HONOLULU – University of Hawai’i head football coach Nick Rolovich announced the addition of three student-athletes who will join the Rainbow Warriors for the spring semester and are eligible to compete next fall.
The signees are defensive back Manu Rasmussen (Tigard, Ore.) and defensive end Jaime Tago (Pago Pago, American Samoa), a former Warrior who makes his return to the Manoa campus after helping Garden City College in Kansas capture the 2016 junior college national championship. In addition, wide receive Marcus Armstrong-Brown (Napa, Calif.), who was part of last year’s recruiting class, will also join the program in January.Marcus Armstrong-Brown | WR | 6-3 | 195 | Jr. | Napa, Calif. | Diablo Valley College | Highlights
A two-year standout wide receiver at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif…recorded 57 receptions for 638 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore after being listed on the JCGridiron.com Preseason JUCO Wide Receiver Watch List (Calif.)…as a freshman, received all-Bay 6 League honors after making 55 catches for 869 yards and 10 touchdowns, including a 15.8 yards per catch average….prior to Diablo, graduated from Justin-Siena High School in Napa, Calif…was named the 2012-13 Napa Valley Register’s Male Athlete of the Year…was starting quarterback in a split-veer offense as a senior, accounting for 776 yards passing with eight touchdowns, and 851 yards rushing for 11 scores…also returned 11 punts for 211 yards and a 19.2-yard average…received first-team all-Marin County Athletic League (MCAL), all-Napa Country honors and earned the team’s “Brave Heart” leadership award after leading JSHS to an 11-2 record and the CIF North Coast Section Division IV title…as a junior, played wide receiver and received second-team all-MCAL and second-team all-county honors…also played basketball and competed in field events on the track team in high school…rated as a three-star recruit by Scout.Manu Rasmussen | DB | 6-0 | 185 | Jr. | Tigard, Ore. | Riverside City College | Highlights
Played 2016 season for Riverside City College in California … recorded three interceptions for a team-high 78 return yards…also posted nine pass break-ups, 32 tackles, and 1.5 tackles-for-loss…helped the Tigers to a 10-2 mark and the to SCFA Regional championship game…prior to Riverside, spent two years at the University of Montana…redshirted in 2014…played in 12 games of 13 games at safety in 2015 for a squad that advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs …recorded 17 tackles for the Grizzlies…in high school was a first team all-state selection on offense and defense as a senior at Tigard High School in Oregon…lead the Tigers to a 12-1 record while rushing for 1,966 yards and 31 touchdowns.Jamie Tago | DL | 6-3 | 260 | Jr. | Pago Pago, American Samoa | Garden City College | Highlights
Played 2016 season at Garden City College in Kansas…a defensive standout for a team that finished a perfect 11-0 en route to its first-ever JC national championship…earned first-team all-conference honors…recorded 71 tackles, 22 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks…also recorded four forced fumbles, one interception, and six pass break-ups… spent the 2014 and ’15 seasons at UH…redshirted in 2014 and appeared in three games in 2015 on special teams…came to UH a from Samoana High School in American Samoa where he was four-year letterwinner while lining up primarily at safety and wide receiver… rated as the No. 4 recruit out of American Samoa and was a member of American Samoa’s Under-19 National Team….related to former Rainbow Warrior and NFL defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga…also related to UH Circle of Honor inductees Al and Niko Noga.