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Twenty-six sign with Warriors; recruiting class ranked 2nd in WAC

Ipulasi Eselu Ipulasi Eselu
Tuulauena Lolohea Tuulauena Lolohea
Calen Friel Calen Friel
U.H. Manoa Head Football Coach Greg McMackin U.H. Manoa Head Football Coach Greg McMackin

By Mike Cherry - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - While more than a hundred kids statewide committed to a variety of sports from the division one to the division three level, no other sport gets coverage like college football.

The Warriors got commitments from 26 players Wednesday. 13 come from the state of Hawaii and 23 are coming straight out of high school.

Eleven of the future Warriors play on the offensive side of the ball and 15 on the defensive side.

Among UH's top priorities were linebacker and defensive line, where the Warriors lost a combined 12 players from last year's team.

"Why did you pick Hawaii, what was the deciding factor?" Hawaii News Now asked several of the recruits.

"The reason why because I was raised here and I just want to stay home and play ball. Just want to play for my school...home school," said linebacker Ipulasi Eselu.

"I got to talk with coach McMackin and got to sit down with him and he's just a great guy. I like his whole thing about how he wants to keep the local kids home. And just imagine if all the good local Hawaii players stayed home and UH would be awesome. So hopefully we can start that here this year," said linebacker Tuulauena Lolohea.

"I had a lot of schools and too many people telling me what to do and just had to make this decision," said defensive end Calen Friel.

"You glad to get it over with?" asked Hawaii News Now.

"Yup," Friel laughed.

"We've got six guys right now who want to come to the University of Hawaii. I don't have scholarships for them," McMackin said. "The days of if you don't get something on the mainland, you can always come back to Hawaii. Those days are over. Those days are over, we're passed that. We're recruiting big time players because we want to win."

While it takes a few years to truly know what we'll see from these recruits, scouting services like Rivals.com have already graded Hawaii's incoming class and have it as the 2nd best group in the WAC.

UH is right behind Fresno State and above Fiesta Bowl champ Boise State.

San Jose State, Utah State and Idaho aren't listed here but they're at the bottom.

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