UH adds JC back

The paper work  is being processed, and running back Dominique Small is expected to soon join the Warriors. The goal is for Small to gain admission for the July 7 start of Summer Session II. Here’s what the signing means:

> Filling voids: The search for a running back began about a month ago when Aofaga Wily started to consider retirement because of medical issues stemming from a concussion suffered last September. In addition to losing Wily, walk-on Max Broman will not return because of financial reasons. Also, 2014 signee D.J. Riggins, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, will delay enrolling at UH until January.

> Cliff notes: Two decades ago, the UH basketball team recruited a post player with pedestrian stats. But Cliff Beaubrun turned out to be a menacing shot-blocker with an accurate short-to-mid-range jumper. Small, like Beaubrun, is viewed as a talented player who had limited opportunities in junior college. Small played in a rotation in which he carried only 29 times in 2013 (but for an average of 8.1 yards per rush). His first-step quickness and extra-gear speed were evident on video. What sealed the deal was a recommendation from Cerritos coach Frank Mazzotta, a trusted ally of the Warriors. Mazzotta promised Small would be one of the fastest players on the Warriors’ roster. Twice during a session at Cerritos, Small was hand-timed at 4.4 seconds over 40 yards. He also is a sure-handed receiver, a must in UH’s offense.

> Videos: Small highlights

> Backfield in motion: It appears that Keelan Ewaliko, who played nickelback and safety in spring training, will get a shot at running back this coming training camp. Ewaliko, who redshirted last year, was a star quarterback at Baldwin High and rodeo champion.


  1. Inyoface June 26, 2014 7:26 am

    Can’t wait

  2. tommui June 26, 2014 7:33 am


    And a warm welcome to Dominique Small!

  3. leron June 26, 2014 7:47 am

    According to the Mountain West website, the Washington-Hawaii game has been pushed back to a 4:30 start time on August 30.

  4. Shoko June 26, 2014 7:50 am

    Pretty sure his first name is spelled Domonique, According to the Cerritos website, his nickname is Domo. I know sportswriters want to get the spelling of the name correct.

  5. BigWave96744 June 26, 2014 7:51 am

    Is Anguay at RB or SB?
    Best wishes to former walkon RB Max Broman. He was always upbeat at practice and also in the stands on game day.

  6. BigWave96744 June 26, 2014 7:53 am

    Still would like to see if Josh Gonda can get some reps at RB

  7. Stephen Tsai June 26, 2014 8:04 am

    He’s a receiver. But he hasn’t been able to train since having his knee ‘scoped again.

  8. Stephen Tsai June 26, 2014 8:09 am


  9. boya_jr June 26, 2014 8:17 am

    Give Ewaliko the ball.

  10. Mrs. SB June 26, 2014 8:19 am

    Shoko @ #4. The correct spelling is Dominique per Cerritos Football.


  11. Da Punchbowl Kid June 26, 2014 8:25 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 😉


  12. tommui June 26, 2014 8:27 am

    Good morning DPK.

  13. Shoko June 26, 2014 8:28 am

    10. Not according to this Cerritos link.

  14. Shoko June 26, 2014 8:31 am

    I dunno, maybe he changed his name like he did his major.

  15. NorthShoreFan June 26, 2014 8:31 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    Aloha Dominique…Warriors welcome you!..step up make a difference..

    video looks great….just need to make room for him to do his thing…

  16. Duster June 26, 2014 8:37 am

    I’ve always said that Keelan is more suited for the offensive side. He needs to have the ball in his hands. I see him more as a slot, but he has gained some good weight and probably would do fine at RB.

    Welcome to Dominique Smalls. Nice burst.

  17. Da Punchbowl Kid June 26, 2014 8:38 am

    Small looks like a big time get for Warriors!

    Welcome to the Warriors, Dominique!

  18. Da Punchbowl Kid June 26, 2014 8:40 am

    Speaking of speed, it will be interesting to see how Ewaliko shakes out at RB. Wildcat?

