By Jason Kaneshiro
As a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end with a motor, Veni Manu has physical gifts that make him a promising college prospect.
Ask Mililani football coach Darnell Arceneaux about the Trojans senior, and it's the attributes that don't show up on paper that dominate the conversation.
"He's a player you love to coach," Arceneaux said yesterday after Manu committed to the Hawaii football team.
2009 UH FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS
Player, pos. Ht. Wt. High school
T.J. Alofipo, LB 6-2 240 Silverado (Nev.) H.S.
Corey Nielsen, QB 5-11 185 Gahr (Calif.) H.S.
Kimo Makaula, DE 6-3 225 Punahou
Veni Manu, DE 6-4 235 Mililani
Deondre Powell, WR 5-9 165 Gahr (Calif.) High
Billy Ray Stutzmann, WR 6-1 160 Saint Louis
"He's not very flashy in what he does, he doesn't need all the glamour, he's an old-school throwback. He just puts his pads on and goes out and plays football. He's a very coachable kid, always looking to learn more about the game.
"He's a leader by example, and when he speaks all the kids listen. He's just a great kid and I'm glad things are working out for him."
Manu is the sixth member of the class of 2009 to commit to UH and the second defensive end. Commitments can be made official when the signing period opens in February.
This year's Warriors took yesterday off and resume practice today with their first set of two-a-days.