Norm Chow is attempting to build a perennial winner in Hawaii, but in order to do that he needs to not only win games this season—he also needs to secure talented recruits to optimize his program.
After a season-opening loss at USC in Week 1, the Warriors returned home and trounced the visiting Lamar Cardinals, 54-2. But, unless Hawaii can maintain their winning ways, the difficulty in luring top prospects to the Aloha State will only increase.
To date, Hawaii has only secured verbal agreements from four recruits for 2013, but the Warriors have a long list of potential targets. While the majority of the prospects are rated as 3-star talent (all player ratings are per Scout.com), the top players on the Warrior "wish list" are being pursued by some of the most successful programs in the country.
Tahaan Goodman (4-star) - Safety - The Warriors have their work cut out for them in landing Goodman, as the California prospect is being pursued by no less than 15 other schools, including current Top 25 teams such as Arizona, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, UCLA, and USC.
At 6'2" and 190 pounds, Goodman runs the 40 in 4.52 seconds, and according to Greg Biggins of Scout.com, the young safety "could be the most complete safety" of the many west coast prospects, as he "has a great frame, runs very well and is a sure tackler." Goodman is not likely to make any decisions in the immediate future, as he is scheduled to visit LSU on November 3.
Tyler Foreman (4-star) - Safety - Like Goodman, no less than six Top 25 teams are looking to secure Foreman's talents for the next four years.
At 6'2" and 190 pounds, Foreman was assessed by Scout.com as "a huge kid who looks like a linebacker but can definitely play safety," having "great closing speed and tremendous ball skills." Foreman (only assessed as a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com) is reportedly scheduling an official visit to Utah in the near future.
Dashon Hunt (4-star) - Cornerback - Reportedly having only a medium level of interest in Hawaii, the Warriors made an offer to Hunt in order to keep pace with the 13 other programs vying for the 4-star defensive standout.
According to Scott Kennedy (Scout.com), Hunt had been committed to UCLA, but now the 5'9", 175-lb defensive back appears to be keeping his options open—despite reportedly (per BeaverBlitz.com) attending the UCLA - Nebraska game on September 8.
John Ross (4-star) - Wide Receiver - A talented athlete, Ross is described by Scout.com as an "[e]xplosive receiver who could also be an elite cornerback." As a receiver, he "does a good job of getting separation and getting off jams at the line of scrimmage."
Hawaii needs to express more interest if they are really looking to secure the California native, as Ross reportedly made a recent unofficial trip in early September to Washington and attended the Huskies game against San Diego State. In addition, he is currently scheduled to visit Oregon on October 5.
It has been three months since the Warriors have secured a verbal commitment from any prospects, and their recruiting class rank is currently 108. Hawaii next faces the Nevada Wolf Pack on September 22, followed by games against BYU and San Diego State. If Norm Chow can begin accruing victories, he may begin to start building the future of Hawaii football by drawing the interest of high-grade recruits.