The word on the Boulevard is that a 2007 Saint Louis School graduate now at a school in Berkeley is seeking to transfer to Manoa.
The defensive end, who is 6 feet 7, has requested — but has not been granted — a release from his football scholarship.
If he were to transfer, with or without a release, he would have to redshirt this coming season, after which he would have three remaining seasons of eligibility.
But he’s a great athlete (think of a more polished Ikaika Alama-Francis at this college stage) with good footwork (he played basketball for the Crusaders, too) and excellent DNA. His sister, also a basketball player, was named to the 2008 Hall of Honor.
Did I give enough clues?
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Christian Siania, a recent ‘Iolani School grad, has a dilemma. He has received an offer to play for Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn, although he would like to remain in Hawai‘i. Lambuth is an NAIA school that has applied for NCAA Division II membership.
Siania would have to change positions. Listed at 5 feet 9 and 195 pounds, he played on the defensive line for the Raiders. He has been competing in unsupervised workouts against UH players this summer.
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For those who asked, several incoming freshmen are indeed participating in the offseason conditioning program. Here’s Saint Louis’ Geordon Hanohano:
And, of course, Paipai Falemalu has been a regular to 7-on-7 drills. Falemalu has demonstrated quickness in pass coverage.
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Slotback Rick Taylor is back in town after spending the past several weeks training in Florida.
Taylor’s situation is intriguing. Earlier in the year, he suffered a shoulder injury that prevented him from participating in spring training.
Taylor and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow are Nease High School alumni. (Taylor is the only player to have caught passes from both Tebow and Colt Brennan.) Taylor’s father, Ken, was an assistant coach on the staff.
Taylor started his UH career as a gray shirt. To fill his time during the fall semester, he served as a Nease assistant coach, helping to chart and analyze the offensive plays.
It would be a nice homecoming if Taylor can make the UH travel roster for the season opener against Florida.
Last year, wideout Greg Salas unsuccessfully sought a change from jersey No. 36. Salas’ wish was granted in spring training when he claimed departing Ryan Grice-Mullins’ No. 1. Taylor designed this shirt, which he wore to yesterday’s workouts, in support of Salas. That’s wideout Dylan Linkner serving as Vanna White:
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I guess there’s some sort of a party tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Special thanks to the organizing committee: Kekoa, Jesse James,
The Twins, Koakane, BG, the Addahknows, Wreckneyz, SteveM, Gigi, Stretch, LizKauai, Peaches and everyone else I missed. (Sorry, I’m old.)
Kekoa offers these tips:
1. We will be checking each person as they enter for their RSVP listing and issue their name tag. Those who owe money will be told how much and why.
2. Each attendee receives a door-prize ticket; additional ones may be purchased separately with a $20.00 max, just to make it fair.
3. Product glassware are available for sale, wih all proceeds going to the UH Foundation. T-shirts and lei are also on sale.
4. There will be heavy pupus available, but please be considerate when partaking of the food.
5. Listen for the door-prize announcements throughout the nite.
6. Above all…have fun!