Warriors Sign 20 New Members to Team

HONOLULU - University of Hawai`i head football coach June Jones announced National Letter of Intent signings at a press conference this morning.

A total of 20 players have committed to play for the Warriors in 2005. "I feel very good about this class of kids in all aspects, from athletically to character and being that they are from all over the country," Jones said. "We are still very committed to going after the best athletes out there, but we got a little side tracked this year because we had some immediate needs to fill and I feel like we did that." Of the 20 signings, seven have come from local high schools, fulfilling a commitment to local recruiting Jones made when he took the post in 1999. "I think we got everyone that we wanted locally," Jones said. "One guy that we were hoping was going to stay got away, but overall we feel like we accomplished everything that we wanted to and feel very good about our local recruits." The roster includes seven players on offense and 11 on defense, and two who could play on either side of the ball. Jones signed four players on the offensive line, four on the defensive line, four linebackers, two in the defensive secondary, and three slot or wide receivers. In addition, three players are listed as multiple position player, including Kirk Alexander (DB/WR), Mario Cox (RB/LB), and Johon Fonoti (DL/LB). For the first time since arriving on campus in 1999, Jones did not sign a quarterback, after signing at least one in each of the previous recruiting classes. "We have a lot of young kids that are going to be players," Jones said. "We are going to sort it out in the spring and proceed along that way, but I'm very confident in the kids we have on campus." 2005 Football Signings Name (Pos, Ht, Wt, Yr, Exp, Hometown/Last School) Kirk Alexander, DB/WR, 6-4, 217, Fr, HS, Altadena, CA/Pasadena HS Mario Cox, RB/LB, 5-11, 231, Fr, HS, Oakland, CA/McClymonds HS Solomon Elimimian, LB, 6-1, 220, Fr, HS, Los Angeles, CA/Crenshaw HS John Estes, OL, 6-3, 280, Fr, HS, Stockton, CA/St. Mary's HS John Fonoti, DL/LB, 6-3, 237, Fr, HS, Honolulu/Farrington HS Tomi Halai, DL, 6-4, 245, Jr, JC, San Francisco, CA/College of the Canyons Raphael Ieru, DL, 6-4, 330, Fr, HS, Honolulu/McKinley HS Marquez Jackson, WR, 5-8, 150, Fr, HS, Gainesville, GA/East Hall HS Daniel Johnson, OL, 6-4, 270, Fr, HS, Sammamish, WA/Skyline HS Aaron Kia, OL, 6-4, 268, Fr, HS, Mililani, Oahu/Mililani HS Richard "RJ" Kiesel-Kauhane, LB, 6-1, 210, Fr, HS, Aiea, Oahu/Aiea HS Laupepa Letuli, OL, 6-4, 265, Fr, HS, Torrance, CA/North Torrance HS Antwan Mahaley, WR, 6-4, 200, Fr, HS, Carson, CA/Carson HS Erik Pederson, DB, 6-1, 195, Fr, HS, Palos Verdes, CA/Peninsula HS Brashton Satele, LB, 6-2, 240, Fr, HS, Mililani, Oahu/Word of LifeAcademy (Pac Five) Rocky Savaiigaea, DL, 6-3, 290, Fr, HS, Ewa Beach, Oahu/Aiea HS Siave Seti, DL, 5-10, 315, Jr, JC, Long Beach, CA/West Los Angeles College Blaze Soares, LB, 6-1, 225, Fr, HS, Kaneohe, Oahu/Castle HS KayBrin Stevenson, DB, 6-0, 170, Fr, HS, Chandler, AZ/Chandler HS Michael Washington, WR, 5-7, 160, Fr, HS, Aliquippa, PA/Aliquippa HS Kirk Alexander - DB/WR (6-4, 217, Fr., Altadena, CA/Pasadena HS) A two-time first team all-league (Pacific League) safety...recorded 113 tackles, 10 sacks, eight forced fumbles and four interceptions as a junior...recorded 125 tackles at cornerback, safety, linebacker and defensive end as a senior...can also play wide receiver...runs a 4.8 40-yard dash...has a 37-inch vertical jump...received an invitation to represent California in the Down Under Bowl in Australia...also lettered in track and basketball...carries a 3.7 cumulative grade point average. Mario Cox - RB/LB (5-11, 231, Fr., Richmond, CA/McClymonds HS) Named first team all-area (Bay Area) by the San Francisco Chronicle and made the Top 20 "Cream of the Crop" list in the Contra Costa Times as a running back...a three-time all-league selection as a linebacker...rushed for 1,225 yards and 25 touchdowns, and recorded 105 tackles, 20 TFL, 8.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and four interceptions as a senior...runs a 4.56 40-yard dash...bench presses 300 pounds and squats 520 pounds. Solomon Elimimian - DB (6-1, 220, Fr., Los Angeles, CA/Crenshaw HS) Had 125 tackles, nine and a half sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one interception as a senior...named all-league, city, area, and region...runs a 4.56 40-yard dash...chose UH over California, Fresno State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Iowa State...the younger brother of former UH all-WAC cornerback Abraham Elimimian. John Estes - OL (6-3, 280, Fr., Stockton, CA/St. Mary's HS) A two-year starter at center...named the league's Lineman of the Year, first-team all-section (Sac-Joaquin), first team all-Northern California, third team all-state as a senior...also named Lineman of the Year by the Stockton Hall of Fame...a two-time all-area selection by the Stockton Record...also won the San Joaquin Athletic Association and Sac-Joaquin Sub Section Discus Championship as a junior, and finished sixth statewide as a junior...chose UH over Utah State, Boise State, and San Jose State. John Fonoti - DL/LB (6-3, 237, Fr., Honolulu/Farrington HS) An OIA East Division honorable mention selection as a senior...run a 4.7 40-yard dash and power cleans 245-pounds...played in the HUD Goodwill Classic and named Defensive Player of the Game in the Samoa Bowl. Tomi Halai - DL (6-4, 245, Jr., San Francisco, CA/College