UCLA linebacker transfers to UH


Former UCLA linebacker Jeremy Castro will be joining the Rainbow Warriors.

Castro, who is 6 feet 2 and 240 pounds, has officially been accepted into UH.

Castro must redshirt this season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. After that, he will have four years to play four seasons.

Castro signed with UCLA in February 2012 but was ineligible to enroll that fall because he had not met all of the admission criteria. He then earned a qualifying ACT score, enrolled at UCLA this past January, and participated in the Bruins’ spring training. This summer, he decided to transfer.

Castro contacted UH officials. He then sent his application for admission to UH. He was notified of his acceptance yesterday.

Castro was a highly regarded senior at Vista Murrieta high. Scout.com gave him a 4-star rating, according to the UCLA Web site. Rivals.com rated Castro as the nation’s No. 17 weak-side defensive end and California’s overall No. 40 prospect in 2012.

Here’s Castro in action: Castro video

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The Warriors’ offense had its best performance of training camp during yesterday’s trial run at the Aloha Stadium.

Taylor Graham: 11 of 20 for 213 yards and 4 TDs (50 yards and 20 yards to Chris Gant, 50 yards to Marcus Kemp, 31 yards to Keith Kirkwood).

Sean Schroeder: 9 of 12 for 110 yards and 2 TDs (36 yards to Donnie King, 20 yards to Duke Bukoski).

Schroeder also ran 9 yards for a touchdown, with a leap into the end zone. Yes, Schroeder’s surgically repaired back appears to be fine.

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John Hardy-Tuliau is at it again. He blocked a field-goal attempt. Some credit goes to Ne’Quan Phillips, who basically threw a block to open the way for Hardy-Tuliau.

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By the way, the UH receivers are collectively known as “The Freak Show.”

Time to crank out those T-shirts.

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Click on photo for Warrior warm-up chant: 1-2


  1. 3-Prong August 17, 2013 6:24 am

    Good Morning Gang….

  2. 702WarriorFan August 17, 2013 6:25 am

    Welcome Mr. Castro!

    Morning all……

    Slugger – plz chk your gmail ref Sept trip.

  3. Tolkien Wwarrior August 17, 2013 6:26 am


  4. Boya_jr August 17, 2013 6:30 am

    Jeremy thanks for becoming a Warrior. Btw, I just bought my Vegas tix, going to the UNLV game!

  5. Da green mask August 17, 2013 6:31 am

    Hope he doesn’t pull a Mustafa!

  6. 3-Prong August 17, 2013 6:32 am

    Wow, 4-Star 4-Shua!

  7. koakane ip5 August 17, 2013 6:33 am

    morning 808 Jane a good day

  8. koakane ip5 August 17, 2013 6:33 am

    morning 808 Jane a good day

  9. koakane ip5 August 17, 2013 6:33 am


  10. boolakanaka August 17, 2013 6:48 am

    Aloha all—and welcome to the former bruin. We have had great luck with bruins in the past–most notably, Mark Tuinei, but also in my day, Danny Lei, Anthony Edgar, and Bernard Quarles. (much of this was the Tomey pipeline, of either players who had gotten into trouble and/or washed out of the UCLA system, as this was back in the day that squads would stack up scholarship players, just so another team could not get them…eg. USC)

  11. 3-Prong August 17, 2013 6:55 am

    Is Kanoa Leahey for real? Portugese Man-O-War research and conservation? Is this a break in the great Leahey chain of announcing. If so, kind of a sad thing?

  12. 3-Prong August 17, 2013 6:59 am

    Delete question mark…..

  13. Stephen Tsai August 17, 2013 7:06 am

    Kanoa Leahey still will do announcing for OC-16, as well as various ESPN projects. And Leahey & Leahey will continue.

    He moved to Maui last year, and agreed to anchor twice a week at KHON until his contract expired.

    He’s extremely talented.

