Warriors land cornerback

The Warriors have secured a commitment from Upland (Calif.) High cornerback Zach Wilson.

If Wilson’s application is approved, he could enroll at UH for this spring semester, which begins on Monday, and participate in the Warriors’ offseason conditioning program and spring practice.

Wilson is a 2015 Upland High graduate who attended a junior college as a part-time student the past fall semester.

Because his eligibility clock has not triggered, he has five years to play four UH seasons.


> Eugene Ford, safety, Los Angeles University Senior High

> Trey Hoskins, cornerback, Dougherty Valley High (San Ramon, Calif.)

> McKenzie Milton, quarterback, Mililani High

> Netane Muti, defensive lineman, Leilehua High

> Kalakaua Timoteo, wide receiver, Mililani High

> Larry “Tui” Tuileta, quarterback, USC/Punahou School

> Fred Ulu-Perry, offensive lineman, UCLA/Saint Louis School


  1. islandman January 6, 2016 7:33 am

    Lempa looking for DB’s and rush ends, per Stephen in today’s SA.

  2. islandman January 6, 2016 7:38 am

    Edwin Moses’ son Julian plays for Lewis who will be playing in the Outrigger Classic, Wed. to Sunday, per Charlie on the Curran Show. 6-4 OH redshirt freshman
    hit .471 in recent 3-1 win vs. UCSB, with 6 blocks.

  3. cheepono January 6, 2016 7:39 am

    really nice pickup. late qualifier out of high school but had interest from some big programs. was a top performer at one of Nebraska’s camps his senior year.

  4. cheepono January 6, 2016 7:44 am

    offered two long legit tackles yesterday from arizona. rolo really going after offensive tackles this class. something we’ve been missing for many years.

  5. cheepono January 6, 2016 7:46 am

    st…. it’s netane muti.

  6. islandman January 6, 2016 7:48 am

    VB tournament this week is called the “Outrigger Resorts Invitational”.

  7. wow January 6, 2016 7:52 am

    “Tuileta’s decision wasn’t a total shock. The Trojans offered him a preferred walk-on opportunity in the 25th hour. What was jarring, was the manner in which the decision was made.

    Sitting in front of plaque bearing his name as well as the logo for the Rainbow Warriors, Tuileta didn’t make any early indication that the LOI he was signing was to anywhere else but UH. However, after signing his letter of intent, Tui congratulated friends and family, paused for several moments, and then revealed a USC hat from under the table in front of him.”

  8. jm2375 January 6, 2016 8:01 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    islandman – OHI is Thursday, Friday, Sunday. Oceanic, in its infinite wisdom, has deemed the games unworthy of their time and will not telecast the games. 👿 (Harvard was ranked for a few weeks last season)
    Oceanic, over the past few years, has missed several epic matches that were played on Sundays.

    So, see you all at the SSC tomorrow, Friday & Sunday!!


  9. Stephen Tsai January 6, 2016 8:01 am


  10. mileHIwarrior January 6, 2016 8:05 am

    Wasn’t there is early signee out of Cali? Maybe not confirmed yet.

  11. jonj January 6, 2016 8:07 am

    Sat next to mrs. Tuileta on the plane some time ago. She said everything happened so fast. LT was offered a late OV and they offered everything he wanted. BUT still he was committed to UH the day of signing. His father pulled him aside before the signing and asked him if he was sure he wanted UH and assured him if he chose USC they would make it work. And last second he chose USC

  12. uhfan10 January 6, 2016 8:19 am

    What about abe reinardt?

  13. mileHIwarrior January 6, 2016 8:24 am

    #12 DAS HIM!

  14. Arcumfortis January 6, 2016 8:25 am

    I am happy that Tui is coming home. I, like others, did feel a little dissed with the dramatic rejection of UH at the final moment. But this is youth. Top athletes and their families are under tremendous pressure and faced with making life altering decisions. It’s no surprise that sometimes it becomes a little strange. If I was Tui’s father and my son had the opportunity to go to USC I would also try to “make it work.” Could it have been done with more subtlety?…….sure. But for me I am happy he is coming back and welcome him with open arms. He will be a credit to our programs. I can’t wait to see him line up against USC in VB.

  15. Inyoface January 6, 2016 8:54 am

    Seems like Tuileta would be a threat at receiver.

  16. kanak January 6, 2016 9:00 am

    So how will it work with Tui for football? Will he be able to immediately play? And how about the scholarship (FB or VB)?

