UH gets a “taller Pisa”

July 31st, 2008

That’s how someone who has seen both play a lot described T.J. Alofipo, UH’s latest recruiting commitment. He sounds like the real deal. Big, strong, athletic and good speed.

One of his many scholarship offers was from Army, so that makes me assume he’s smart, too.

If UH can also secure commitments from his other highly-regarded teammates at Silverado High School (Henderson, Nev.) — defensive end Keenan Graham and free safety Michael Wadsworth — the Warriors could have a huge head start on rebuilding their defense which will be hit hard by graduation after this year.

Tony Tuioti — the former UH defensive tackle who recently joined the Warriors staff — was the defensive coordinator at Silverado, which played in the state championship game last year.

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  • wes July 31, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks for keeping us in the know Dave. Sounds like a good one! On paper at Rivals.com:

    Ht: 6-foot-2
    Wt: 240 lbs
    Forty: 4.7 secs
    GPA: 3.1
    SAT: 1100
    Class: 2009 (High School)


    BTW in reading about Keenan Graham, any word on Keenan Jones?

    • Dave Reardon July 31, 2008 at 10:54 pm

      I wouldn’t expect to see Keenan Jones in a UH uniform again.

      T.J.’s coach said he’s a sharp kid. That 3.1 isn’t a soft one … heavy on college prep core classes.

  • J-DOG July 31, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    “Will be hit hard by graduation”

    I hope that factors into Manti’s decision. Would be a lock to start immediately.

  • sportsbow July 31, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Mahalo Dave for the added mention of Graham and Wadsworth.

    Would be great to get a Nevada Trifecta!

    • Dave Reardon July 31, 2008 at 10:52 pm

      Word from their coach is that all three plan to visit UH together in December.

      Also, he said Wadsworth is a “do-everything guy” who plays corner and receiver for them but projects as a college safety.

      Interesting that T.J. is a linebacker that some say is an end in college and Graham is now an end but some like as a LB at the next level.

  • Kevin August 1, 2008 at 8:14 am

    In the interest of accuracy I thought I would point out that Silverado did not play in the state championship game last year. They lost to Las Vegas H.S. 7-12 in the second round of the play-offs. I love the blog though keep up the great work.

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