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Star-Bulletin Sports

Tuesday, February 6, 2001

U H _ F O O T B A L L

UH Football

recruiting class
is complete

Tomorrow is
letter-of-intent day

By Dave Reardon

The Hawaii football coaching staff's recruiting chores are complete for another year with a late run of commitments.

If all 20 players who have made verbal agreements sign letters of intent, the Warriors' recruiting class is complete.

Tomorrow is the first day high school athletes can sign binding letters of intent.

Per NCAA rules, Hawaii coach June Jones cannot talk about specific recruits until then.

But he did say he is happy overall, even though UH has apparently lost out on battles for several highly regarded local prospects after making a clean sweep of the Hawaii homegrown crop last year.

"I feel like we addressed our needs and it's one of our best classes since we've been here," Jones said. "After we get the letters of intent, we can talk more about the individuals."

The latest commitments, secured yesterday, include Isaak Sopoaga, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle from the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif. He chose UH over Texas A&M, Nebraska, Washington and several other major programs.

The native of American Samoa will have two years of playing eligibility at UH.

Also, two high school players from Houston committed to Hawaii over the weekend. They are 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive lineman Brandon Eaton from Worthing High School and quarterback Omega Hogan from Aldeen High School.

The Hawaii recruiting class (pending letters of intent) follows.


Bullet Mike Bass, running back, Corona, Calif.

Bullet Lamar Broadway, cornerback, Corona, Calif.

Bullet Tyrone Brown, athlete, Highland High (Palmdale, Calif.)

Bullet Ikaika Curnan, linebacker, St. Louis School

Bullet Brandon Eaton, offensive line, Worthing (Houston) High

Bullet Jean Elise, cornerback, El Camino College, Calif.

Bullet Donny Faaliliu, linebacker, Los Angeles Harbor College

Bullet Justin Faimealelei, wide receiver, Kaimuki High

Bullet Pesefea Fiaseu, running back, St. Louis School

Bullet Josh Galeai, running back, Palomar College (Calif.)

Bullet Omega Hogan, quarterback, Aldeen (Houston) High

Bullet Mike Holt, offensive line, Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC

Bullet Nate Ilaoa, wide receiver, North Stafford High (Va.)

Bullet Kila Kamakawiwo'ole, wide receiver, Kaimuki High

Bullet Leo Reed, linebacker, West Lake (Calif.) High

Bullet Jeff Rhode, quarterback, Churchill High (Eugene, Ore.)

Bullet Isaak Sopoaga, def. tackle, College of the Canyons (Calif.)

Bullet Hiram Travis, defensive end, El Camino College (Calif.)

Bullet Lokahi Travis, offensive line, Kailua High

Bullet Matt Tupuola, nose tackle, El Camino College (Calif.)

UH Athletics
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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