Hawaii gets early start for 2013

Head coach Norm Chow and his Warriors have signed five players during the early period, according to the school's official Web site.

“This is just the start of what we think is a tremendous recruiting class,” Chow said. “We're really excited about this group coming in. We realize there's a lot to get done and this is just the beginning.”

Julian Gener (La Puente, Calif./Mt. San Antonio College) is arguably the most productive of the group. The 6-foot, 225-pound linebacker recorded 102 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries and 1 interception this season.

David Griffin (Tallahassee, Fla./Mesa CC), 6-foot-6, 315-pounds, was a first team all-conference selection along the offensive line in 2012.

Wide receiver Vasquez Haynes (Houston/Blinn CC) flashed potential during his only season at the junior college level. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder caught 15 passes for 281 yards and 4 touchdowns in just 3 games before falling to injury.

Another linebacker, 6-foot, 230-pound Tevita Lataimua (San Bruno, Calif./College of San Mateo) registered 171 tackles and 6.5 sacks over the last two seasons.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Josh Long (Noco, Calif./Riverside CC) joins Hawaii's tight end mix following an all-conference campaign in 2012 when he caught 15 passes for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns.

15 other prospects are committed to sign with the Warriors during the remainder of the early period or in February.