    Play-by-play announcing is what keeps the Leahey legacy going. He’ll still do that.

  14. RedZone August 17, 2013 7:11 am

    So 1 of 3?

    Maybe 2 of 3?

    Maybe 3 of 3?

    Welcome Jeremy Castro.

    Dick Tomey also brought over Pat Schmidt who was the starting safety at that time. UCLA replaced Schmit with Kenny Easley.

  15. 3-Prong August 17, 2013 7:11 am

    ST: thanks for the Leahey update. That’s a relief. Kanoa is a “natural”. Announcing is literally in his DNA.

  16. boolakanaka August 17, 2013 7:22 am

    14….nice one. And wow, so we swapped out two NFL safeties. Although, Kenny was a seminal player who changed the position, in terms of not only the physicality of play, but as well, the range a safety could have, and still be a force in the box.

  17. kev-1 August 17, 2013 7:28 am

    Wait, what did I miss about Kanoa Leahey?

  18. kev-1 August 17, 2013 7:30 am

    And I must say, after all of my doubts about Schroeder… he is having a nice camp. I am starting to hope that if he is needed, he will be capable.

  19. kev-1 August 17, 2013 7:37 am

    What kind of action is the slot receiver getting this year? Is most of the success on the outside so far?

  20. Cincodemayonnaise August 17, 2013 7:40 am


    Ditto on SS he’s been “quietly” having a good camp, his completion percentage has been hovering at the high 60’s to yesterday’s 9 of 12 performance.

    I wonder if he’s going against the 1st team as Graham is also?

    Chow always preaches accuracy in his system more than attempts. Seems like SS is doing the better job in camp despite Graham being the more physical of the two. Good to see our offense maybe starting to gel a bit…hopefully it’s our offense playing well and not our DB’s going backwards….lol

  21. Pomai August 17, 2013 7:55 am

    Here iit is 12 days before the start of the season and I still do not have my season tickets that was paid for in May??? Not acceptable Mr. Jay

  22. jeezy33 August 17, 2013 7:57 am

    Got a few more possibly coming too

  23. Rodney August 17, 2013 8:02 am

    Thanks coach Chow for newest recruit !!!!

    Aloha to all the players and coaches and

    support staff your hard work is appreciated!!!

    Imua Warriors!!!!!!

  24. kev-1 August 17, 2013 8:04 am

    jeezy . . . transfers?

  25. Bigislandkurt August 17, 2013 8:06 am

    My goodness. Even someone as gullible as me knew that Kanoa was joking when he was harping on the Portuguese man-o-war thing.

    Good morning friends! So good to hear that the offense was clicking yesterday. And all those TD passes? Almost reminiscent of the old days? 🙂


  26. PurpleMaple August 17, 2013 8:07 am

    Looks like either QB can get the job done. Time to focus on the running game a bit. Without it, the passing game will wilt. So ST, what’s happening with the running game?

  27. jeezy33 August 17, 2013 8:11 am

    24. yup… dont guess tho… i dont like posting unofficial things in case it doesn’t happen…

  28. Derek August 17, 2013 8:12 am

    There are a lot of upgrades to be positive. The talent level is better. You have to wonder why Castro left UCLA. Welcome aboard Mr. Castro.

  29. kev-1 August 17, 2013 8:12 am

    Right on.

  30. Last Call August 17, 2013 8:14 am

    don’t you have to do something notable to be a legend ?

  31. Leron August 17, 2013 8:16 am

    One would hope that Graham’s completion % is the result of the defense’s play. Would have to be concerned if the pass game was torching the secondary.

  32. jeezy33 August 17, 2013 8:18 am

    Good to see we got freshman WRs who are potential home run threats…. Future looks bright there…

    Hoping to see Graham get a little more efficient by season completing a better rate of his passes… good news though. Progress is being made

  33. jeezy33 August 17, 2013 8:19 am

    28… He failed a summer school class he needed to be cleared to be eligible… Not sure if it was exactly like Tigi hill situation but similar..