of the Canyons) Helped College of the Canyons to the junior college national championship in 2004...named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the title game...also named second team all-conference (Western States Conference)...chose UH over Michigan State. Raphael Ieru - DL (6-4, 330, Fr., Honolulu/McKinley HS) A second team all state selection as a senior...will move to defensive line for the Warriors...bench presses 225 pounds 22 times...also lettered in basketball...chose UH over Arizona State. Marquez Jackson - WR (5-8, 150, Fr., Gainesville, GA/East Hall HS) Named second team all-state...caught 52 passes for 848 yards and five touchdowns as a senior...also the starting point guard on the nationally ranked basketball team. Daniel Johnson - OL (6-4, 270, Fr., Sammamish, WA/Skyline HS) An all-state (Division 4A) and first team all-county (King County) selection in 2004...also named King County Lineman of the Year...invited to play in the East/West All-Star Game...named the top lineman at the Gatorade Strongman Challenge...team co-captain as a senior...helped Skyline advance to the state championship and co-division title in 2004...chose UH over Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. Aaron Kia - OL (6-4, 268, Fr., Mililani, Oahu/Mililani HS) A first team all-state selection as a senior...named team's most valuable offensive lineman...guided the Trojans to the OIA West Red Division championship as a junior and senior...started in the HUB All-Star game...team captain and team's most outstanding paddler as a junior...also qualified for State Swimming Championship (50-freestyle) meet as a sophomore. Richard "RJ" Kiesel-Kauhane - LB (6-1, 210, Fr., Aiea, Oahu, Aiea HS) A first-team all-OIA West Red Division selection as a senior...a second team all-state pick as a senior...bench presses 225 pounds 22 times...runs 4.6 40-yard dash...chose UH over Tulane and Idaho...carries a 3.4 cumulative grade point average. Laupepa Letuli - OL (6-4, 265, Fr., Torrance, CA/North Torrance HS) Recorded 42 knockdowns and did not allow a sack in 2004...named league's Offensive Player of the Year as a senior...also a first team all-CIF and all-league (Pioneer) as a senior...named first team all-area by the Daily Breeze...team captain as a senior...also lettered in track (shotput)...chose UH over Oregon State, Utah and Boise State. Antwan Mahaley - WR (6-4, 200, Fr., Carson, CA/Carson HS) Caught for 442 yards and four touchdowns as a senior...a first team all-league pick as a senior and second team selection as a junior...named the team's Most Improved Player Award as a junior and senior...played tight end as a junior and wide receiver as a senior. Erik Pederson - DB (6-1, 195, Fr., Palos Verdes, CA/Peninsula HS) Named league's Defensive Player of the Year (Bay League) and first team all-CIF as a senior...as a defensive back, recorded four interceptions and 10 PBUs and, as a running back, gained more than 1,000 yards and scored 11 touchdowns his senior season...runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. Brashton Satele - LB (6-2, 240, Fr., Mililani, Oahu/Word of Life Academy/Pac Five) A two-time all-state selection and three-time all-league selection...runs a 4.6 40-yard dash...played in the HUB Goodwill Classic as a senior...also earned three letters in both track and baseball...named first team all-league in track as a senior...a two-time league championship in the discus...won state discus championship as a senior...also a tewo-time all-league selection in basketball...a scholar-athlete...son of former UH linebacker Alvis Satele and former UH volleyball player Lee Ann Satele (Pestana)...chose UH over Oregon State, Utah and Notre Dame...is the cousin of current Warriors Samson and Hercules Satele, and Melila Purcell. Rocky Savaiigaea - DL (6-3, 290, Fr., Ewa Beach, Oahu/Aiea, Oahu) A first-team all-state pick and OIA West Defensive Player of the Year selection as a senior...recorded six sacks, four quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two PBUs as a senior...chose UH over San Diego State, Utah and Idaho. Siave Seti - DL (5-10, 315, Jr., Long Beach, CA/West Los Angeles College) Bench presess 225 pounds 25 times...chose UH over San Jose State and Fresno State. Blaze Soares - LB (6-1, 225, Fr., Kaneohe, Oahu/Castle HS) A three-time all-state selection...also named OIA East Defensive Player of the Year...bench presses 405 and 225 pounds 17 times...runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. KayBrin Stevenson - DB (6-0, 170, Fr., Chandler, AZ/Chandler HS) A two-time all-conference pick (5A Fiesta Region)...also earned four letters in track...finished fourth statewide in the 110m hurdles and set regional record in the 110-meter hurdles (14.2) as a junior...also a member of the 4x400 relay team...runs a 4.4 40...chose UH over North Dakota and Northern Colorado. Michael Washington - WR (5-7, 160, Fr., HS, Aliquippa, PA/Aliquippa HS) Hampered by an injury during his senior campaign, but had 17 catches for 341 yards and five touchdowns...as a defensive back named all-state (class AA) by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as a senior...helped Aliquippa to the AA State Championship as a junior, with 22 catches for 723 yards and 14 touchdowns at receiver, 11 interceptions on defense, and scored two touchdowns on special teams...a member of the National Honor Society and ranked sixth in his class...chose UH over California and Bowling Green.

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