    Our RBs look to be one of the Warriors strengths in 2014.

  19. Da Punchbowl Kid June 26, 2014 8:41 am

    Morning Judge! How are you?

  20. jeezy33 June 26, 2014 8:44 am

    Not sure 3rd string JC kid is the answer. Probably should have went for best available RB during signing period for reasons like this. A guy like George naufahu would have been a nice fit considering you wouldn’t change much if Iosefa got hurt or needed breather. St Juste most likely gets the 3rd down reps anyway.

  21. Da Punchbowl Kid June 26, 2014 8:48 am

    Agree Duster! Really nice pop at the line of scrimmage.

  22. jeezy33 June 26, 2014 8:49 am

    And Cerriotos coach supposed to be ally?? Have we had any signee from Cerritos in past 5 years?? The coach states he will be one of Hawaiis fastest players.. my rebuttal to him is how does you know? How many players on Hawaii have you seen play let alone run? If he’s so fast, why didn’t Small play more??
    I mean your top rb signed with Idaho

  23. ArmChairCoach June 26, 2014 9:10 am

    don’t like this, looks like a wasted scholie.

    Iosefa, Lakalaka and DSJ are top 3 anyway. id prefer Anguay and Daniel Lewis over using a scholie on this kid.

  24. Stephen Tsai June 26, 2014 9:15 am

    You can never have enough speed.

  25. Stephen Tsai June 26, 2014 9:15 am

    It should be interesting to see how Ewaliko performs at running back.

  26. Stephen Tsai June 26, 2014 9:17 am

    His Facebook page says Dominique.
    I’ll call him again.

  27. jeezy33 June 26, 2014 9:19 am

    24. Hand timed 40 times might be the most inconsistent measurement ever.. just look at the piaa results… kids running 4.4 hand timed 40s in Hawaii then running 4.6 4.7 electronic after… there is a reason he is available on June and was a 3rd string rb. If Hawaii didn’t offer, he’d probably be in D2 or FCS

  28. jeezy33 June 26, 2014 9:25 am

    In reference that he’s a good receiver… only 2 catches on the season… so can’t really conclude that based on 2 catches… wasn’t even used in 3 games.. and in other games, got 1 carry and 2 carries. Oh well…

  29. Ipu Man June 26, 2014 9:39 am

    Ahhh, putting chips on the shoulders of these young players. Now he will run harder and faster. And catch more passes. Go dynamite Dominique! Go Bows!

  30. Da Punchbowl Kid June 26, 2014 9:50 am

    It will be what it will be. We are in good hands at RB in any case.

    #29 Amen!

  31. markazulu June 26, 2014 10:00 am

    I wonder if they would design plays where Keelan or Joey has an option to throw the ball.

  32. Jason Valentin June 26, 2014 10:06 am

    Bring Will Gregory back!

  33. jeezy33 June 26, 2014 10:16 am

    29. Putting chips on the shoulders of coaches to have better recruiting strategies. JC guys are recruited to start… Not play ST or add depth to a position.

  34. Lowtone123 June 26, 2014 10:24 am

    Beaubrun was a solid role player for the ‘Bows during the Gaines-Cross-Smalls-Bowe-Hallums teams. Phil Lott was a talented newcomer on that squad too.

  35. Papakolei-n June 26, 2014 10:30 am

    I just hope this kid doesn’t turn into another David Griffin, all hype and no game 2 back it up! Small already used up his redshirt, I just hope this gamble pays off for the warriors, definetly should have save the scholie and give Daniel Lewis a shot at RB!

  36. Gmoney June 26, 2014 10:30 am

    Real happy to see Ewaliko get reps with the ball in his hands. Didn’t see much in videos online, but Ewaliko didn’t seem ‘natural’ at tracking the ball or the offensive player.

    It’s certainly a longshot, but wouldn’t mind Ewaliko getting a look at qb. After all, he did tear it up back there in hs. Guess rb is close enough.

