Posted on: Friday, December 22, 2006
Warriors get big on defense
By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer
It appears to be building an army of highly-ranked defensive linemen.
The Warriors yesterday secured a commitment from a third 3-star defensive lineman when Ray Hisatake of the
He said he will sign his national letter of intent this weekend, enroll at UH in January and participate in spring practice in April.
Hisatake already has earned an associate degree, one of the NCAA eligibility requirements for an incoming junior-college transfer.
He will have three years to play two seasons for the Warriors.
"This is a big-time 'get' for
Hisatake is the seventh prospect — and third defensive lineman — to commit to UH. Vaughn Meatoga of Kamehameha Schools and Chris Leatigaga of
"I don't think
Crabtree said a 3-star player "projects to be a multi-year starter with pro potential."
"He didn't have any habits," Owens said. "He had to learn the nuances of the game. But he really worked hard. It's a credit to how hard he worked."
By the start of this season, Hisatake caught the attention of a Pac-10 coach.
"The coach said we needed to check him out," Crabtree recalled. "The coach said that everybody who played against him felt he had a lot of potential.
"He's not perfect," Crabtree added. "He needs to get bigger and faster. But he does have all of the tools. Right now he's still a little bit of a white canvas. But he has the potential to develop into a better player."
Hisatake went on recruiting trips to UH,
"He's a good coach and a good person," Hisatake said of Reinebold. "He's a good friend of my coach (Owens)."
Hisatake had set Wednesday as the deadline to announce his decision. But he waited until he could notify the
"I enjoyed my stays (at
Crabtree said Hisatake, who will compete at nose tackle, will benefit from participating in spring practice.
"You can't stress the importance of getting early work," Crabtree said. "It speeds up the learning curve than having a kid come in during the summer."
Hisatake said his Japanese surname comes from his great-great grandfather, whose wife was Samoan.
"I'm a quarter of a quarter Japanese," Hisatake said. The rest is Samoan.
Hisatake said his sister lives in