Warrior football: Sacramento TE commits

Gavin Reinwald, a tight end from Sacramento’s Elk Grove High School, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he has accepted a scholarship from the Warriors.

Reinwald is 6 feet 3 and 215 pounds. He is capable of running 40 yards in 4.62 seconds.

Reinwald and teammate Damario Mclean, who committed to the Rainbow Warriors on Sunday, completed a UH-sponsored recruiting visit the past weekend.

“We love what Coach Rolo and all the coaching staff are doing there,” Reinwald said. “I felt I connected with each and every coach on that team. I really connected with the players. They’ve definitely got a lot going for next year.”

Reinwald played wideout, tight end and safety for Elk Grove. He said he will compete at tight end at UH. He said he hopes to weigh 235 pounds when he enrolls in UH’s bridge session in June.

Reinwald also received scholarship offers from Nevada, Wyoming and UC Davis.

He’s noted for this video: Reinwald TD

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One of the offseason goals is to improve aerobic conditioning for linemen. The idea is to help players excel, at the same 100-percent level, in spurts simulating game tempo.

In this week’s testing, linemen did eight reps of sprint-pushing weighted sleds 20 yards. That equated to the length of an average play. The players’ heart rates were then tracked using monitors attached to their wrist and chest.

Defensive tackle Viane Moala and offensive tackle Kingjames Taylor
Defensive tackle Viane Moala and offensive tackle Kingjames Taylor

Kingjames Taylor and defensive lineman Joey Nuuanu-Kuhiiki
Kingjames Taylor and defensive lineman Joey Nuuanu-Kuhiiki

Viane Moala
Viane Moala

Offensive linemen Kingjames Taylor, Matt Norman and JR Hensley
Offensive linemen Kingjames Taylor, Matt Norman and JR Hensley

JR Hensley
JR Hensley

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With his first name, the assumption is Kingjames Taylor would have a Cavalier attitude. Nope, he’s a life-long Lakers fan.

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Slotback Dylan Collie gained weight — and strength — and now is 180 pounds. He also improved his conditioning. He recently went free diving, where he saw a hammerhead.

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Slotback John Ursua, quarterback Cole McDonald and cornerback Rojesterman Farris II
Slotback John Ursua, quarterback Cole McDonald and cornerback Rojesterman Farris II

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Jeff Hall, associate head coach of Wahine volleyball and head coach of Wahine sand volleyball, arrives at work.


  1. boolakanaka January 19, 2017 11:36 am

  2. amela January 19, 2017 11:49 am

    If Taufa‘asau is only a verbal which means nothing to his dad and another player is available and will give a firm commit they should take Ralph’s scholarship and offer to the one who wants to play for UH.

  3. mileHIwarrior January 19, 2017 11:53 am

    Like Rolo, in ST we trust…. “Taufa‘asau is not going to Washington State.”

  4. kanak January 19, 2017 12:13 pm


    2nd that, IN ST WE TRUST!!!

  5. Ipu Man January 19, 2017 12:18 pm

    For the youngsters on this blog who don’t know the song
    Peggy Lee’s lyrics:
    You gotta have heart
    All you really need is heart
    When the odds are saying you’ll never win
    That’s when the grin should start
    You gotta have hope
    Mustn’t sit around and mope
    Nothing’s half as bad as it may appear
    Wait’ll next year and hope
    When your luck is battin’ zero
    Get your chin up off the floor
    Mister, you can be a hero
    You can open any door
    There’s nothing to it
    But to do it
    You’ve gotta have heart
    Miles and miles and miles of heart
    Oh, it’s fine to be a genius, of course
    But keep that old horse before the cart
    First, you gotta have heart
    We’re so happy that we’re hummin’
    That’s the hearty thing to do
    ‘Cause we know our ship will come in
    So it’s ten years overdue
    So what the heck’s the use of cryin’
    Why should we curse
    Things can only get better
    `Cause they can’t get worse
    And to add to it
    We’ve got heart
    We’ve got heart
    We’ve got heart
    We’ve got heart
    All you really need is heart
    When the odds are sayin’ you’ll never win
    That’s when the grin should start
    We’re so happy that we’re laughin’
    That’s the hearty thing to do
    So we ain’t been autographin’
    ‘Cept to sign an I.O.U.
    We’ve got heart
    Miles ‘n miles n’ miles of heart
    Oh, it’s fine to be a genius of course
    But keep that old horse before the cart
    Who minds those pop bottles flyin’?
    The hisses and the boos
    The team has been consistent
    Yeah, we always lose
    But we’re laughin’
    ‘Cause we’ve got heart
    We’ve got heart
    We’ve got heart

