled to visit UH this coming weekend. Yap’s father, Boyd Yap, was associate head coach Rich Miano’s teammate on Kaiser’s 2009 Oahu Prep Bowl championship team, The head coach of that team? Ron Lee, now UH’s offensive coordinator.
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Happy birthday to former Warriors Brandon Eaton and Jared Lene.