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February 7, 2002

Warriors Winning Battles Off The Field

Two months after that big UH football win over BYU, the football Bows are re-loading. The long recruiting battles are now complete.

As of Thursday afternoon, 21 players had officially committed to the Hawaii football program. It's the 4th incoming recruit class for head coach June Jones. He's always up beat about his signees, but this year he really likes what he sees.

3 seasons into his reign as UH head coach June Jones says his Warriors are starting to win some recruiting battles against some of the so called heavyweights of college football.

"We won on a lot of kids that took visits to other schools. They went to Washington, Oregon, Arizona, wherever it was and then they came here and chose us. And that probably. . . we had more of that type of kids then we've ever had," says Jones.

Some of the recruits are returning to Hawaii after JC stints on the continent. One of them is ex-Roosevelt linebacker Chad Kalilimoku.

"The linebacker, Chad, that went to Roosevelt from Santa Ana- He is big time. I mean, he's probably the most recruited JC player in America. He will change who we are. So those kind of guys are neat to get," says Jones.

According to Coach Jones, the UH program sells itself to a lot of the recruits. Not just for what they could be at the UH, but also for what they could be after the UH.

"If you're playing QB in this state or offensive line, really any spot and you dream of going to the next level, you're gonna have interest and cause we're getting better. We are sending kids to the National Football League and we're gonna send more this year. That is really helpful in a kid's dream that he wants to accomplish and it's a reality here . It really has been years ago and it kinda got lost for a while and I think kids are starting to understand that," says Jones.

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