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Manoa to Manoa: Prep Gives Verbal to Hawaii – Fan’s Reaction

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Manoa to Manoa: Prep Gives Verbal to Hawaii – Fan’s Reaction

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Aragon High School - San Mateo, Ca.

The University of Hawaii Warriors have received a verbal commitment from David Manoa of Aragon High School in California.

The 6'4" 225 pound defensive end from San Mateo, who also played tight end, is noted to be quick and an excellent pass rusher with a high motor. Said his high school coach Steve Sell: "He's a terrific pass rusher. He's a real physical defensive end. He's a great football player. Hawaii is getting a high-character, high-energy player who loves the game. He plays hard. He's physical. He's tough." (Source - ESPN)

Familiar with Hawaii

Manoa has good lineage plus he does have connections to the Hawaiian Islands. David's father is originally from the North Shore of Oahu. David's uncle is Tim Manoa, who was born in Tonga and also grew up on the North Shore before moving to western Pennsylvania and eventually playing at Penn State where he was an All-American. Tim went on to play in the NFL for four seasons.

David Manoa plays for the Aragon Dons who are 6-2 in the Peninsula League - Bay Division, which is in the Bay Area of Northern California. As far as the football team that Manoa plays for is concerned, Aragon recently upset Peninsula Athletic League favorite Terra Nova (source - Mercury News).


Manoa was considered a two-star prospect but scouts and recruiters have had little to go on. He wasn't highly recruited in part because Manoa transferred after the 10th grade, so he had to sit out half a season during his junior year. Yet in just six games, he had seven sacks in 2011. The very bright Manoa is extremely athletic and also plays basketball.

It's thought that he could gain quite a bit of weight to fill out his frame and become a dynamic player as a future Warrior.

This gives Hawaii six commitments for the 2013 season. Including Manoa, the Warriors have verbal commitments from Drake Miller (see related articles), Marcus Kemp, John Wa'a, Aaron Zwahlen and JC transfer Charlie Tua'au.

Sources - University of Hawaii, Yahoo! Sports

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Through thick and thin, Daryle has been a huge fan of college football as well as Hawaii, visiting there as a second home for over 40 years. Go 'Bows!

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