  34. kifi August 17, 2013 8:20 am

    Jeezy. Maybe someone fed up with rain? Or someone tired of eating Katonka? Haha.

  35. haroldwah August 17, 2013 8:22 am

    I was told that we would receive season tickets 1-2 weeks prior to 1st game. Apparently some people were misplacing/losing their tickets when they mailed them out early last year. Hurry up only get 12 more days.

  36. Pukalani boy August 17, 2013 8:25 am

    Welcome Mr. Castro!!!!!

  37. d1shima August 17, 2013 8:27 am



  38. Pomai August 17, 2013 8:28 am

    #35 – thats no excuse, you lose them sorry about that, not our problem…..

  39. Former UH Athlete August 17, 2013 8:28 am

    yeah baby! Chow’s got some tools to work with and he’s itching to showcase them.

    I guess it’s feast or pupus on Grahams stats…. 4 TDs totaling 151yds… 7 other completions for 62yds.

    I’m thinking Castro will slot in the DE position after the redshirt year. UH is deep at LB and Castro was a highly rated DE coming out of HS. If he can add 20lbs over the next 2 years, he’s going to be big enough to hold up against the run play to his side.

    Castro will make up for upper-campus’ f–k up with Naim Mustafaa’s application. Can’t help but briefly think what could have been if Mustafaa and Castro on the field at the same time a couple years from now.

  40. Warrior Dave August 17, 2013 8:30 am

    #21 Pomai,

    Every year it’s the same story. Getting used to getting my tickets a week before the season starts. Makes me anxious because one year someone stole it from our mailbox. Not Ben’s fault but the vendor the Ticket Manager uses.

  41. haroldwah August 17, 2013 8:30 am

    Mr. Pomai-I with you dea. How is it their kuleana.

  42. kifi August 17, 2013 8:32 am

    Watched Kapolei and Mickinley last night. Big, big wow for #98 Kalani Vakameilalo. I sure hope we’re putting on the full court press. Listed at 6-3 300, looks more like 6-4 270. Moves real wel, quick and explosive. Reminds me of a young Taase Faumui.

  43. Warrior Dave August 17, 2013 8:34 am

    #24 Kev-1,

    ST said in a prior post that there was 3 BCS school players talking to UH anout possibly transferring here. Very welcomed news.

  44. jeezy33 August 17, 2013 8:43 am

    42. What year is he?? How did Kapoi look at tackle??

    Watched Kam game… $42 Mika Tafua is a stud… He looks like a young Travis Laboy. Frame, speed, and players physical.. Only a junior and might be the best DE in the state this season.

    Gifford #94 UH Commit looks really good. He looks taller than listed 6-1… He has a long frame and actually looks around 6-3 range. Has a ton of room to grow physically by the time he gets to college. The upside is there. Also caught a TD playing TE so he is versatile enough to play TE or O line one he gets to UH.

    Kalei Meyer #56 is also a rock up the middle. Nevada Commit. Hope UH coaches take another look. He’s not quite Kennedy but he’s not far behind. Real strong, high motor, and is quick… Can play the 3 technique DT in a 4-3 set. Neveda has a steal so far if other MWC schools dont jump in..

    Unfortunately none of the Farrington players made an impact at all… Kamehameha ran at will and dominated the Farrington Line. Was expecting to see more from the Farrington D considering they have a few prospects on it…

  45. Former UH Athlete August 17, 2013 8:44 am

    #28… Totally agree… Overall talent appears to be much better. They are still a young team, with many players of Chow’s two recruiting classes still 1-2 years from hitting their peak.

    June Jones had a pretty good recruiting network and was great at finding the diamonds in the rough. Chow’s recruiting network is far bigger than Jones’. Chow has got players from the southeast and east coast coming in and giving UH a legit chance at getting them.

