UH football: Talent search

This recruiting period, the Warriors have tried to make a good first — and final — impression.

This is the NCAA’s evaluation period (April 15-May 31) during which an FBS team’s assistant coaches may visit high schools, chatting with coaches, counselors and teachers.

On the first day, April 15, the nine UH assistant coaches and coordinators visited all but one of the 30 Oahu football teams. (An appointment with a school dealing with a tragedy was rescheduled.)

The Warriors then waited until after the final spring practice (on April 29) to hit the road.

During a two-week span, the Warriors visited 486 high schools in California, Oregon, Washington. Arizona, Utah, Las Vegas and Australia.

The plan’s third phase, which began last week, is for the Warriors to revisit every Hawaii high school that fields a varsity football team.

With limited resources, athletic director David Matlin, head coach Nick Rolovich and recruiting coordinator Jason Cvercko deserve credit for the most ambitious recruiting effort in the program’s history.


  1. haka May 19, 2016 7:30 am

    All talented Warriors welcome!
    Go Warriors!

  2. Stephen Tsai May 19, 2016 7:36 am

    The number of mainland coaches on the island is amazing.

  3. Stephen Tsai May 19, 2016 7:37 am

    It’s interesting that Cody vonAppen, who is recruiting Hawaii, is an assistant coach with Northern Arizona.

  4. Maddog50 May 19, 2016 7:49 am

    This effort will have a high yield. Education from many schools aside-a total of 25 scholarships for all schools, the question becomes -Do you want to make the depth chart, just be part of a herd with limited game minutes-me I want to play. The romance is over once the whistle blows in September!

  5. Maddog50 May 19, 2016 7:53 am

    H man, from yesterday’s post, Larry Sherrer was a teammate. He was two years ahead of me but still tells the story of my multiple snap infraction in the Nebraska game. It was only 3! I still get crap over that-

  6. NorthShoreFan May 19, 2016 8:01 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…Bootiful Day!
    Good move by the staff. No reason we can’t be in constant touch (in person or media) with all HS in Hawaii nei.
    Got to malama the talent we have here. It was good to hear of the young ones getting offers too. If you don’t tend to the “garden” the weeds take over…

  7. H-Man May 19, 2016 8:17 am

    The hard work Rolo and his staff are putting into the Hawaii program is simply awesome and very much appreciated. I read in the SA this morning that season ticket renewals are down, but ahead of sales this same time last year. But the key message is a negative. This report on Rolo’s recruiting effort is very positive. Getting some really good players during the shortened 2016 recruiting period like Freddie Holly, Jeremiah Pritchard and Ikem Okeke is such a positive indicator of where Rolo and his staff are taking the program. With a full recruiting cycle, I just know that Rolo and staff, with the effort they are demonstrating, will succeed in securing a very good 2017 recruit class.

  8. Ipu Man May 19, 2016 8:38 am

    If Bernie Sanders’ dream of free college for everyone
    ever becomes a reality, then would the 25 athletic scholarships
    be worthless and all the fuss that go with them…?

  9. Bryson May 19, 2016 8:47 am

    I believe Rolo and Company are laying the groundwork and building relationships for future recruiting classes I love the way the coaches are going about it, I believe it will all pay off in the end…

  10. Bryson May 19, 2016 8:49 am

    I especially like how our Bishop Gorman Pipeline is continuing to grow and hopefully will continue

  11. H-Man May 19, 2016 8:55 am

    MD50, so you got to play against All-American, 1972 Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy winner, DT Rich Glover and the 1971 #1 Cornhuskers. Only three missed snaps; you did good with that guy across from you.

  12. Rodney May 19, 2016 9:31 am

    Why aren’t we recruiting in
    Texas and Florida.Lots of 2nd
    and 3rd tier talented players
    leave their Home state to play

  13. ponojr May 19, 2016 9:35 am

    #12 The distance factor of kids away from family could be an issue with recruiting the east.

  14. Da Punchbowl Kid May 19, 2016 9:50 am

    As meticulous and hard working as Rolo and the staff are with all the other phases of the program, it only makes me more anxious to see how the Warriors will be playing this season.

    Straight A’s so far for Rolo and crew. Keep up the good work.

  15. Buffoman May 19, 2016 10:00 am

    MD 50, was Jim Massey Dr.Shearer’ s running mate, or was that a different time? I too, was in the stands at the old stadium during the period. One of the biggest thrills was being able to see the Grambling marching band perform.