  17. H-Man January 6, 2016 9:22 am

    Keep the good news coming.

  18. Maddog50 January 6, 2016 9:39 am

    LT a “son of Hawaii” welcome home-forget the past and focus on the now-mentioned earlier Lewis U is 20 minutes from my home-son attends. Going on a golf trip to Fla with a younger friend to Fla he is in Lewis’ BB HOF-Go Warriors!!!

  19. NorthShoreFan January 6, 2016 9:43 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.
    Good to see UH has some cahones to Defend the Rock.
    The bounce backs are great but we won’t see the impact till the following season. Stock the cupboard! Which scholie will Tui be on? FB or VB? Hasn’t played FB for a while.
    Anyhoo, IMUA WARRIORS!

  20. Derek January 6, 2016 9:45 am

    Any highlights for Wilson. There are a lot of Zach Wilson football players out there. What are his measurables?

  21. cocobean January 6, 2016 10:13 am

    Hey Maddog50 did you read today’s article on Lempa talking about his plan for the defense? When I read his quote about pass rushers – “those are the guys you make your money on….”, I immediately thought about you continuously saying UH should put Kennedy in a better situation to rush the passer. I think Lempa will do that.

  22. hitmanhart January 6, 2016 10:37 am

    aloha everyone !! cocobean yes like all good UH defance in past say wags time as DC they would move the noga’s around !!

  23. Old School Dave January 6, 2016 10:52 am

    Looks like former UH D-line coach Lewis Powell has been promoted to the same position at Utah after coaching the TEs last season. Kevin Clune has been named the DC at Oregon State.

  24. Jeezy33 January 6, 2016 11:02 am

    Hoskins is being kept? I was under impression he wasn’t

  25. Old School Dave January 6, 2016 11:17 am

    Current UH Manoa full-time tuition for residents is $5172 per semester. That’s still a lot of money for local families for players who do come home. Showing my age when I can recall when UH used to charge $240 per semester for up to 15 (?) credits.

  26. z January 6, 2016 11:23 am

    Welcome back Larry. For pass rusher go to the north shore.

  27. C-Pop January 6, 2016 11:23 am

    Hawaii defense under previous DC’s struggled badly vs the ground & pound teams especially vs conference teams, SDSU, AFA, to name a few. Be great to have/acquire legitimate pass rushers but any defensive coach knows gotta establish the ability to STOP THE RUN! Solutions: Big physical DTs (Sopoaga types) DEs (Laboy/Alama-Francis types) LBs (Tinoisamoa/Ulbrich types) DBS (Miano safety types/Mouton cover athlete types) big, fast, athletic, strong, great work ethic, would be great if also solid citizens.

  28. Old School Dave January 6, 2016 11:35 am

    Hope that D-Linemen such as Kennedy, Kory, and Kaau have productive off-seasons and can get heathy, along with getting even stronger, quicker, and better for 2016. Same goes with DEs David Manoa and Meffy Kolomatangi.

  29. Bryson January 6, 2016 11:38 am

    We seem to have some pretty good returnees in our Warrior DB Backfield,Alot of youth and athleticism with Nelson and Henderson being the elders of the bunch…Can’t wait to see an attacking D again

  30. Old School Dave January 6, 2016 11:53 am

    Off the wall, but the Kahuku HC should apply for the D-line job at Utah State. USU has now lost 3 (OC – Heupel, DL- Malloe, and DC – Clune) of their coaches to P-5 Schools, and a 4th one (DBs) to Memphis

  31. z January 6, 2016 11:53 am

    Looks like Wilson can play on either side of the los.

  32. jackleg preacher January 6, 2016 12:22 pm

    I am surprised about the Tui return. Not being in the know, I was also bothered about the way the commitment ceremony went down. I think if he returns, he should have to walk on. Besides, someone on here said before that if you walk on and transfer to another school as a walk on, you don’t have to sit out to play. That way, he is available immediately and, if helpful to the team(s), he can earn his scholarship back. Not that this situation was the biggest problem that Chow had, but it definitely set him back with regards to not having another freshman qb that he recruited and raised in his system.

  33. Duster January 6, 2016 12:23 pm

    #20, 6’0″ 175 according to this article.


    Took Algebra II as a sophomore. Assuming he passed.

  34. Duster January 6, 2016 12:24 pm

    Zach Wilson highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3051146/highlights/187496391/v2

  35. kapakahi January 6, 2016 12:24 pm


    Thanks for the info on AI.