    I think the program is in the right direction at this point of the rebuilding. The casual fans don’t see the anything other than W-L record. They don’t realize that football programs take years to rebuild after a string of bad recruiting classes. (See Washington St: went to 2 Rose Bowls in 5 years and also had 3 straight 10 win seasons from 2000-2002, then the next coach couldn’t recruit for 4 years and the program has been in shambles once the last of the good recruits graduated).

  46. jeezy33 August 17, 2013 8:45 am

    Also Kamehameha Defense has allowed 3 points in 2 games so far…. Could be a sleeper this season. Cool seeing David Graves on the sidelines involved with the Offense…

  47. d1shima August 17, 2013 9:01 am

    Prep FB in full swing. Big ‘un tonight. Lotsa prospects.

    btw, would be a nice time for UHAD to show da luv to the Noga Ohana.

    Legacy, and all that…

  48. BigWave96744 August 17, 2013 9:07 am

    Wonder if JHT was a little instrumental in Castro coming here.

    Both are graduates of Vista Murrieta High.

    After this season we lose senior LBs Art Laurel, Brenden Daly, Kamalani Alo, Kawehi Sablan and hybrid GDL

    Great pickup

  49. kifi August 17, 2013 9:07 am

    Jeezy, Kapoi looked solid. Ivie that Chow’s staff picks up guys like Kapoi. Good size, decent length. Solid on athleticism and balance. Good frame to get stronger. Can always teach technique. Hawaii has a good O-line coach who was on the cusp of making a few pro bowls. Keep bringing in the long offensive linemen and we’ll be good.

  50. hossana August 17, 2013 9:19 am

    All the naysayers that criticized Chow saying he can’t recruit or wouldn’t be able to recruit because of last yr.’s debacle must be eating crow because since last season, they have had a horde of quality recruits coming in not to mention the transfers and these recruits will fulfill their promise in 1-2 yrs. after this season….the fruits of his labor will be borne out next year, not this year, I repeat, the fruits of his recruiting labors will be borne out next year…this year is to get the players really acclimated as to his system and to what he wants done on the field and in his 3rd and subsequent years, we will see the fruit of his labors so all of you that were complaining that Chow should have be terminated etc…blah..blah..because of last year should pull up your jock straps and shaddup and attend the games and support the team instead of being monday morning quarterbacks……cheers…….

  51. Bugaz August 17, 2013 9:22 am

    I like to see pictures of braddaz on the football team making those 55 gal drums look like ordinary kitchen trash cans.

  52. jeezy33 August 17, 2013 9:23 am

    Eating Crow?? win some games before we can start calling our class legit.

    Auburn also recruits very well and that didn’t mean anything once Cam Newton left…

    No one will know how good the recruit are until the lights come on August 29th

  53. Bugaz August 17, 2013 9:25 am

    Not to mention some potentially good recruits on missions

  54. SteveM August 17, 2013 9:31 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Welcome Jeremy Castro!

  55. Bugaz August 17, 2013 9:33 am

    Just speaking of talent standpoint, and not when the lights come on, we have like 3 true freshmen WRs, 2 True freshmen RBs, a DT, and a DB battling for starting spots/ significant playing time in their first year. I’d say recruiting is better and now these blue chippers seeking transfers here are only going to make things a lot better in the years to come.

  56. Dino August 17, 2013 9:34 am

    sean shroeder seems to have a quicker pass release than graham.

  57. jeezy33 August 17, 2013 9:41 am

    56… I think so too… But I wouldn’t call out people and say they need to eat crow when we need to see what everyone can do first…

    Based on recruiting alone, I would have thought UDUB would be a top 25 powerhouse by now…. But also important to develop and implement into the system…

  58. gobows August 17, 2013 10:10 am

    57 we’ll see if TG can take the pounding that SS took. 55% is not exactly a good day.

    hmm, all those long td’s, was it more good offense or bad defense…

  59. Independent Thinker August 17, 2013 10:16 am

    Good news re the o. What about Higgins, st? Did chow even allow Higgins any snaps? Practice qbs are not the same as game time qbs like Higgins.