  16. Maddog50 May 19, 2016 10:50 am

    Bill Massey-yes

  17. UHASN75 May 19, 2016 11:25 am

    MD50 & Buffoman, Bill Massey & Larry transferred together from Oklahoma and gave UH a dynamic backfield in 1970. Bill and Larry used to come to some our frat parties and were really nice people. My Farrington HS bruddah, guard Jim Kalili (RIP), blocked for them and made AP Little All-American.

  18. SteveM May 19, 2016 11:49 am

    Re: #15
    I remember watching Shearer and Massey at the termite palace. I thought Shearer was a neat name for a running back, matching his running style. But I remember thinking Massey was a “flat footed” runner. I dunno if he had flat feet, but his running style seemed to have his feet solidly on the ground on every step–making him very difficult to trip up or tackle. Well, that was the impression/description of teenage me anyway. 🙂

  19. ALLAN May 19, 2016 12:23 pm


  20. DON WEIR May 19, 2016 12:34 pm

    Grambling chartered their own 747 for the trip. They filled the plane.
    Coach Eddie Robinson was a great coach and a true gentleman who thanked us for coming down to greet them.
    I hear their drum major, leaning back while marching, could touch the feather on the ground as he led the band.

    Gary Big Hands Johnson blocked out the light in the tunnel to the field.

    Just a little travel down memory lane!

  21. haka May 19, 2016 12:38 pm

    Prayers to Mark Takai and family. Fight the Warrior fight!

  22. cappie the dog May 19, 2016 2:11 pm

    Ipu Man-

    I am one of those “Bernie or Bust” people.

    I am so angry at Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren for not endorsing Sanders. It could have been a game-changer for him.

  23. islandman May 19, 2016 2:25 pm

    Sherrer sheared through the opposing defenses. Seemed like every game he had at least one long TD.

  24. st. anthony trojan May 19, 2016 2:44 pm

    # 18….ALAN…. SECOND THAT MOTION… with emphasis !!!

  25. al May 19, 2016 3:41 pm

    14. So will you watch on the boob tube or actually get your butt in a stadium seat?

  26. Da Punchbowl Kid May 19, 2016 4:03 pm

    #24 butts and boob? You aint the real al. The real al is nice.

  27. Da Punchbowl Kid May 19, 2016 4:18 pm


  28. Old School Dave May 19, 2016 4:29 pm

    I remember back when watching Texas A & I (the Javelinas) with a running back who was 6’2 225, with 4.5 speed, who ran back a kickoff for a touchdown in the inaugural UH game at Aloha Stadium in 1975. Someone called into Larry Price’s weekly radio show asking why UH didn’t have such players. Price’s response was classic and something along the lines of, “You gotta understand dat in Hawaii, we MIGHT get a couple kids who run 4.5 forties, but dey going be something like 5’4 140 lbs.”

  29. legistlature May 19, 2016 4:49 pm

    During a two-week span, the Warriors visited 486 high schools in California, Oregon, Washington. Arizona, Utah, Las Vegas and Australia.
    I’ll take the under rather than the over on this 🙂

  30. legistlature May 19, 2016 4:55 pm

    How long did the Warriors take to visit all of Hawaii high schools?

  31. Maddog50 May 19, 2016 5:19 pm

    Buffoman, Gary “big hands” Johnson, Rich Glover, Dave Pear and Willy Viney of U of P just to name a few-throw in Charles Philyaw of Texas Southern. The head slap was legal which explains a lot! Many memories and a lot of long afternoons practicing against Levi Stanley-Go Warriors!!!!

  32. A-House May 19, 2016 7:25 pm

    I returned from the Army in mid-September 1968 — picked up the Advertiser and saw the sports section saying it anticipated a 20,000 crowd at Termite Palace and quickly asked my new roommate if Kam was playing Punahou — he politely said, “no, it’s UH playing” – I nearly fell down!!!!!!!!

    went to the game and in 1969 began my long story of being a season ticket fan — goodness 47 years cause I already purchased our renewal tickets for 2016 – one year shy of being married to Mrs. A-House!!!

  33. DaveLetterMan May 19, 2016 11:39 pm

    Morning Tsaikos!
    ST, heard Rolo found your wallet. Your mugshot is all over the Twitter universe.

  34. Under dog May 20, 2016 1:08 am

    Don’t over look tevesi toia!! If he can keep his grades up he will be a steal from waialua! Only in 10th grade and is already 6 feet and making some noise!!! Very good athletes under the radar to look out for!!! Related to the barits and coached very well!!!

  35. GovNation May 20, 2016 5:29 am

    Gotta go get Chanllen Faamatau rb/wr and Freedom Alualu fb/lb Farrington High school both kids are academically qualified and ballers. Lets keep the talent home or they will be steals for other Colleges. Go Govs!

  36. Stephen Tsai May 20, 2016 7:39 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=37565

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