Sione scores Hawaii offer

Hawaii continues to pursue Louisiana prospects under the direction of secondary coach Daronte' Jones, who offered East Ascension RB Sione Palelei this week...

Hawaii defensive back commit Daniel Lewis from New Iberia (La.) hooked Sione Palelei up with Coach Daronte' Jones.

"(Lewis) gave me the number to call Coach Jones," said Palelei, who was getting geared up for a Friday afternoon track meet. "Coach Jones said I can come out to Hawaii, get reps right away and show off my talent.

"He asked if I had interest and said he would offer if I did. Coach Jones said I have a unique running style with acceleration and power; they can definitely use me."

Palelei affirmed his interest and gratefully accepted the offer, his fifth overall (joining Utah, BYU, Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech).

"Daniel Lewis is cool," Palelei continued. "He's a good guy I'd like to get to know. I like Hawaii. I want to come out and see the campus for myself; see what schools fit best for me."

Arkansas is now showing interest.

"Their running backs coach told me he's new and said I can be a threat running and catching the ball," Palelei said. "He asked about me and wants to get to know me better."

Palelei is running in the 4 X 100 today at Dutchtown. He's 95% due to a slight injury that will prevent the crowd from seeing a rematch of Palelei and Dutchtown WR Corey McBride in the 100 meters.

"(McBride) barely beat me last time," Palelei said. "He's tall with that long stride and lean."

The 6-foot-2 McBride is has been regularly clocked in the 4.35 to 4.37 range.

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