Posted on: Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Warriors bolster defense as JC linebacker commits
By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer
Francis Maka of the
Maka, who redshirted at the
Maka, who is 6 feet 3 and 245 pounds, will participate in spring practice, and have two years to play two seasons.
He will be reunited with defensive lineman Ray Hisatake, a
"He's my best friend," Maka said. "It kind of worked out."
Defensive line coach Jeff Reinebold recruited Maka and Hisatake. "Coach Reinebold is one of the biggest reasons I'm going there," Maka said.
Maka was a standout at Bellarmine High in
"He was one of our leading tacklers,"
Maka said: "I love playing special teams, especially on kickoffs. That's my favorite. I was the wedge-breaker."
Maka turned down a scholarship offer from
Because UH is out of mid-year scholarships, Maka will pay for tuition and expenses this semester. He goes on scholarship in August.
"I wanted to come out early so I could get the system down," Maka said. "I didn't want to be that far behind."
Maka aspires to become an engineer. His mother is a scientist who works in the cardiology department of
Maka said he probably will compete at outside linebacker for the Warriors.
He said he can run 40 yards in 4.75 seconds, and bench press 350 pounds.
"Francis is a kid who has a lot of talent," Owens said. "He can move for his size. He's a very intelligent young man."
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