  60. d1shima August 17, 2013 10:21 am

    57 we’ll see if TG can take the pounding that SS took.

    Let’s hope not!

  61. d1shima August 17, 2013 10:25 am


    Only 2 more Saturdays of NASCAR, golf, bowling, and competitive horse hurling on TV…


  62. Rodney August 17, 2013 10:33 am

    #51 amen

    Support the team!

    It’s all about the process!

    Having a bigger budget!

    Where getting their!

    Our Chow fun time will come!!!

  63. JLO August 17, 2013 10:37 am

    ST can u resend that to my timeline I couldn’t open it and I’m very excited to see it! Cracked up on your Haka comment about lip sincing haha, I agree with Al the Haka would be very cool if done facing all 4 directions of crowd and right before game starts gets everyone pumped up and like you said very impressive when you see it close up. Thank you

  64. PolyMom August 17, 2013 10:40 am

    Norm Chow is doing his magic. Things keep looking better and better in the recruit department.

    Best news today.

    Mahalo to the folks who sent pics to us yesterday from the stadium. Very much appreciated.

  65. Slugger August 17, 2013 11:03 am

    Good morning, gang! (Well, barely…)

    Welcome, Mr. Castro!

    Looking forward to watching the Freak Show! Love those guys. Stay healthy, my friends…


  66. tommui August 17, 2013 11:03 am


    Welcome Mr. Castro!

  67. NotNasti August 17, 2013 11:03 am

    According to ST’s article this morning, two of Graham’s incompletions were wide open “drops” by Gant to begin the scrimmage. So maybe the 55% not as bad as it appears. Would have been 65%.

  68. welcome808 August 17, 2013 11:12 am

    so if our passing game is looking good, any news on the running game?

  69. Kekoa August 17, 2013 11:17 am

    Enjoying the morning practice with The Warriors out here at Hickam.

    Me, BG, Wafan, and the SailorBlue crew are here scoping the sights & sounds!

  70. Kekoa August 17, 2013 11:17 am

    Enjoying the morning practice with The Warriors out here at Hickam.

    Me, BG, Wafan, and the SailorBlue crew are here scoping the sights & sounds!

  71. al August 17, 2013 11:23 am

    kekoa…jeezies there could be one watching from his truck. 😉

  72. al August 17, 2013 11:25 am

    an incompletion might also be attributed to a route run wrong by a freak.

  73. al August 17, 2013 11:28 am

    so the warm up chant was merely a “ha” that was lacking the “‘a” or “ka”.

    right? i hope not to replace the ha’a or haka, shame otherwise.

    ?…nuff sajd

  74. Jeezy33 August 17, 2013 11:39 am

    73.. Ha ha not going today.. Better to watch during work time..

  75. Inyoface August 17, 2013 11:42 am

    Is the haka played out or is it now a UH tradition? I’m starting to wonder myself, all I know is just win.

  76. gobows August 17, 2013 11:50 am

    during jj’s tenure, Hawaii received a 15 yd unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for doing the haka before a game.

    does anyone know if that bs rule is still enforced?

    2 drops, and i guess 0 int’s as well for TG, since none were reported.

  77. 76south August 17, 2013 12:13 pm

    No mentions of Ammon Barker. Any word on how he’s playing?

  78. kev-1 August 17, 2013 12:54 pm

    If anyone watches MMA . . . Waianae’s Max Holloway is fighting Conor McGregor right now. I like Max, but this kid McGregor looks like a beast.

  79. RedZone August 17, 2013 1:30 pm

    Maybe when a freak score they should play this song.


  80. d1shima August 17, 2013 1:34 pm

    Kekoa, et al,

    So wat da scoops from practice? Or lunch?

