Jamora bound for UW
BY Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer
One of the state's top defensive players, Kahuku's Hauoli Jamora, has verbally committed to play football at Washington.
Kahuku coach Reggie Torres said Jamora told him he gave his pledge to Washington, where he visited over the weekend. Torres added that when Jamora returned to Hawai'i, he was admitted to a hospital for a bout with pneumonia, but was released yesterday.
Jamora, The Advertiser's All-State Defensive Co-Player of the Year, did not immediately return phone messages. But Torres said Jamora canceled upcoming visits to Oregon State and Hawai'i. He had already visited Arizona and Boise State.
"We were hoping he would wait to see what's out there," Torres said. "Oregon State wanted to show what they had, but I guess he was content, so if he's happy, I'm happy."
Other Hawai'i players verbally committed to Washington are Waialua lineman Micah Hatchie, a Division II All-State selection, and Mililani all-purpose player Taz Stevenson, a Division I All-State selection. 'Aiea's Lawrence Lagafuiana, a Division II All-State defensive lineman, is regarded as a "soft" verbal commitment to the Huskies. He said he will visit Hawai'i this weekend.
Meanwhile, Punahou's Jeremy Ioane said he has received a football scholarship offer from Notre Dame and will make a visit Jan. 28. He said he is deciding whether to visit Iowa or Hawai'i this weekend. He has visited Boise State and Washington.
"I was happy and excited," Ioane said of the Notre Dame offer.
Ioane, an Advertiser All-State selection as an all-purpose player, said he is being recruited as a safety.
If he accepts Notre Dame's offer, he will join former Punahou teammates Manti Te'o and Roby Toma.
Also, Kamehameha defensive end Beau Yap returned from a recruiting trip to Baylor yesterday. His father, Boyd Yap, said Baylor made an offer during the visit. After initially offering only a visit, Hawai'i made a scholarship offer yesterday, Boyd Yap added. It is presumably the offer that Jamora declined.
Yap shared All-State Defensive Player of the Year honors with Jamora.