  37. gobows June 26, 2014 10:35 am

    Is ewaliko still the fastest in the state?

  38. Da Punchbowl Kid June 26, 2014 10:44 am

    Will Gregory – that’s who I was reminded of watching his film.

  39. Kapaa Warrior June 26, 2014 10:44 am

    Offering a JC kid this late? June 26th and him still being out there without any other D1 offers is questionable as well? He was probably on his way to D2 or NAIA ball then?

  40. Rodney June 26, 2014 10:45 am

    Ewaliko is a Ofensive player period!!!!
    Straight ahead speed!
    We should recruit the interior Ofensive line
    of Cerritos.

  41. Andrew June 26, 2014 10:48 am

    Are there any UH tailgates at the road games?

  42. SteveM June 26, 2014 11:01 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Welcome to Dominique Small.

  43. MattyBoy June 26, 2014 11:12 am

    I’m hoping that Chow gets fired this year. This football season seems like it’ll be such a drag. Again.

  44. Andrew June 26, 2014 11:16 am

    43. So you’re hoping that the football program takes an even further step back and goes even further in the red financially. Glad we have fans just like you..

  45. jeezy33 June 26, 2014 11:27 am

    44. I don’t think any fan hopes that…. But any person that can look at Hawaii from a neutral perspective can see what direction UH athletics in general is heading…. As incompetent as I think Chow is as a HC, I think the issues start at the top with president and AD. Chow would probably make a solid CO still at a program that can attract 5 star kids.. but HC is a different position … I don’t think it’s bad that fans can identify the storm before it actually hits.. if you study what winning programs do or identify what Hawaii did when they were winning, it’s night and day.

  46. man eating apple June 26, 2014 11:34 am

    Is it too early to call Small the 2nd best recruit for UH football this year?

    I don’t hope Chow gets fired, I have nothing personal against him. But I hope UH starts making the moves to be relevant now. That means finding prize recruits that actually play on the field.

    I’ll always remember Chow for recruiting that USC administrator, or whatever she was. Boy, there’s not much memorable about Chow.

  47. markazulu June 26, 2014 11:42 am

    I just have high hopes for Kevin Clune.

  48. SteveM June 26, 2014 11:50 am

    June 26th, 2014 at 10:48 am
    Are there any UH tailgates at the road games?

    Andrew — UHAA and the Letter Winners (re: Don Weir) usually have a pre-party, game day tailgate and sometimes post-game meets. The Tsai-kos might have something too, which is tracked on my 2014 Away Game planner, along with any known UHAA activities and those posted by Don Weir and others.


    BTW, if anyone is planning to attend a road game this year (even tentatively), please post here on the blog and/or email me hotel/tour name info. When Tsai-kos can see who else is going, it should help in get-together planning.

  49. hatakeman June 26, 2014 12:01 pm

    The key moves and acquisitions for this coming season are Kevin Clune and Kurt Gouveia, new Defensive Coordinator and Linebacker’s coach, respectively. Success of the defense will determine what kind of season the Warriors have.

  50. jeezy33 June 26, 2014 12:08 pm


  51. slowpoke June 26, 2014 12:15 pm

    The kid from Maui could have had a year on offense and be one year ahead. Chow should have seen the Manziel model but is always still stuck with the 6′ 4″ qb. Hawaii is not the Pac-12. He can’t or won’t adjust that is why we are where we are.

  52. Andrew June 26, 2014 12:29 pm

    Anyone going to the Colorado game?

  53. Shoko June 26, 2014 12:30 pm

    After an updated APR score, NCAA lifts UNLV’s postseason ban. Of course, this would be a moot issue if they fail to be bowl eligible, which is a distinct possibility.

    “On Thursday, the NCAA told the school that adjustments to the scores over the last fours had raised the football team’s average APR score to 930, which meets the minimum needed to avoid any sanctions.”


