Commit Impact - Hauoli Jamora

The verbal commitment of Hauoli Jamora could have far reaching implications on just how effective the Washington defensive line is for years to come. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Kahuku native is the first Red Raider to call Seattle home, something that should definitely pay dividends for Steve Sarkisian in his attempt to take over the Aloha State.

Jamora will join Waialua OT Micah Hatchie and Mililani safety Taz Stevenson for sure on Montlake, and 'Aiea DT Lawrence Lagafuaina is expected to reaffirm his commitment to UW shortly before signing day. Jamora's commitment might also have an impact on Kahuku's bookend DE - Kona Schwenke. Schwenke, long a BYU commit, was dropped by the Cougars when he decided to visit Notre Dame.

If Schwenke decides to wait on signing, he could very easily find himself on a post-signing day visit to Seattle. If that happens, the Huskies could go from having no Red Raiders ever to two in the span of a few days.

If all five end up signing with the Huskies, that will mean Sarkisian has signed seven players from Hawaii in two seasons, four more than Tyrone Willingham did in four recruiting classes at UW, and only one less than the rest of the decade combined.

It's clear Sark isn't going to the islands to get a tan.

Willingham's first islander ended up being his best recruit for the 2005 class, and he was nearly an afterthought. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim committed to Washington on January 29th, just days before the first day of the signing period. He came to the Huskies a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end, and left Seattle as Washington's all-time sacks leader.

In talking to Kahuku Head Coach Reggie Torres, you might get a sense of deja vu when he lists off Jamora's special traits. It would be unfair to label him the next DTN before he ever steps on campus, but the similarities in size and intangibles is hard to ignore.

"The number one thing, the foremost thing, is the work ethic," Torres said of Jamora. "He's just a hard worker, that's all it is. He's a hard worker and a committed player - which is even better. He wasn't the best lineman we had; Kona (Schwenke) by far has the best talent. But the difference, he bypassed Kona this year because of his work ethic.

"It didn't come natural. We do ladders and he struggled with the ladders because of his feet. But the more he did it the better he got. It didn't come natural to him. He made himself a better football player."

Torres added that as hard a worker as Jamora is on the field, he also became a better player off the field with his study habits and his work in the film room. In a nutshell, the kid is voracious for anything that has to do with football.

Case in point; 10 sacks in two playoff games this fall against Farrington and Leilehua that helped propel the Red Raiders into the state Division-1 title game.

"That was unreal," Torres said of Jamora's post-season effort.

Jamora broke his hand in that championship game, but it was considered a minor break and even though it required surgery he'll be fine by the time he enrolls at Washington.

"He cancelled his visits, he's committed to Washington," added Torres. "Once he decided on the school he wanted to go to - and Washington, besides BYU, they were the ones that put a lot of interest in the boy - he thanked them for their efforts and said, 'I'm sorry and I don't want you to waste your money; I really want to go to Washington'. He was honest with all the recruiting."

With Jamora in the fold, he joins Redlands (Calif.) REV DE Andrew Hudson as the Huskies' current ends. There's no question they would make room for Schwenke if he decided to come to UW, and having high school bookend DE's would certainly add a dimension they've never had before. The chemistry the two created during their senior season was palpable.

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