  6. H-Man January 19, 2017 12:30 pm

    I never knew the value of pushing the sled, Now I know. Thanks ST for passing on this information/knowledge and for the pics. Cole McDonald and the other QBs, along with RB Freddie Holly, should make spring practice quite interesting.

  7. BigWave96744 January 19, 2017 3:46 pm

    Rolo, bring back Vili!!!!!!!!!

  8. kalua pig January 19, 2017 4:03 pm

    kingjames taylor is a beast.we will be hearing that name for years.

  9. Buffoman January 19, 2017 4:45 pm

    The marshmallow man, Vili are the past. Time to move on. I think a mascot may be the responsibility of the AD. If not, maybe should be.

  10. kapakahi January 19, 2017 4:57 pm

    Another UH commit…….


  11. Manoa Mist January 19, 2017 5:05 pm

    Gotta love Collie. We were pretty rough on him, called him Roberto Duran “Hands of Stone.” But he’s proved himself, he made some nice plays out there this year and he’s got great potential. Undersized but tough. Plays hard. Nothing sweeter in sports than showing people you can play and you deserve to be out there. Well done son.

  12. Sangamon Keith January 19, 2017 5:40 pm

    Gavin Reinwald of Elk Grove commits to UH … scored 17 TDs in 2016.

  13. Boya_jr January 19, 2017 5:52 pm

    Gavin looks like an awesome pick up.

  14. 808warriorfan January 19, 2017 7:37 pm


    CAN YOU SAY “H-A-W-A-I-I” … ?????


  15. hilosupaman January 19, 2017 8:03 pm

    I always thought Sumo training in the off season would do wonders for the O line and even D. Any chance of them doing some of that?

    Also, I saw that Braden Fehoko is transferring from Texas Tech.. any idea where he is headed?

  16. cappie the dog January 19, 2017 8:09 pm

    Whoever dee-jays the music at UH men’s basketball games, I applaud you for playing “I Can See Clearly Now” at last night’s CSUN.

    I am ready for the next four years.

  17. H-Man January 19, 2017 8:22 pm

    So what’s the skinny on Brendan Fehoko? Why is he transferring? In any case I think the Warriors have a full house at nose tackle.

  18. NotNasti January 19, 2017 9:15 pm

    Gavin Reinwald looks like Greg Salas on video, maybe a tad taller.

  19. pakipark January 19, 2017 9:34 pm

    Gavin Reinwald scored 17 TDs in 2016?!!? I wanna know who’s the QB on that team. That is the main thing on offense – put the ball in the end zone. Touchdown baby! Go ‘Bows.

  20. Stephen Tsai January 19, 2017 10:38 pm

    UH is almost done recruiting. Get on board or call Sallie Mae. Hat game is a solo dance

  21. SpicyMorale January 19, 2017 11:11 pm

    Just started a NCAA 14 Hawaii Dynasty on YT, intro today and then first game Saturday!


  22. bowwar January 19, 2017 11:20 pm

    ST: Arrived home tonight and a recruit from Phoenix, AZ was also on-board with his mom for an “official visit”. I asked him what his position was and it is Offensive tackle. Today is his 19th birthday. The kid is nice, well-mannered, and HUGE! I hope he enjoys his official visit. I heard that Cal Davis and Montana were interested in him…

  23. Kifi January 20, 2017 1:54 am

    #21 – Micah Vanterpool OT 6-5 270 Central High; Phoenix, AZ.

