Warrior Beat

Expanded coverage of UH football, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Mountain West Conference.

Warrior football: Sacramento TE commits

by Stephen Tsai on January 19, 2017

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 […]


D-lineman to Warriors

by Stephen Tsai on January 18, 2017

Anthony Mermea, a defensive lineman from Vista Murrieta High, has accepted a scholarship offer from the Warriors. He was one of seven to visit the Warriors the past weekend. He said he is 6-3, 305 pounds, and capable of running 40 yards in 5.1 seconds. He will compete at nose or 3-technique for the Warriors. […]

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Warriors work the (very) early shift

by Stephen Tsai on January 17, 2017

The roosters — and, yes, there actually are roosters roaming the UH campus — still were asleep when the first group of Warriors began the offseason conditioning program this morning. Strength/conditioning coordinator Bubba Reynolds has two rules: > If you’re late, you can make it up the next day … at 4:30 in the morning. […]

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Warriors show recruiting reach

by Stephen Tsai on January 16, 2017

The two latest commitments — cornerback Damario Mclean and receiver Ralph Taufa‘asau — showed the Warriors’ persistence and ties in recruiting. Mclean said the Warriors had maintained consistent contact since the end of his junior year. Taufa‘asau was strongly recommended to the UH coaches through a former Warrior. Both players also provide flexibility. Mclean, at […]

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Warriors get commits from corner, receiver

by Stephen Tsai on January 15, 2017

Damario Mclean of Elk Grove High in Sacramento and Ralph Taufa‘asau of Samoana High in American Samoa told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser they will sign letters of intent on Feb. 1, the first day 2017 recruits may put their commitments in writing. “I love Hawaii,” Mclean said. “It’s nice and beautiful. I grew up in Sacramento, […]

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Strong conditioners

by Stephen Tsai on January 14, 2017

On Tuesday, the Warriors will begin workouts under strength/conditioning coordinator Bubba Reynolds, who is in his second year at that position. Reynolds has done an excellent job in developing the players. Here’s an update on the past S/C coordinators for UH football: > Mel deLaura: He was always willing to roll up his sleeves and […]

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Is new Aloha a good buy?

by Stephen Tsai on January 13, 2017

One of the things Hawaii does well is build things. The Stan Sheriff Center is an undeniable success that is well maintained. The Warrior Recreation Center is the best facility on the Manoa campus. The H-3 is the most picturesque drive in Hawaii. And the Hawaii Convention Center is a wonderful complex. But except for […]

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Visiting hours are open

by Stephen Tsai on January 12, 2017

Yep, visiting hours are now open for the Warriors. With the dead period’s expiration at 11:59 last night, the Warriors are free to host and visit recruits through Jan. 29. This weekend, seven or eight recruits are expected to take official UH visits. Then on Sunday afternoon, the coaches will hit the road to recruit […]

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College knowledge

by Stephen Tsai on January 11, 2017

Former UH offensive tackle RJ Hollis will train in Hawaii ahead of the Warriors’ pro day in March. The decision allows Hollis to remain on football scholarship while working toward completing a bachelor’s degree in economics. “1 class left until I graduate,” Hollis texted to the Warrior Beat. Outside linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams, who graduated last […]

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Grateful dead

by Stephen Tsai on January 10, 2017

The NCAA’s dead period for recruiting runs through tomorrow, which, not so coincidentally, is when the American Football Coaches Association’s annual convention concludes. A UH group, led by Nick Rolovich, is attending the seminars in Nashville. The group returns to Honolulu tomorrow. The UH coaches are preparing for this weekend’s visiting recruits. This is the […]

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