  54. Derek June 26, 2014 12:45 pm

    #34. You forgot Beaubrun’s pal from Miami-Dade, Terry Houston. Houston was the better player, but Beaubrun improved a lot during his time at UH. Good memories!

  55. Kapahulu June 26, 2014 12:56 pm

    I actually like the hire of the former USC Administrator. She has Hawaii ties and has worked with Norm Chow at USC in the past. It seems as though Norm Chow has a lot of confidence in her and hopefully she can take care of the off the field issues which could then free up Norm Chow to concentrate on on the field issues. I am sure that is important to him.
    In the past, may of us have accused Norm Chow of trying to do everthing himself and not delegating enough. Little by little, the pieces are starting to fit. Go Warriors!

  56. Kapahulu June 26, 2014 12:59 pm

    From the SA Oline Front Page:

    A consultant hired by the state to study the future of Aloha Stadium has recommended the state “seek opportunities to build a new 30,000- to 35,000-seat stadium on the lower portion of the stadium site.”

    The report, prepared by Foley & Lardner of New York, was unanimously accepted by the Aloha Stadium Authority on Thursday.

    “The purpose of the summary is to provide the Stadium Authority with facts and stakeholder opinions so that we can make informed decisions about the future of Aloha Stadium,” authority chairman Charles Toguchi said.

    “While the summary includes observations and recommendations from Foley & Lardner, the Stadium Authority has not made any definitive decisions regarding the future of Aloha Stadium, as we look forward to analyzing the summary and soliciting feedback from the public.”

    The 50,000-seat Aloha Stadium opened in 1975 and undergone numerous renovations.

    The study said a new stadium could “save the state between $2.4 million and $3.2 million per year in operating expenses alone.”

    The study said a new 30,000- to 40,000-seat stadium, with the premium seating options and other modern amenities could be built in Hawaii at a cost of between $132 million and $192 million (in 2014 dollars), excluding transportation and related infrastructure.

    Toguchi said “it is important that the Authority review and consider comments from the public.”

    The Stadium Authority will host an open house July 10 to allow the public to provide comments on the summary.

  57. Kapahulu June 26, 2014 1:00 pm

    S/B Online

  58. jimmy the lock June 26, 2014 1:42 pm

    As with any recruit it’s all hype until they prove it.

  59. jimmy the lock June 26, 2014 2:05 pm

    Wiggins hasn’t played a minute in prime time but a team of James, Irving, and Wiggins sounds intriguing.

  60. Rodney June 26, 2014 2:14 pm

    Love USC recruit.
    They got any ADs
    or asst ADs to recruit!
    We’re turning the corner
    but this schedule is murderous
    again! Go warriors!!!!!

  61. nutmegger June 26, 2014 2:32 pm

    I like the idea of a new 30k – 35k seat stadium. If it is integrated directly to the rail station it can work. However, the price tag will likely kill it.

  62. WWF June 26, 2014 2:53 pm

    36. and 51.

    Agree that Ewaliko should be on Offense, and not at RB, but QB. He is quicker than Manziel and just as elusive. I thought it was a waste to put Ewaliko on defense with his offensive skills. Now they put him at RB and how many touches will he have buried on the depth chart at RB?

    He needs to be on the field with the rock at QB in a read option spread with blocking backs like Joey and Faalologo in the backfield.

  63. Stephen Tsai June 26, 2014 4:16 pm

    People, people relax. Most people welcome news about new hires/signees. Then there are those who’d grumble about sunshine.

  64. mctruck June 26, 2014 4:36 pm

    I would love to see young Ewaliko given a chance at qb or rb.

  65. d1shima June 26, 2014 5:22 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    Welcome Dominique Small!

    Nice stuff on the video.

    Any chance of getting OG #52 to consider Hawaii over Utah?

  66. DaveLetterMan June 26, 2014 5:57 pm

    Hey ST, what’s the word on David Moala?

