Warriors land tall, speedy receiver
BY Stephen Tsai
Darius Bright enjoyed his weekend visit to Hawai'i so much he will enroll at the Mänoa campus later this week.
"I'm going back," said Bright, a wide receiver from City College of San Francisco.
After completing his 48-hour recruiting visit yesterday afternoon, Bright said, he notified the UH coaches that he would be accepting a scholarship from the Warriors.
"Hawai'i is a great location, with great coaches and great people," Bright said. "I felt like I was at home."
Bright, who is 6 feet 5 and 225 pounds, caught 21 passes for 227 yards and four TDs in eight games this season. Scouting services claim he is capable of running 40 yards in 4.5 seconds. Bright said he was clocked at 4.47 seconds during a combine in 2007.
CCSF head coach George Rush said Oklahoma was actively recruiting Bright through yesterday.
"I'm going to Hawai'i," Bright said. "I just feel good in Hawai'i. The offense is really good. They throw the ball a lot. I look forward to catching a lot of balls."
Bright has met the requirements to enroll at UH during the spring semester, which begins today. Bright said he needed to gather his belongings from his family home in North Carolina before returning to Hawai'i.
He said he will compete in UH's offseason conditioning program and participate in spring practice.
"Darius is a great guy," Rush said. "There's nothing not to like about him. Football-wise, he's a hard worker, and very athletic. He's big, fast and physical. He likes to block. He's a good team player. He's unselfish.
"On a personal side, he's fun to be around," Rush added. "He comes to school with a big smile on his face, and he's ready to go work. He'll bring all of those qualities to UH and do extremely well. There are not many receivers as big as he is and as fast as he is. He's going to be a great fit."
Rush, who is UH head coach Greg McMackin's close friend, coached Nick Rolovich, who now is the Warriors quarterbacks coach.
"Rolo is a great mentor who is going to take him under his wing," Rush said. "With the proper coaching, I think Darius can be an NFL player. He's going to get the proper coaching at UH."
Bright is expected to compete for the right wideout's job in UH's four-wide offense. Last year's starting right wideout, Jovonte Taylor, might not be approved for an exemption that would allow him to play as a sixth-year senior in 2010.
Bright said he became a UH fan after watching telecasts of the Warriors in 2007.
"I liked what Colt Brennan did," Bright said.
Back then, he recalled, "I never imagined I would come to Hawai'i."
Bright praised his UH host, wideout Royce Pollard, who introduced him to a new hobby.
"Stand-up paddling," he said. "I just learned it."