The University of Hawaii football team just got a fresh, new look.
Norm Chow has signed five junior college transfers, bolstering the Warriors’ defense, offensive line and passing game.
Linebackers Julian Gener and Tevita Lataimua, offensive lineman David Griffin, wide receiver Vasquez Haynes and tight end Josh Long are set to enroll in January and are eligible immediately.
“This is just the start of what we think is a tremendous recruiting class,” Chow said in a university release. “We’re really excited about this group coming in. We realize there’s a lot to get done and this is just the beginning.”
Gener, a 6-foot, 230-pounder from Mt. San Antonio College, earned Central Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors and led Mt. SAC to the CCCAA Southern California championship game in 2012.
Griffin, 6-6 and 315 pounds, comes from Mesa Community College after earning first-team all-conference honors by both the Western State Football League and Arizona Community College Athletic Conference.
The 6-2, 200-pound Haynes, who will have three seasons of eligibility left, played one season at Blinn College, leading the team with 15 receptions for 281 yards and four touchdowns in just three games played before his season was cut short due to injury.
Lataimua, 6-0, 230, was a two-time all-league pick at College of San Mateo.
Long, 6-4, 260, finished with 15 catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns at Riverside City College last season.