  67. oneseason June 26, 2014 6:46 pm

    The new Husky Stadium will seat about 70K and cost $250M. According to the UW website, it is privately financed with $50M in gifts and $200M in 30-year bonds. The website gives a debt servicing plan with about $13M per year coming from “increased” season ticket revenue and new premium seating (split about 50/50). Then another $1M per year or so comes from naming rights. So about $14M/year of extra revenue is needed. By comparison, 20 thousand season tickets at $200 each is $4M total. It will be interesting to see the consultant’s analysis of premium seating income potential, because the maintenance savings ($2.4-3.2$M/year) mentioned in #56 is pretty small compared to the debt cost.

    So assuming a $200M stadium with debt cost of $10M/year for a new stadium with a maintenance savings of $3M/year, the net added cost would be about $7M/year. I think it would be good to consider what a Warrior football program in Aloha Stadium could look like with additional resources like that.


  68. BigWave96744 June 26, 2014 8:04 pm

    Ualesi “Wesley” Sale is currently at Cerritos JC

    BTW, Maybe the reason we didn’t pursue another RB during signing period is because Norm didn’t know the status of Wily’s health and the financial status of Max Broman

  69. kapakahi June 26, 2014 8:14 pm

    If “the lower portion of the stadium site” is a reference to the Lower Halawa Parking Lot, this mainland consultant obviously hasn’t studied the available subsurface geotechnical investigation engineering reports.


  70. Rodney June 26, 2014 8:16 pm

    We got lots of recievers, but Ewaliko
    would be Awsome too!!!!!
    Qb read option scheme too!!!!

  71. al June 26, 2014 9:36 pm

    30,000 seater will drive the pro bowl away for good.
    30,000 seater would not generate enough revenue to bring in and pay for marquee teams. prairie view perhaps.

    30,000 seater would shut the door to any chance of being a part of any superconference tie in. however remote that may be, let alone being kept around by the mwc brethren.
    30,000 seater will start the eventual path to d2 football.

  72. st. anthony trojan June 26, 2014 10:16 pm

    al…. #72….me thinks we are already on that downward spiral to the D-2 path….
    reason are many…but… most of all the attitude of…cutting n cutting by the AD…. close the yellow section…it is the negative thinking that will doom UHAD…shades of Oliver Lee…during the Larry Price time..

    “A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.”

    Three mistakes that I see which was made in the PAST…the concert…a deposit had to be made to save the date etc…subsidize travel…we had to move fast..(donovan paid)…tv deal…we may loose it completely…(not even show courtesy to see ricks proposal) in non of the above…were they willing to “bite the bullet” n do it right…from a business point of view…they had a gun to the head…n did the wrong thing…it wasn’t just the deposit… but how m,any millions in hiring attorneys when called to testify at the legislature…we will pay for travel for how many more years…TV deal is wait n see…very sad indeed…

  73. slowpoke June 26, 2014 10:28 pm

    30,000 seat stadium…..!!!!? Heh!!!. What happens when the RW’s start winning.

  74. Old School Dave June 26, 2014 11:09 pm

    This “study” reminds me of when the state legis said that a 4,000 seat arena would be good enough in the lower campus back in the 80s. Gotta love these “studies.” BTW, who did De mello interview tonight about the downsized stadium?

  75. SteveM June 26, 2014 11:31 pm

    RE: #72
    I see where Al is coming from, and I mostly agree.

    In an ideal world (or state), UH will have it’s own 30-35K stadium in the quarry and keep all revenues.

    Aloha Stadium has to be torn down and rebuilt to a 60,000+ stadium with box seats.

    Where’s the money coming from? I dunno–I did say “in an ideal world”…

    On one hand, the size of a new Aloha stadium should not be based on UH football ticket sales. UH football is just one user….remove them from the equation with their own field. Pro Bowl…maybe. Dare I hope a Super Bowl? What other big time events can we attract?