    (Whichever was better… 😉 )

  81. Ipu Man August 17, 2013 3:04 pm

    Plenty of football today, just watched Arizona and Cowboys and now

    Green Bay Packers and Saint Louis Rams…Channel 5.

  82. boolakanaka August 17, 2013 4:14 pm

    Yes, indeed, choke games today, so anyone who was feeling deprived the last 7 months or so, your time has come. One player I have been taking an extra long glance is the honey badger or Tyrann Mathieu, for a guy who was off an entire year, and did 225 ,only 4 times, at the combine…..he is just a natural player. Makes awfully decisive breaks at the ball, gets into top speed at about his 3rd step, very deft foot work, and has incredible swivel in his hips—which is so key for a db.Maybe one of major steals at the draft…my one problem, is that his a bit small to do all “the force” work in the alleys at safety at 183 pounds….but hey, he looks like a straight playmaker…and I have a friend that works at one of the performance centers in AZ, he says that he consistently runs in high 4.4s, so that can make up for a lot.

  83. Bryson August 17, 2013 4:24 pm

    Gotta say I was impressed by Kamehameha’s DLine and Oline they beat Farrington off the ball on both sides…Kamehameha looks dangerous this season also saw David Graves making his OC-16 coaching debut..

  84. laulau head August 17, 2013 5:40 pm

    All I gotta say is CHEEEEHOOO!!!

    Oh and BEAT USC!!!

  85. UKU@LA August 17, 2013 8:12 pm

    Wea my tixs!

    Ready 4 leave already!


    MANEO !!!

  86. mo808 August 17, 2013 8:36 pm

    Good Evening Folks

    Only 12 more days to BEAT USC!

    No tickets yet, but no sweat…still, Happy, Happy, Happy! 🙂

  87. mo808 August 17, 2013 8:37 pm

    Welcome to the R B Warriors, Jeremy Castro!

  88. iwonderwhytheyhateme August 17, 2013 9:23 pm

    Not gonna even mention the transfer’s name. I don’t want to jinx it and have Naim Part Duo so I will welcome that guy when I see him in a Hawaii jersey.

  89. mo808 August 17, 2013 9:27 pm

    IWWTHM: Good point! :-).

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  91. d1shima August 17, 2013 10:23 pm

    New #1 in HS FB

  92. al August 17, 2013 10:51 pm

    89 and 90…o ye of no faith.

  93. Red raider for life August 17, 2013 11:05 pm

    Just lettin the warrior nation know that Xavier Crawford just showed up this past week at Kahuku. He’ll be playing for the red raiders this season, so sorry for any other teams who might have thought Kahuku was weak this year. In tonight’s game 7 stayers sat out plus 13 more players on grade check, but hey it’s preseason, football is here! Btw Mika Tafua is the best de next year, and he’s my neighbor in Laie, hard to say where the talent lies on Oahu!

  94. Red raider for life August 17, 2013 11:08 pm

    Sorry, Xavier is a four star safety/ corner that runs. 4.43 at the sparq combine. Also played with the elite team Aiga with Larry tuileta, you tube him…

  95. kapakahi August 17, 2013 11:28 pm


    Yup…..saw OLB #5 Ramseyer and OL #60 Barenaba-Setoki on the sidelines…..along with a dozen or so of their Red Raider teammates…..not suited up tonight.

    BTW, nice new unis…..with the American flag on the back.

  96. kapakahi August 17, 2013 11:30 pm

    Figures to be a pretty competitive 3-horse race this coming ILH season.

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  99. d1shima August 18, 2013 6:23 am

    Great Morning All!

    11 more wake-ups….

  100. d1shima August 18, 2013 6:24 am


  101. kev-1 August 18, 2013 6:43 am

    “Upon Kalaepohaku’s rugged slope,

    Saint Louis High School with her noble aim . . .”

    Sorry. Just celebrating a nice win by the Crusaders last night. That looks like a very good football team.

  102. wafan August 18, 2013 6:53 am

    Good morning!

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