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Friday, November 14, 2008

UH lands Keli'ikipi's brother

It is the University of Hawai'i football team's belief that talent is relative.

At least when it involves the Keli'ikipi family from Wai'anae.

Yesterday, the Warriors received a verbal commitment from Wade Keli'ikipi, an imposing defensive tackle from Wai'anae High and the younger brother of former UH running back West Keli'ikipi.

Wade Keli'ikipi has made a name for himself as a punishing interior defensive lineman. Keli'ikipi, who is 6 feet 4 and 273 pounds, projects to play at 290 pounds, his weight at the start of the 2008 season.

"I guess I lost some weight," he said.

He certainly did not sustain any loss in strength. Keli'ikipi can bench press a maximum 405 pounds.

He also can bench 225 pounds 30 times.

What's more, he is capable of running 40 yards in 5.0 seconds.

By committing to the Warriors, Keli'ikipi is turning down an offer from Oregon.

"It's close to home," he said of his college choice. "I want to play in front of my family."

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