Hawaii announces football signing class

18 players sign letters of intent to play football for the Warriors.

HONOLULU - University of Hawai`i Warrior football head coach June Jones signed 18 players in his 2004 recruiting class to letters of intent.

Of the players signed, there are four junior college transfers and 14 freshmen. Three players hail from the Hawaiian islands with nine coming from California, one from Arizona, one from North Carolina, one from South Carolina, one from Maryland, one from Florida and one from American Samoa.

"This recruiting class, at least talent-wise, is the best that we've ever had," Jones said. "It's pretty exciting because some of these kids actually recruited us from the exposure that happened when we beat Alabama and were on national television for the last three games.

"I'd thought that it would happen sooner, but we've never been able to compete on the mainland to get this quality of athletes before. Usually when the big schools came in, we'd never get those kids. But this year, we were able to go head-to-head with some of the big boys and we won. I think the mainland group that we've got coming here is really special and we've gotten most of the local kids that we went after."

2004 Recruiting Class

Keith Ah Soon (OL, 6-2, 265, Fr, HS, Faleasao, Manua Tele, American Samoa/Tafuna HS)

Chris Cole*, LB, 5-9, 226, Fr, HS, Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo HS

Tyler Graunke, QB, 6-0, 180, Fr, HS, Tucson, AZ/Salpoint Catholic HS

Ryan Grice-Mullen, RB/WR/DB, 5-10, 175, Fr, HS, Rialto, CA/Rialto HS (CA)

Taylor Humphrey, QB, 6-0, 198, Fr, HS, Orinda, CA/Miramonte HS

Austin Jackson, DL, 6-4, 270, Jr, JC, Los Angeles, CA/Mt. San Antonio College

Matthew Kirschner, DB, 5-10, 175, Fr, HS, Sherman Oaks, CA/Campbell Hall HS

Fale Laeli, DL, 6-2, 300, Fr, HS, Honolulu/St. Louis School

Turmarian Moreland, DB, 6-2, 195, Jr, JC, Valencia, CA/Los Angeles Valley JC

Andrew Pearman, RB/WR, 5-9, 175, Fr, HS, Charlotte, NC/Providence HS (NC)

Khevin Peoples, LB, 6-0, 205, Fr, HS, Tampa, FL/Blake HS

Bryce Runge, OL, 6-1, 245, Jr, JC, Anaheim, CA/Fullerton College

Brandon Satcher, QB, 6-1, 195, Fr, HS, North Augusta, SC/North Augusta HS

Carl Stokes, LB, 6-2, 220, Fr, HS, Aberdeen, MD/Aberdeen HS

Desmond Thomas, WR, 6-3, 175, Fr, HS, Vallejo, CA/Vallejo HS

Lafu Tuioti-Mariner, DL, 6-0, 275, Fr, HS, Corona, CA/Corona HS

Keala Watson, DL, 6-4, 310, Fr, HS, Nanakuli, Oahu/Nanakuli HS

Lawrence Wilson, DL, 6-1, 300, Jr, JC, Honolulu/Dixie JC

* denotes signed Letter of Intent in 2003

Keith Ah Soon 6-2, 265, Freshman, Offensive Line, Faleasao, Manua Tele, American Samoa (Tafuna HS) Named top high school offensive lineman in American Samoa.

Chris Cole* 5-9, 226, Freshman, Linebacker, Mission Viejo, CA (Mission Viejo HS) Is scheduled to graduate from Mission Viejo High School in California...a three-year starter at defensive line and outside linebacker...named CIF co-Player of the Year and first team all-CIF...also an all-Orange Coast performer...named league (Southern Coast) MVP...helped Mission Viejo to two undefeated seasons (28-0), a CIF championships as a junior and senior...clocked at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash...bench presses 330 ponds and squats 500 pounds.

Tyler Graunke 6-0, 180, Freshman, Quarterback, Tucson, AZ (Salpoint Catholic HS) Set Arizona's state season passing record with 3,372 yards...completed 193-of-300 passes for 38 touchdowns...named Tucson Citizen's high school football player of the year in 2003.

Ryan Grice-Mullen 5-10, 175, Freshman, Running Back/Defensive Back/Wide Receiver, Rialto, CA (Rialto HS) Played quarterback, defensive back and running back at Rialto HS...runs a 4.5 40-yeard dash...made all-county and all-league...ran for 1,155 yards on 153 carries while splitting time between running back and quarterback in 2003.

Taylor Humphrey 6-0, 198, Freshman, Quarterback, Orinda, CA (Miramonte HS) Comes from a long line of quarterbacks out of Miramonte High School that includes Eric Guillon who originally went to Miami (Fla.) and is now at Alabama, Drew Bennett who went to UCLA and is now a receiver with the Tennessee Titans, Adam Smith of Duke, and Ken Dorsey of Miami who is now with the San Francisco 49ers...broke Miramonte's career passing record, formerly held by Dorsey...passed for more than 5,500 yards and 46 touchdowns in his prep career...named regional All-American by PrepStar and section All-American by CalHiSports.com...named to San Francisco Chronicle's all-Metro team...an honorable mention all-league pick...named team's offensive MVP...bench presses 245 pounds and runs a 4.75 40-yard dash.

