Ben Northup, an offensive tackle from Glendora (Calif.) High said he has accepted a 2015 scholarship offer from the Warriors. Here’s what it means:
> On the line: The 2013 recruiting class emphasized receivers; this year’s class focused on defensive backs. It appears the Warriors, with four fifth-year seniors on the offensive line, are seeking blockers for the 2015 class. The Warriors already received commitments from Jordan Agasiva of Mililani High and Eperone Moananu of Tafuna High. Gus Lavaka, who is completing a church mission, also joins in 2015.
> Big time: “I’ve always been a head taller than everyone in my class,” Northup said of his wonder years. “I came into my freshman year of high school around 6-4.” He now is 6 feet 6, and weighs 320 pounds. He said goal is to weigh between 305 and 310 when he enrolls at UH next July.
> TV promotion: The offer had been on the table for weeks. But Northup decided to notify the coaches of his acceptance while watching the telecast of the Warriors’ 17-16 loss to Washington. “I was really impressed with how hard (the Warriors) came out and how hard they fought and how much more physical they were than Washington,” Northup said. “I come from a school where we’re not the best, but our philosophy is we’ll play harder than our opponent. That’s what Hawaii did in that game.”
> Powell power: Defensive line coach Lewis Powell has proven to be an effective recruiter who is well respected on the West circuit.