Former Warriors prep for pro day

by Stephen Tsai on March 19, 2017

“It feels good to run in the sunlight,” said former Warrior rush end Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea, who, along with offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi, spent the past two months training in chilly Bellevue, Wash.

Yesterday, Kema-Kaleiwahea and several former teammates took a test run at Azusa Pacific University’s Dillon Field, where UH’s pro day will be held tomorrow. Fifteen former Warriors are signed up.

Kema-Kaleiwahea is being viewed as a rush end or outside linebacker. Koloamatangi received several follow-up inquiries after playing in an all-star game.

Linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams turned down an all-star game invitation to allow a thumb injury to heal. Garcia-Williams and receiver Makoa Camanse-Stevens trained in Hawaii under Chad Ikei. Camanse-Stevens has a different look. He lost 5 pounds (and now weighs 200), reduced his body fat from 16 percent to 5.09 percent, and shaved his head. “The most important part of the combine is the 40,” Camanse-Stevens said. “It’s all about speed. … Any little edge can help. I’m at the point where I don’t care how I look. I need to perform. It’s about the numbers I put up. If shaving my head is a mental thing where it makes me think I run faster, makes me more aerodynamic, so be it. I’ve got nothing to lose.”

Wideout Marcus Kemp also trained in Hawaii, where he is taking four classes this semester toward his degree in economics.

Cornerbacks Jalen Rogers and Jamal Mayo trained in Houston. “It was good to go somewhere where we didn’t know anybody so we could just dial in,” Mayo said.

Running back Paul Harris said he trained in Ohio and California.

Kicker/punter Rigo Sanchez trained under former NFL kicker Michael Husted in San Diego, participated in Gary Zauner’s kicking combine, worked out with a kicking coach in Chico, Calif., and did whole-body workouts at two fitness centers near his family’s home in Central California. For pro day, Sanchez’s kicking drills will be at Citrus Stadium, where Azusa Pacific plays its home games.

1 H-Man March 19, 2017 at 6:27 am

Really glad to read about these former Warriors’ commitment and ambition to play at the next level. Wishing them tons of luck at tomorrow’s pro day at Dillon Field.

2 islandman March 19, 2017 at 9:17 am

Off-topic, for cappie, Huff has to contend with 6-6 Emily Potter at Utah, all-conference in 2015-16 and honorable mention this past season.

3 SteveM March 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm

ahhh…Pro Day. Good luck to the UH guys!

I was wondering why ST’s FB post said he got searched again at the airport this morning. Football, baseball, and now flying off to UH Pro Day… felt a pang of sympathy but figure flying out might actually be a break after 3 weeks of double duty.

4 Da Punchbowl Kid March 19, 2017 at 12:33 pm

Nice to see so many Warriors trying for the next level. Go get ‘em guys!

5 Da Punchbowl Kid March 19, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Tsai has a body which begs to be touched, SteveM!

6 PONO March 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Good luck to all the guys participating in Pro Day. Warriors represent.

7 kev-1 March 19, 2017 at 6:18 pm

This group actually has good chances of numerous free agent signings. I can see Kemp as a late draft pick based on his productivity for the offense.

8 cappie the dog March 19, 2017 at 8:20 pm

Mike Trapasso recruit Jake Bauers is batting .423 with 4 home runs and 10 runs batted in for the Rays.

Turning pro worked out for him.

I hope Marcus Doi goes on a tear.

On the other hand, Blake Taylor(drafted in the 2nd round by the Pittsburgh Pirates) has been plagued by injuries and was demoted to Rookie ball last year in his fourth season.

Going to school.

Turning pro.

It’s a crapshoot.

9 cappie the dog March 19, 2017 at 8:25 pm

Louisville’s season sleeps with the fishes.

10 Albert Barkley March 19, 2017 at 11:11 pm

Thanks for sharing a video of warriors that I was trying to find on Youtube since many days.

11 Stephen Tsai March 20, 2017 at 8:49 am

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