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Here's proof that Hawaii has football talent to spare - Sports

There are 51 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Dec 14, 2008, titled Here's proof that Hawaii has football talent to spare - Sports. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

But the competition was very strong. A few years ago when Cav was still the University of Hawaii offensive line coach he mentioned some stud high school linemen on the Big Island.

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ChinaDrew

Zhuhai, China

#1 Dec 14, 2008
Get the 'da Free trip' going. Send all these star prospects to da mainland for their junior year in high school. Make sure its' during winter.
Once they've been there and 'enough of that.. freezer, mashed potato, i'm not a bra', they can commit to da home team.
k-hill menehune

Aiea, HI

#2 Dec 14, 2008
kahuku breed will continue to journey all over and make a name for themselves. I'm proud to be a Red Raider. Born and Bred in the Sugarmill's Main camp. Our football heritage will live on for life.
Call Me Mister

Kaneohe, HI

#3 Dec 14, 2008
Hawaii has always produced good offensive lineman...Mark Tuinei(DALLAS) and Jesse Soupolu(49ERS). Both won many many superbowls combined and played with some real legends. We need more kids like them to stay home. Like Obama says...all things are possible.
alice

Maunaloa, HI

#4 Dec 14, 2008
locxals generally do not do well against mainland comeptition
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#5 Dec 14, 2008
Truth is that we in Hawaii are not that good. Or we would be winning games and going to a good BCS bowl at the end of the year!
fauxalice

Mililani, HI

#6 Dec 14, 2008
make huhu. make believe she no stay. ahh.
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#7 Dec 14, 2008
Here's how UH Quarterbacks rate against mainland Quarterbacks!

Here is a list of Quarterbacks either playing or being recruited in 2009 from the best to the worst:

Possibly committing to the University of Hawaii, and will likely be coming here, if a number of conditions are satisfied. Among them are (1) if Coach McMackin saved enough football scholarships for Patrick and a few other players of his caliber. And (2) if the fan's in Hawaii want him. You've got to make noise people!

Patrick Nicely
Pro-style quarterback
Willoughby (OH) South HS
Ht: 6-foot-4
Wt: 205 lbs
Forty: 4.67 secs
Bench reps: 12
Vertical: 29 inches
Shuttle: 4.56 secs
GPA: 3.8
Class: 2009 (High School)
Rivals.com Rating: 5.7
Position Ranking: 18th Pro-style Quarterback in nation
Jim Hofher, Bowling Green Recruiter
Jim Bollman, Ohio State Recruiter
Lester D.K. Chow, recruiter, doing this on his own accord on behalf of the University of Hawaii and on an informal and casual basis may likely be Patrick Nicely's agent, depending.

Committed to Boise State:
Joe Southwick
Southwick, Joe
Pro-style quarterback
Danville (CA) San Ramon Valley
Ht: 6-foot-1 (Events)
Wt: 178 lbs
Forty: 4.71 secs
Vertical: 28 inches
Shuttle: 4.63 secs
Class: 2009 (High School)
Rivals.com Rating: 5.6
Position Ranking: 23rd Pro-style Quarterback in nation

Committed to Fresno State:
Derek Carr
Pro-style quarterback
Bakersfield (CA) Bakersfield Christian
Ht: 6-foot-3
Wt: 200 lbs
Forty: 4.8 secs
Class: 2009 (High School)
Rivals.com Rating: 5.6
Position Ranking: 29
Position Ranking: 29th Pro-style Quarterback in nation

Committed to Houston:
Drew Hollingshead
Pro-style quarterback
Rockwall (TX) Heath
Ht: 6-foot-3
Wt: 190 lbs
Forty: 4.81 secs
Class: 2009 (High School)
Rivals.com Rating: 5.5
Position Ranking: 38th Pro-style Quarterback in nation

Committed to Louisiana Tech:
Doak Raulston
Pro-style quarterback
Fort Worth (TX) All Saints Episcopal
Ht: 6-foot-1
Wt: 181 lbs
GPA: 3.6
Class: 2009 (High School)
Rivals.com Rating: 5.5
Position Ranking: 40th Pro-style Quarterback in nation

Committed to the University of Hawaii:
Corey Nielsen
Pro-style quarterback
Cerritos (CA) Gahr
Ht: 5-foot-11
Wt: 185 lbs
Forty: 4.6 secs
GPA: 4.0
SAT: 1800
Class: 2009 (High School)
Rivals.com Rating: 5.5
Rank: 41st in nation Pro-style Quarterback
Recruiter: Rich Miano