  36. kapakahi January 6, 2016 12:25 pm


    What about JC LBs Ngalo & Reinhardt?

  37. Duster January 6, 2016 12:37 pm

    Aloha Stadium turf passes NFL certification for upcoming Pro Bowl: http://www.staradvertiser.com/sports/sports-breaking/aloha-stadium-turf-passes-muster-for-pro-bowl/

  38. bowwar January 6, 2016 12:57 pm

    #32: I agree thoroughly with your assessment. I think with the “manner” that Tui rejected the UH LOI, he should be “allowed” to “walk-on” and “earn” a scholarship. His rejection of the UH scholarship did affect UH not offering another QB a scholarship and thus, the cupboard was affected. I have no problems with Tui being given a VB scholarship, but I think he needs to “earn” a FB scholarship.

  39. bowwar January 6, 2016 12:58 pm

    I don’t think that Tuileta’s transfer to UH should change Rolo’s recruitment of 1 or 2 JC QBs to come at midyear. We need the BEST possible QB candidate running Rolo’s new offense, so having 4-6 candidates is good.

  40. Sangamon Keith January 6, 2016 1:00 pm

    #36 I think Ngalo might be an old Chow commit. Like you I was wondering about him and asked. No comments received. I’m sure ST would have said something.

  41. alwaysarainbow January 6, 2016 1:01 pm

    Glad to hear the new hire for recruiting and recent success. Takes a lot of digging to find the rich ore. The players at high profile high schools get the attention. Would love to see this kid in a Warrior uniform. Plays for a school in Sacramento that got their season suspended due to violence on the field — yet made to the sections with many players suspended. This kid might make a nice bookend to KT. Watched his film and looked like a man playing in a boys league. Liked the way he was even knocking down his own players to get to the QB. Interesting thing is Ramar Crump Jr. (Yes his real name) just started playing football last year. 6’4, 241, aggressive and quick.
    I am not related and do not know the kid, but went to the same HS long ago before heading to UH myself.

  42. bowwar January 6, 2016 1:03 pm

    Glad to see that UH has the cajones to contest the NCAA sanctions and fight for our player’s sake. I still think we should offer “firing” our compliance officer, if she is complicit in the sanctions and whether that will lessen our penalties. Since she is cited in the sanctions, I think she should be held accountable accordingly. Actually, I’m a bit surprised she has not offered her resignation, since it’s obvious the NCAA does not think highly of her actions as the compliance officer.

  43. DaveLetterMan January 6, 2016 1:11 pm

    Tuileta was a preferred walk on. He was a recruited athlete therefore he is subject to NCAA transfer rules. MVB can play right away but football has to sit a year.

  44. mytake January 6, 2016 1:24 pm

    Its wrong to accept Tuileta. He made UH look like yesterdays garbage. Turned down a full ride to be a walk on at “WE ARE SC”. I say let him stay there and pay the $30g per year tuition. Its setting a precedent that local boys can rub their ass at UH and they can still come back. Thats BS. I said it before, all local boys who diss UH should be dissed from local jobs when they come back. Think about that.

  45. ML Warrior January 6, 2016 1:39 pm

    ST, Any word on Tolu Fieeiki, from Fullerton College last year?

  46. Sangamon Keith January 6, 2016 1:42 pm

    #43 would the sitting out be required even though he wasn’t on the SC football team this last year? As I understand it, he quit the team before the season and only played volleyball last year.

  47. Maddog50 January 6, 2016 1:43 pm

    Cocobean-KT with his skills is a moneymaker-buried inside has to dig out-outside in space he has the ability to force or shut off the outside game while creating a thunderstorm for a passing QB/thx

  48. Maddog50 January 6, 2016 1:48 pm

    I did see the article I’m a subscriber and read it every day around 6:30 cst am every day!!!! Go Warriors!

  49. Former UH Athlete January 6, 2016 2:03 pm

    Tui is coming back? Interesting how he’ll fit in. UH has not fared well with transfer QBs that have had to sit out a season. I recall watching his HS FB highlight video and wasn’t wowed, more a product of great teammates at Punahou.

    I think Charlie Wade is the big winner in this transfer. I hear Tui is still pretty awesome at VB.

  50. H-Man January 6, 2016 2:34 pm

    Kapakahi, good question about JC midyear LB Abe Reinhardt. Scout.com shows that he signed the LOI. Maybe that’s why ST has not listed him. Then again……

  51. NotNasti January 6, 2016 2:37 pm

    Larry Tuileta: Gatorade football player of the year junior and senior season. 56 TD, 6 Int. (2012 & 2013). 2014 National VB player of the year. Give him a chance.