  24. H-Man January 20, 2017 5:14 am

    ST, can you tell us how many recruits have committed to UH to date? I have 18 including two greyshirts (not including Taufa’asau). Do the greyshirts (Ford & Naotala) count for 2017 or 2016?

  25. Akamai Okole January 20, 2017 5:25 am

    Great Morning All!

    The Don of a New Era…

  26. H-Man January 20, 2017 7:19 am

    “Think big and dream even bigger” Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, 2017.

  27. Derek January 20, 2017 7:56 am

    Doesn’t look like we’re going to get a QB, unless a transfer or somebody out of the dark suddenly shows interest. Is Rolo satisfied with what he has in the program?

  28. 808SEC January 20, 2017 8:51 am

    Based on several blogs/websites I have been on, it appears that Hawaii has 18 commits for the 2017 class. Here is who I currently have:

    WR Marcus Armstrong-Brown 6’3 195 JR
    WR Donovan Dalton 6’3 205 FR
    WR Drake Stallworth 6’1 183 FR
    WR Isaia Mullen 6’4 190 FR
    TE Ralph Taufa’asau 6’5 220 FR
    TE Gavin Reinwald 6’3 215 FR
    OL Emil Graves 6’3 275 JR
    OL Eneasi Kavapalu 6’7 310 FR
    DL Jamie Tago 6’3 260 JR
    DL Kalepo Naotala 6’2 275 FR
    DL Josaiah Maama 6’3 240 FR
    LB Penei Pavihi 6’2 220 FR
    LB Kesi Ah Hoy 6’0 195 FR
    DB Manu Rasmussen 6’0 185 JR
    DB Jeremie Dominique 6’1 193 FR
    DB Eugene Ford 6’2 190 FR
    DB Damario Mclean 6’2 185 FR
    DB Akil Francisco 6’1 160 FR

    I understand that a recruiting class usually consists of 25 Scholarship offers. Quick question, with Aaron Zwhalen and Beau Reilly transferring, does that mean Hawaii has 27 scholarships available?

  29. Haleakala January 20, 2017 8:56 am

    808SEC, good job on putting together the list!

  30. madeinhawaii January 20, 2017 8:56 am

    Max initials are 25 per year.
    BUT you cannot exceed 85 scholarship players on the team at any time.
    someone estimated that there were about 65 scholarship players after accounting for all the graduating and end of eligibility players.
    That would mean that there are only 20 or so initials available.
    Andrew Ho is graduating early and leaving the program with a year of eligibility left in search of a graduate school for his Cal teaching credentials. So that might be another one.

  31. Warbow January 20, 2017 9:00 am

    808SEC You can take Kesi Ah Hoy off the list, he de-committed.

  32. Warbow January 20, 2017 9:00 am

    808SEC You can take Kesi Ah Hoy off the list, he de-committed.

  33. 808SEC January 20, 2017 9:17 am

    madeinhawaii, thanks for the information

  34. Stephen Tsai January 20, 2017 9:33 am

    Andrew James Ho was not on scholarship

  35. madeinhawaii January 20, 2017 9:36 am

    Wow.. paid his own way… housing too.. Sounds like he enjoyed his final year, though.
    Wishing him the best.

  36. Stephen Tsai January 20, 2017 9:37 am

    You also can exceed 25 initials if a player is awarded a blueshirt after training camp opens. That player would count toward the following year’s class but eligible to play this year. But that player would have to initially join as a walkon. And there are no guarantees he would be awarded a scholarship.

  37. Stephen Tsai January 20, 2017 9:41 am

    Sometimes people have a year left but feel it’s time to move on. Aaron Novoa could have played in 2016 but he already earned a degree and it was expensive to be a walkon with no guarantee of playing time as Sanchez’s backup

  38. Stephen Tsai January 20, 2017 9:42 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=41179

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