    On the other hand, maybe a smaller Aloha stadium would suffice. Big name teams will have their guarantee fee regardless of stadium size…it is the home team that hopes to make $$$ by extra ticket sales (this works well in the SEC, but maybe not so much for Hawaii). The real money is the national TV dollars the big name teams would attract playing in Hawaii.

  76. Stephen Tsai June 26, 2014 11:57 pm

    How come the Stadium Authority, not the Legislature or Guv’s office, paid for the study?

  77. Old Diver June 27, 2014 12:11 am

    The state via the stadium authority did pay for the study. Each department pays for it’s own expenses which comes from state taxpayers. Since the stadium is heavily subsidized by taxpayers the study was paid for with tax dollars.

  78. el burro sabio June 27, 2014 12:25 am

    Does anyone remember what they learned in economics class? Okay, I don’t blame you if you don’t because it was very boring, but there were some very important lessons taught in that class that relates to how big a new stadium should be, and the answer is not 50,000 seats.

  79. Darren June 27, 2014 2:09 am

    Demand doesn’t have to be static…find ways to increase the demand. Seems kinda small minded to just cut the supply based on current demand. The population of this island has increased by about 30% from the time the stadium opened, and now we wanna cut stadium capacity by 25%-30%??? That don’t seem to make sense at all. Go big or go home…

  80. boolakanaka June 27, 2014 4:14 am

    72–I am in agreement with AL on all points. In addition, the only thing more depressing than not filling our current stadium, is not filling a stadium that is 40% smaller. While it would certainly create a more intimate stadium, I am not sure about a business model, that decreases capacity, takes on more capital costs, places itself in a very rigid structure to meet long-term dept obligations, and at the same time, hopes to increase total net revenues…. some very large questions on fiscal viability loom.

  81. Brad June 27, 2014 6:06 am

    I think 35,000 would be perfect for now. As long as there is room for expansion. Why build another 50,000 seater when it will be half empty and the stadium has to maintain the extra space that is not being used. Who cares about the Pro bowl. The state can find other ways to make up those millions in tourist spending. Majority of college football stadiums aren’t attending sell outs just tickets sold. When was the last time aloha stadium was full. It hasn’t been from the pro bowl in over a decade and a half.it wasn’t during the greatest season UH had in 2007.

    The current game day experience is not suited for the younger generation that is growing in numbers. There should be wifi throughout the new stadium. Games to play during timeout on the jumbotron using ur smartphones. Definitely need better food vendors. Like I said awhile ago about getting more people in the stands before kick-off. Have a mini concert on a stage on the side that doesn’t have to be broken down before the game. Have local bands that you hear on FM 100.

    As far as getting into the PAC-whatever in the future. One word WIN. You can have the biggest stadium in the world but a consistent 2-10 1-11 team. Do you think they will want you? Back then when they picked Oregon st and Washington st is because they rival Oregon and UW not because of there then 30,000 seat stadiums. Washington state’s Martin stadium is still 35,000 and they don’t fill it. Maybe when they take a Fresno or San Diego st they will take Hawaii to rival them.

    You can generate money with a 35,000 stadium but it’ll take a couple of things to do so.

    1. The report says to have luxury suites for businesses and the wealthy. I believe we have enough corporate sponsors that can fill those suites or at least buy them.
    2. As I said earlier enhance the game experience. HDTV/ and a comfy couch is the killer for low attendance across the country.
    3. Winning product. If UH can be popular again the stadium will be full and then the state can look at expanding.

  82. hatakeman June 27, 2014 7:54 am

    The design should allow for future expansion. So start at 35,000 with an inherent capability to expand to 40,000.

  83. Shoko June 27, 2014 8:00 am

    Get the feeling that the general public wouldn’t be in full agreement with spending 200 million for a new stadium. Not to mention that’s probably an unrealistic cost projection that would inevitably increase substantially if this project were ever to become a reality. But, its a good topic for discussion during the off season.

  84. gobows June 27, 2014 8:34 am


    The uw game was sold out, boise was close to it.

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