  52. DaveLetterMan January 6, 2016 2:43 pm

    He was on the SC football team his first year so his eligibility clock started. He has 3 to play 2 in football and 4 to play 3 in MVB.

  53. Old School Dave January 6, 2016 3:08 pm

    Sometimes, the mainland is not all it’s cracked up to be, nor is it for everyone. Some kids have to find that out, themselves before realizing this. Curious as to what type of financial aid he’s giving up at USC?


  54. Eemore Latofufueimahalo January 6, 2016 3:17 pm

    Yo braddas. Dis ees cool stuff yo. I is happy that local bradda Larry Tafufuuie is coming back. All da boyz be like “the islands suck yo, lets gtfo of here!” And they is rite. They do is sucks! So they make it big on da mainlands. But dis foo tafufufuie decideds to coming back. What a wahine. He needs to stay in da SC. Mahupo out. I go eat pineapple and mayonaise maccorni nao.

  55. Eemore Latofufueimahalo January 6, 2016 3:27 pm

    PS. Where can i is get good coconuts on big island? I have craving.

  56. warriorfan January 6, 2016 3:53 pm

    44. Get over it! he was a high school kid, high school kids do dumb things sometimes, and you don’t know the whole story anyway.

  57. MAKA January 6, 2016 4:06 pm

    Hmmmmm – wonder what Legislature’s take on this would be, from the bibles point of view ????

  58. azwarrior22 January 6, 2016 4:16 pm

    Please don’t be an enabler…let’s keep politics and religion out of this blog.

  59. el burro sabio January 6, 2016 4:23 pm

    Whatever Tuileta’s status is going to be, Rolovich knows how many scholarships are available and it’s his decision. Debate it all you want but it’s not your decision. Maybe this helps to show local recruits that the grass is not always greener elsewhere and encourage them to stay home.

  60. cheepono January 6, 2016 4:35 pm

    rolo is the f@&!?in man! everyone should read his last tweet. he gets it and is not afraid to say it. thank you coach rolo!!!

  61. jm2375 January 6, 2016 4:39 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Remember, men’s vb only gets the equivalent of 4.5 scholarships to be spread around 20+ players. If he gets anything, it won’t be much. I think he’ll have to wait his turn at OH, behind Siki (preseason All-American) and Kupono (National Team member).

  62. warriorfan January 6, 2016 4:55 pm

    Tui Tuileta had better stats starting for USC last season than Fey. If Kupono doesn’t perform better offensively this season he may lose his starting spot.

  63. Boolakanaka January 6, 2016 4:56 pm

    Frankly, I’m surprised at the sharp tone and the pilau attitude some of the posters have towards the actions of a 17 year old. While it is certainly debatable whether he could have handled the situation differently, these are difficult siuations for both the individual and his family.

    If you are going to accept someone into your family, do it with open arms and with the spirit of generosity–not some backhanded punitive action. Welcome sole!!

  64. warriorfan January 6, 2016 5:01 pm

    Having a third outside that would start for most other MPSF teams is a good thing, Fey and Tuileta will push each other like Scott Hartley and Fey did last season. And if UH suffers an injury like Siki last year, someone will be ready to step in with not much dropoff again.

  65. DaveLetterMan January 6, 2016 5:14 pm

    Coach Rolo’s tweet:
    “I like come home coach”
    “Feels so good to be home”
    “I’m homesick coach”
    #defendPrideRockfromdastart #BeSimba

  66. al January 6, 2016 5:21 pm

    Shame, shame…
    Some of the adults here don’t what “live aloha” truly means.

  67. al January 6, 2016 5:30 pm

  68. al January 6, 2016 5:31 pm


  69. Boolakanaka January 6, 2016 5:54 pm

    Tell’um Al!!!!!

  70. kapakahi January 6, 2016 5:57 pm


    Understood that Ngalo committed before Chow then Mason got dismissed……but there’s still a need for LBs…..and Ngalo still has UH ties with S Dany Mulanga (his former Euless Trinity HS teammate).

    Also, Reinhardt obviously has Hawaii ties……but also UH ties with former Baldwin HS teammates Ewaliko & Eldridge.

  71. kapakahi January 6, 2016 6:10 pm

    Don’t blame Tui……who was just following the advice & input from family. Heard that Tui always wanted to come to UH all along.

    Heard was basically the same for Ulu-Perry Jr.