Austin Jackson 6-4, 270, Junior, Defensive Line, Los Angeles, CA (Mt. San Antonio College) Attended USC out of Serra High School in Gardena, Calif...redshirted his freshman season (2001)...father (Melvin) was on USC's 1974 national championship team and also played for the NFL's Green Bay Packers...played two seasons at Mt. San Antionio College...bench presses 400 pounds...named high school All-American and earned all-CIF honors at Serra High.

Matthew Kirschner 5-10, 175, Freshman, Defensive Back, Sherman Oaks, CA (Campbell Hall HS) Named Delphic League's Offensive Player of the Year after gaining 1,672 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns at running back, and recording 43 tackles and five interceptions at defensive back...also earned first-team all-league honors on offense...earned all-league honors as a sophomore and junior in track, and all-league honors on defense as a sophomore...participated in the long jump, 100-, 200-, and 400-meters,and 400- and 1600-meter relays in track...runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, bench presses 275 pounds, squats 430 pounds, and has a 33-inch vertical jump...also used on kickoff returns.

Fale Laeli 6-2, 300, Freshman, Defensive Line, Honolulu (St. Louis School) Bench presses 390 pounds...was on St. Louis team that won a state title in 2002.

Turmarian Moreland 6-2, 195, Junior, Defensive Back, West Palm Beach, FL (Los Angeles Valley JC) Played two season at LA Valley, started his freshman year at wide receiver and switched midway to cornerback where he recorded seven interception, one returned for a touchdown, in four games...named conference player of the week and the team's most improved player as a freshman...started all games at corner as a sophomore...recorded 38 tackles and had four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns...named first-team all-conference as a sophomore...attended Palm Beach Lakes High School in Florida where he played both football and basketball...made a verbal commitment to Nevada before breaking his ankle playing basketball...also earned third-team all-state honors as a prep receiver...runs a 4.47 40-yard dash and bench presses 275 pounds.

Andrew Pearman 5-9, 175, Freshman, Running Back/Wide Receiver, Charlotte, NC (Providence HS) Touted as the fastest prep football player in North Carolina as a junior...clocked at 4.3 in the 40-yard dash and 10.3 in the 100-meter dash...rushed for 1,600 yards and scored 31 touchdowns (28 rushing) as a junior...is the younger brother of Virginia running back Alvin Pearman.

Khevin Peoples 6-0, 205, Freshman, Linebacker, Tampa, FL (Blake HS) Named honorable mention all-county...runs a 4.4 40-yard dash...ran the 100 meter dash in 10.92...father (George) played for two different teams in the NFL.

Bryce Runge 6-1, 245, Junior, Offensive Line, Anaheim, CA (Fullerton College) Primarily recruited as a longsnapper and blocker on special teams... went to Valencia High School prior to attending Fullerton College.

Brandon Satcher 6-1, 195, Freshman, Quarterback, North Augusta, SC (North Augusta HS) Transferred from Westside High to North Augusta High his senior season...led North Augusta to and 8-5 record and the second round of the class 4A playoffs...named all-area player of the year by The Augusta Chrinocle...threw for 3,300 yards and 37 touchdowns...also rushed for 785 yards...gained 612 all-purpose yards in a playoff game against Richland Northeast.

Carl Stokes 6-2, 205, Freshman, Linebacker, Aberdeen, MD (Aberdeen HS) A multi-purpose player who played both sides of the ball...first-team all state, all-metro and all-county performer as a senior...recorded 130 tackles, two sacks and a blocked punt, and gained 830 yards and scored 13 touchdowns as a senior...recorded 110 tackles, one interception and two fumble recoveries while earning second-team all-county honors as a junior...helped Aberdeen to the state championship by scoring two touchdowns, recording 10 tackles and a blocked punt in the title game...runs a 4.45 40-yard dash and clocked at 10.9 in the 100-meters...also ran track and was a county champion in the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relays...ran the 100- and 200- and 400-meter individual events as well...tabbed as Baltimore's most notable player to watch by The Baltimore Sun.

Desmond Thomas 6-3, 175, Freshman, Wide Receiver, Vallejo, CA (Vallejo HS) Can play both safety and wide receiver...had 39 catches for 740 yards and five touchdowns, and recorded 118 tackles, eight interceptions, and 20 knockdowns as a senior...runs a 4.5 40-yard dash...a two-time first-team all-league all-region pick...named team captain and the team's defensive player of the year as a senior...named team's MVP as a junior...heralded as one of the top receivers on the west coast by Student Sports...carries a 3.7 grade point average.

Lafu Tuioti-Mariner 6-0, 275, Freshman, Defensive Line, Corona, CA (Corona HS) The cousin of former Warrior defensive tackle Tony Tuioti (1996-99)...a three-year starter at Corona High School in California...can play both sides of the ball...bench presses 350 pounds and squats 585 pounds...runs a 5.0 40-yard dash.

Keala Watson 6-4, 310, Freshman, Defensive Line, Nanakuli, Oahu (Nanakuli HS) A second-team all-state pick on offense and defense by The Honolulu Advertiser...played on both sides of the ball as an offensive and defensive lineman.

Lawrence Wilson 6-1, 300, Junior, Defensive Line, Honolulu (Dixie JC) Graduated from Farrington High School in Honolulu before attending Dixie College in Utah where he earned all-league honors as a two year starter...helped Dixie to a 12-1 record, conference championship and the nationals in 2003...a second-team Goodwill All-American at Farrington...also a two-time honorable mention all-state performer at Farrington...prep teammates with former Warriors Lance Samuseva and Vince Manuwai.

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