Playing for the University of Hawaii:
Greg Alexander
Pro-style quarterback
Santa Rosa (CA) Santa Rosa J.C.
Ht: 6-foot-5
Wt: 240 lbs
Class: 2008 (Junior College)
Rivals.com Rating: 5.5
Rank: unranked

Playing for the University of Hawaii:
Inoke Funaki
Position: QB
Height: 5-11
Weight: 190
Class: Junior in 2008
Hometown: La`ie, O`ahu
Previous School: Kahuku HS

Committed to the University of Hawaii:
Cayman Shutter
Pro-style quarterback
Honolulu (HI) Punahou
Ht: 6-foot-1 (Events)
Wt: 180 lbs
Class: 2009 (High School)
Rivals.com Rating: 5.4
Rank: Unranked

Committed to the University of Hawaii:
Kiran Kepo'o
Dual-threat quarterback
Honolulu (HI) Iolani
Ht: 6-foot-2
Wt: 220 lbs
Forty: 4.65 secs
Class: 2006 (High School)
Rivals.com Rating: 5.2
Rank: Unranked

Committed to the University of Hawaii:
Brent Rausch
Pro-style quarterback
Palm Desert (CA) College of the Desert
Ht: 6-foot-4
Wt: 190 lbs
Class: 2008 (Junior College)
Rivals.com Rating: 4.9
Rank: Unranked

Committed to the University of Hawaii (2007):
Shane Austin
Position: QB
Height: 6-0
Weight: 200
Class: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Previous School: Rio Mesa HS

Committed to the University of Hawaii (2008):
Steele Jantz
Position: QB
Height: 6-3
Weight: 205
Class: Freshman
Hometown: Nevada City, CA
Previous School: Nevada Union HS
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#8 Dec 14, 2008
I spoke to both Patrick and his father and both said that they would be willing to commit to Hawaii. I asked them to wait until they got my letter, before committing to Coach McMackin.

I spoke to Coach McMackin about two weeks ago in person at the University of Hawaii and he said that he was very much interested in Patrick Nicely.

Patrick Nicely's father was stationed at Pearl Harbor in the US Navy. I and three generations in my family worked at Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard. We are US Navy people.

Tim Nicely, on Saturday Nov 22, 2008, said: "I would love for my son to play at Hawaii considering that I was stationed there in my military years."

"I was stationed in the Navy at Pearl Harbour and would truly love to have my boy play football at Hawaii..."

"He is the real deal. Nobody works harder than my son. Good luck recruiting him..."

Tim Nicely
Mentor, OH
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#9 Dec 15, 2008
If McMackin says "Yes!" and he has enough full football scholarships available, the following players may be coming to Hawaii:

Patrick Nicely
Pro-style quarterback 18th best in the nation
Willoughby (OH) South HS
Ht: 6-foot-4
Wt: 205 lbs
Forty: 4.67 secs
Bench reps: 12
Vertical: 29 inches
Shuttle: 4.56 secs
GPA: 3.8
Class: 2009 (High School)
Rivals.com Rating: 5.7
Position Ranking: 18th
http://www.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp...
http://www.rivals.com/viewrank.asp...
http://rivals100.rivals.com/viewrank.asp...
http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-foot...

CHRIS FIELDS
Wide Receiver 16th best in the nation
Painesville (OH) Harvey
Ht: 6-foot-0
Wt: 181 lbs
Forty: 4.4 secs
Class: 2009 (High School)
Rivals.com Rating: 5.9
Position Ranking: 16th
http://rivals100.rivals.com/viewrank.asp...
http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-foot...
http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-foot...
http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-foot...

JAMES JACKSON
Wide Receiver 29th best in the nation
Grand Ledge (MI) Grand Ledge
Ht: 6-foot-0
Wt: 175 lbs
Forty: 4.31 secs
GPA: 2.85
Class: 2009 (High School)
Rivals.com Rating: 5.8
Position Ranking: 29th
http://rivals100.rivals.com/viewrank.asp...
http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-foot...
http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-foot...

Deondre Powel
Wide Receiver
Cerritos (CA) Gahr
Ht: 5-foot-8
Wt: 160 lbs
Forty: 4.5 secs
Class: 2009 (High School)
Rivals.com Rating: 5.5 (About)
Position Ranking: NR
http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-foot...

Billy Ray Stutzmann
Wide Receiver
Honolulu (HI) St. Louis
Ht: 6-foot-1
Wt: 160 lbs
Forty: 4.5 secs
Vertical: 30 inches
Class: 2009 (High School)
Rivals.com Rating: 5.5
Position Ranking: NR
http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-foot...
http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-foot...
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#10 Dec 15, 2008
The UH system is four wide receivers, if you don't have the talent, then the system will not work and it's just not worth it for good players to commit to Hawaii!

