Allen Sampson, a receiver/kick returner from Plant High (Tampa, Fla.) told the Warrior Beat he has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors.
“I know a lot of people go to Hawai‘i for the scenery and weather, but I fell in love with the program,” Sampson said.
Sampson, who is 5 feet 8 and 155 pounds, said he can run 40 yards in 4.38 seconds. A scout timed him at 4.39 seconds.
Last season, he caught 56 passes for 867 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 31.6 yards per kickoff return and 14.18 yards per punt return .
Plant is a two-time state champion.
* * * * *
The thing about a last memory is it becomes a lasting memory.
UH’s season-ending loss to Wisconsin was bad, but it was magnified because it reminded many of the season-ending losses to Notre Dame and Georgia.
With months to stew, Warrior fans sought hopeful news that was supposed to be supplied through recruiting. But because most of the 2010 recruiting class was formed in the summer of 2009, there were fewer available scholarships for December and January. It also left UH fans wondering if the Warriors were being left behind with the recent news of local players making Mainland plans.
Pass rusher Beau Yap’s commitment provided a much-needed boost for the Warriors and their fans. It also served as a reminder that the Warriors have a potentially good recruiting class, which should get even better when the last few commitments are announced before Wednesday’s signing date.
The overall quality of this class won’t be known for a few years. But, for now, the Warrior fans have another reason to look forward to the start of the 2010 season rather than to the end of the 2009 season.
* * * * *
When this blog started, Wena used to watch me typing away at all hours. She called the blog readers my “imaginary friends.”
And to casual visitors of the blog, they would appear to be that way.
Da Punchbowl Kid. Gigi. Jason. James. Al. Darren. …
But as the months went on, I had the chance to meet many of the bloggers in person. We ate together. We sang together. And we chatted. Often about UH football, but mostly about what matters to all of us: friendship, family and food.
Our blog readers are real people with real jobs and real lives. The Mayor even said he’s a lurker.
And somehow my imaginary friends became a real family.
Today, we say goodbye to one our loyal bloggers — Long Time UH Fan.
Fred Pang was a wonderful man with a great family. I remember when I delivered a prize to his house. Fred and his wife kept trying to give me a bag of goodies. I kept saying “no,” they kept insisting. When I got home, Wena asked: “Why are you coming home with more stuff than you left with?” That’s the thing about this blog. My contribution pales in comparison to what the readers offer.
We’ll always miss you, Fred.