The Rainbow Warriors have added all-state center Kaiwi Chung of Kamehameha Schools and cornerback Jamal Mayo of Laney College. Here’s what it means:
> Filling needs: Cornerbacks and offensive linemen topped the 2014 recruiting wish list. Even though signing day was in February, the Rainbow Warriors continued to build the 2014 roster. Mayo is fast (he ran track at Oakland’s Skyline High), productive (10 interceptions in 18 JC games) and highly recommended (UH coach Norm Chow and Laney coach John Beam are good friends). Chung was considered the best prep lineman in the state last year. He received the most votes among offensive linemen in the Star-Advertiser’s all-state selections. He will boost an o-line that had only 10 healthy players available for the spring scrimmage.
> Why they’re available: The early offers, from schools such as Missouri, poured in when Mayo was projected to earn an AA degree in December 2013 (after three semesters), making him eligible to join an FBS school this past spring semester. But Mayo needed a fourth semester at Laney. He will earn an AA this month and, if all goes according to plan, will join the Warriors this summer with three years to play two UH seasons. Chung does not fit the prototype. He is considered to be undersized — some estimate he is sub-6 feet; others put him at 72 inches. But he is tough, freakishly strong, and technically sound. He has impressed staff at football clinics the past couple of years.
> Impact: UH’s philosophy is JC players aren’t recruited to stand on the sideline. Mayo will compete for playing time in the cornerback rotation. Chung is projected as a four-and-done player. He is not expected to redshirt, and will compete on the o-line and special teams.