Every receiver has their own favorite quarterback. Some guys are friends with each other and may not play as hard for another. So, when you recruit a good quarterback, it is to his advantage to also recruit someone from his homestate.

The quarterback that you see above is the perfect person to help the University of Hawaii maintain its leadership position in the WAC and even challenge BCS teams and possibly win a BCS bowl game at the end of the year!

The two Ohio Wide Receivers are among the best in their class. Yet, June Jones's system is a four wide receiver system. All of the above receivers are needed to play as a team!

June's method is the same as USC's they play the best man. That means that the other quarterbacks will not likely see very much actual game time!

Patrick's roots come from his dad, who was stationed in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard, where my grandfather worked, my father worked, and I also worked.

If you look at Boise State, Fresno, and Louisiana Tech, they are recruiting better than Hawaii. If this trend continues, then out of the nine teams in the WAC, Hawaii may be ranked third, fourth, or fifth in the coming years!

Have you guys been keeping up with all of my postings in the Topix NCAA Hawaii Football Forum? If you did, then you know what I am talking about!
http://www.topix.com/forum/ncaa/hawaii-footba...
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#11 Dec 15, 2008
New developments!

1. I have not heard from Coach McMackin regarding the recruitment of Patrick Nicely. I asked him if he was interested in having Patrick Nicely play for Hawaii. I told him that Patrick is rated as the 18th best Pro-style Quarterback in the nation. I could see Coach McMackin desire to get him or someone ranked as high as Patrick at that moment as Coach McMackin's quiet and subtle feelings (emotions) showed in his face and facial expression. Sometimes, when a thing looks too good people are sceptical.

In my telephone conversation with Patrick and his father they said that they wanted and were willing to commit to Hawaii. So, what's Coach McMackin waiting for!

2. Patrick Nicely just received offers from Ohio and Akron. My offer to Hawaii is far better, in fact superior, to whatever the Bobcats or Zips have to offer.

The longer a person waits, the less of a chance of commitment.
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#12 Dec 15, 2008
I wrote to Coach McMackin today and I am hoping for a reply by Monday.
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#13 Dec 15, 2008
I am going to jan-ken-po with Funaki and if I come up with water to his stone, I am going to win!?
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#14 Dec 15, 2008
I know and believe in Coach McMackin. What's the hold up???
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#15 Dec 15, 2008
And by the way, we don't really have talent to spare. In order to compete at the level at which June has brought this program and at the level at which McMackin wants to coach, we need the above-mentioned players. Local Hawaii football sports writers need to refocus and see the bigger picture. This applies to Hawaii fans too!

I could see the eagerness in Coach McMackin's eye as well as his bridled restraint!

Go Warriors!
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#16 Dec 15, 2008
Four Wide Receivers! Playing defense without the run and shoot is not the same as playing with it!
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#17 Dec 15, 2008
I'm waiting to jan-ken-po with Funaki!
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#18 Dec 15, 2008
Hawaii is 7-6 with its defense alone and no run and shoot program going into the Hawaii Bowl as a 1.5 point favorite against Notre Dame. WOW!

I have the greatest admiration for Notre Dame as I have been following their program for the past five years.

Can you folks, fans, in Hawaii imagine what Hawaii will be like with Head Coach and Defensive Coach Greg McMackin and a real run and shoot program next year!

With a good quarterback coach and a good offensive coach, Patrick Nicely is going to learn a lot! And be so happy that he made the decision to come to Hawaii to play.

With an excellent football program and wide receiver's coach Chris Fields and James Jackson are going to learn a lot.

The UH is a good academic school, where a football player can get a good education in most any major specialty.

That's all it takes. Cheating and finagling will not build a program, but honesty and how you treat people will.

7-6 by our defense alone and going to a bowl game against Notre Dame is not only exciting, but a token to Defense Coach McMackin's ability, honesty, and integrity. Based on this year's record, I fully support Coach McMackin's efforts!
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#19 Dec 15, 2008
In the past, we used to recruit all of these two-star players and the newspapers would do big write-ups about them as if they were superstars!

Coach June Jones changed everything and now we are in the big time. Ranked in the Top 25 in 2007 and playing in a BCS bowl against the likes of Georgia!

Fans, sportswriters, and coaches need to change with the times!
lchow

Honolulu, HI

#20 Dec 15, 2008
Coach McMackin is a good coach and for him to have the kinds of players that he needs to run the run-and-shoot made him salivate before my very eyes. No kid you!

I have a world of confidence in him.

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