Looking ahead

April 29th, 2008

Greg McMackin and his staff mull over the tough choices on cuts this week. They are also looking ahead to the incoming recruiting class of 2009. Remember those letters to 10 local prospedts offering them scholarships? Now that spring practice is over, those written offers will be going out soon, McMackin said. (One has already been made, to Saint Louis receiver Billy Ray Stutzmann, but McMackin can’t talk about that specifically.)

Look for a concentrated, intense effort this spring on the local recruiting front.

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  • Bigwave96744 April 29, 2008 at 10:44 am

    That’s why they get paid the big bucks… As they say, it’s a hard job but someone’s gotta do it..

    Cutting a player is an emotional time for the player, the coach, and their teammates.

    25 or so guys is rather much, especially when a few will be scholie guys.

  • local motion April 29, 2008 at 11:41 am

    It has always been a priority to keep the top players to stay home, but we have never had a majority of top commitments to do so. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the top locals, just for once, want to make a difference for the home team? For once, have the cream of the crop come together and say collectively that “we can be the ones”. Wouldn’t it be something!? All in favor of the local motion say, Awright!

    • guardian April 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm

      I agree that the world would be even more beautiful if ALL the blue-chip local kids stayed! Being a practical guy, though it seems to me that schools like Punahou & Iolani make it a concerted effort for kids to go “away” to schools like Stanford, USC, etc. and actively dissuade kids from staying. I’m not only talking about football, but men/boys’ volleyball as well

      • kevin April 29, 2008 at 9:53 pm

        you can’t fault schools for encouraging their students to get the best education they can. I say congratulations to any student athlete that decides to take their game and their brain to a better school. I respect UHs educational quality and its affordablility, but if a kid has a chance and the desire to play and learn somewhere else, go for it. After all, it would benefit student athletes that have dreams of playing in the pros. This years NFL draft proved that destpite how talented you are, if you go to a school like Hawaii, good luck getting drafted. As for the local student athletes that take their game to the mainland … I’ll still be rooting for them.

        • Not an Expert April 30, 2008 at 9:16 am

          Regarding the comment by Kevin and getting drafted by the NFL.

          Look at all the mid major teams and you will notice that many of these teams will have 1 or 2 draftees a year. Many don’t even get a player drafted. Having 2 for these schools is a good year.

          The BCS schools will get the majority of the thoroughbreds out of high school and the smaller schools will get a few. There are always some who fall through the cracks and end up at smaller schools. An injury or a problem with the law will be another way some of these schools will get a potential NFL type player. During Jones era it proved that.

          The evaluation of players always will be looked at differently by coaches, scouts and general managers from all levels. Most of the time they get it right and sometime they get it wrong.

          If Hawaii was able to recruit the top tier of the high school football crop they will have their fair share of draftees. The sitution over the last 10 years have shown significant strides of players from UH making it to the pros.

          This past year wasn’t what Hawaii fans were counting on but hopefully this year the NFL got it wrong with the players from UH.

          Kevin the rest of your comments I can agree to. People should do what is best for their situation.

          • kevin April 30, 2008 at 11:12 pm


            I hear you. I am probably thinking like a UH fan that is ticked off that Brennan fell to the sixth round and his recievers didn’t get drafted. Also, don’t get me wrong, I would love for our local boys to stay home. I think we have alot of talented athletes, I just don’t blame them for seeking opportunity elsewhere. I will also admit, recently UH has done pretty well for a small team in the draft.

  • wes April 29, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    As with the recent draft it is not scientific, especially when factoring in not only spring status/performance but the elusive “potential” that coaches need to extrapolate. On the positive, those that don’t make it for whatever reason at least know that if they keep at it they may (make it) down the road, like a Libre and many others like him:-).

  • paperchampion April 29, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    music to my ears

  • JT April 30, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Can an athlete on scholarship be cut from the team? Do they keep their scholarship? I thought breaking a rule would get them cut.

    • NelsonO May 1, 2008 at 11:56 am

      Scholarships are renewed (or not renewed) on a yearly basis.

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