    Can’t blame a local kid for not wanting to let down family…….so will listen & follow along accordingly.

  72. clyde January 6, 2016 6:38 pm

    Heard Rolo in an interview say that if a local prospect they’re recruiting decides to accept a Mainland offer, the staff will treat that player with respect and wish him the best. He wants the relationship between local athletes and UH to be a positive one in case a player is not happy with his choice and later wants to transfer. In that case, perhaps he’ll consider coming home to play.

  73. 3-Prong January 6, 2016 7:02 pm

    This Freddie Holly guy’s got a little bit of a burst. Hope he commits.


  74. 808warriorfan January 6, 2016 9:16 pm

    #44 … “mytake” … don’t know if you have kids or not but I’m sure with your “opinion” your kids, if you have any, made perfect decisions when they were 17 – 18 year olds. JESUS CHRIST brah give the kid a break and be thankful he wants to come home and be a part of “Pride Rock” …

    #54 … “warriorfan” … Aloha and Happy New Year … agree w/ you 100%

    #64 … “al” … so true and so sad … this blog shows how “vindictive” some people can be towards a child and that’s exactly what an 18 year old is …


    Aloha & A Happy New Year to all Warrior Fans … Live Aloha / Play Warrior

  75. Frannyk January 6, 2016 9:26 pm

    Ulu Perry and now Tui? Yes and yes!

    Whenever we realize where our hearts really are….. If now or later…. The main thing should be that our hearts are at rest and peace. Some of us have gone away for school or work but have always known where we belonged. Where our soul was all along.

    I remember working and at school in Cali. I came home to visit, and on the plane, was listening to the Bros. Caz on my iPod. When we were on our approach, they started singing Diamond Head. I started crying. I was home again.

    What an honor to play in front of family and friends. Bring them all back home if they want! Good luck to them, and may it open the flood gates to bring more of them home again.


  76. winning January 6, 2016 9:29 pm

    To #44: Right on! Same for the rest of the guys going away to play and come back looking for a job. As one chinaman friend used to say to us, “Hahd Luck Hahd Luck No mo job already Try wait little while”.

  77. pukalani boy January 6, 2016 9:42 pm

    Welcome home Tui.

  78. 808warriorfan January 6, 2016 9:52 pm

    #44 & $74 … GUESS YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT “BACHI” IS … then next time either of you make a mistake in life I sure hope there are those who don’t forgive you … obviously you both lack a quality if life called …HUMILITY !!!!!

  79. Legistlature January 6, 2016 9:54 pm

    #73 I second that “Yes and yes” on Ulu Perry and now Tuileta

  80. winning January 6, 2016 9:55 pm

    Why did Perry and Tui not sign? Try ask “Florist” Norm chow about his stellar record here at UH.

  81. Frannyk January 6, 2016 10:17 pm


    Please don’t take our Lord’s Name in vain. Thank you.


  82. DaveLetterMan January 6, 2016 10:23 pm

    Rolo tweeted:
    If I wanted to defend #PrideRock, I’d start following @UH_FBRecruits

  83. BigFan January 6, 2016 10:51 pm

    Maybe #44 and #74 are 18 year olds and we got to forgive them for their comments and live aloha. lol.

    Welcome home Tui. Glad to have you.

  84. ai-eee-soos January 7, 2016 12:42 am

    logging in, to test.

  85. cappie the dog January 7, 2016 5:49 am

    If USC wants you, how can you fault a kid for not being tempted?

    Who wouldn’t want to play for the Trojans?

    If he left Hawaii at the alter for Idaho, then I’d be a little upset.

  86. cappie the dog January 7, 2016 6:16 am

    If Barry Bonds ever makes it to the hall, will he be the only ex-Hawaii Islander to reach it?

    I remember Bobby Bonilla. I have no memory of Bonds.

    Tim Raines is a Hall of Famer; Dale Murphy is a Hall of Famer; Jack Morris is a Hall of Famer.

  87. truegreen January 7, 2016 6:55 am

    Don’t forget Tony Gwynn

  88. azwarrior22 January 7, 2016 7:07 am

    This is Warrior blog, not baseball but being a baseball aficionado, I don’t agree that Tim Raines, Dale Murphy, or Jack Morris are HOF’s. The bar has been watered down for election into the hall. They should be dominant in the game, not just good, and meet major milestones as hitters (e.g. 500 hrs) or pitchers (e.g. 300 wins).

  89. Stephen Tsai January 7, 2016 7:52 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=35197

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