Star-Bulletin Sports

Saturday, February 2, 2002


UH Football

UH gets American
Samoa recruit

Star-Bulletin staff

Mel Purcell, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound all-around athlete from American Samoa, accepted a football scholarship from Hawaii today (Friday), sources close to the situation told the Star-Bulletin.

Purcell played several positions at Leoni High School. He will likely be tried at outside linebacker first for the Warriors.

In other UH recruiting news, wide receiver/safety Denny Flanagan of Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison was still in limbo this afternoon.

Flanagan, who had his choices down to UH and San Diego State, committed by phone message to the Aztecs on Thursday and informed the Warriors that he had done so. But before receiving the message, SDSU offered Flanagan's scholarship to someone else, as did UH after Flanagan's call to Hawaii.

Now, with time running down to letter-of-intent day Wednesday, available scholarships are few and far between.

"We're trying to see now if something might be available from Fresno State or Nevada," said Edison coach Dave White, citing two schools that had offered Flanagan earlier.

Kahuku's Mulivai Pula remains torn between Hawaii and Brigham Young. Kahuku coach Siuaki Livai said the all-state running back won't announce a decision before Monday afternoon.

Pula is the only member of the Star-Bulletin's list of the state's top 10 prospects who has yet to make a verbal commitment.

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