The Warriors have emerged as the early leaders in the recruiting competition for Aiea defensive tackle Lawrence Lagafuaina.
Lagafuaina said he told the UH coaches: “I’d love to be a Warrior.”
But he stopped short of making a firm verbal commitment. That could come after he takes a recruiting trip to the Manoa campus. The earliest official visit can’t be made until after Sept. 1.
Lagafuaina’s stock is rising because of his size (6 feet 1, 315 pounds) and athletic ability (he plays basketball for Na Alii, and is one of the state’s top competitors in the shot put).
Lagafuaina has been on the varsity each of his first three years at Aiea.
“He was mature for his age,” Aiea coach Wendell Say said. “We expect a big season from him.”
Lagafuaina has strong ties to UH. His cousin is Maa Tanuvasa, a former UH defensive tackle.
Aiea’s defensive coordinator (Mika Liilii) and defensive line coaches (Nalei Cox, George Noga and Ed Ripley) are all former UH players.
Lafafuaina said he has received scholarship offers from Washington, UCLA, UNLV and Wyoming. He has drawn interest from California and Oregon State.
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Colt Brennan has fame, fortune and the love of a good state.
But there’s one thing missing in his life …. Stephanie Lum’s autographed picture.
A few years ago, he received her autographed picture from a KHNL reporter. But then the since-departed Compliance Guy ruled that the autograph was considered to be a perk not available to every UH student.
Colt had to give back the picture.
Now that he is a pro player and UH graduate, Colt, who is here through July 23, said he would like a new autographed picture.
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Here are the autograph sessions for Colt Brennan and Davone Bess:
• Sat, 7/11/09 11am-1pm @ Pictures Plus, Maui Marketplace 270 Dairy Road, Kahului, Maui, 808.893.0632
• Sun, 7/12/09 2-4pm @ Barefoot League Clothing Company, Avenue Shops at Safeway, 880 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, 808.734.0200
Limited Edition T-shirts will be on sale exclusively at both events and the Barefoot League Clothing Company Store.
$30 for men’s and women’s. $25 for keiki L and XL only.
(Colt Brennan autograph not included with shirt purchase)
Limited stock of mini helmets also available for purchase (autographs not included)
Presale tickets for Colt Brennan and Davone Bess autographs and photos can be purchased at www.picturesplus.com.
For more information, visit www.picturesplus.com or www.barefootleague.com.