London Sapolu commits to the Warriors!

HA Note: “Sapolu will play his sophomore season at Orange Coast Community College, then transfer to UH in January. He will have two seasons of NCAA eligibility. Sapolu, who is 6 feet 1 and 295 pounds, played defensive tackle last season. He will start at center this season. Sapolu turned down an offer from Tennessee, opting to follow in the cleats of his father, Jesse Sapolu.”

About choosing UH over Tennessee, London Sapolu said:
“I had other options, but after sitting down with my family and my dad — and being half Samoan and half Hawaiian — everybody thought I would be more comfortable in Hawai’i.” (HA)

Happy that his son will play for the Warriors, Jesse Sapolu said:
“I’m happy he’s going to become a Warrior. I think Hawai’i will be a more comfortable atmosphere for him. I always wanted at least one of my sons to go to my alma mater. I’m happy they’re representing the name.” (HA)

London said that he didn’t know that his father was a football legend:
“until after he retired from football.” (HA)

HA Note: “Jesse Sapolu won four Super Bowl championships with the San Francisco 49ers. London Sapolu said he was “4 or 5″ when his father won his last Super Bowl ring.”

About how he chose to stay in the hotel to watch the Power Rangers instead of go to the Super Bowl, London said while laughing:
“They still tell me a story about how they wanted to take me to a Super Bowl, but I told them I’d rather stay in the hotel and watch the Power Rangers.” (HA)

Jesse Sapolu said that London:
“is going to surprise a lot of people. In my opinion, he’s a pretty good player.” (HA)

Explaining why he designs and administers tattoos and owns his own tattoo machine but doesn’t have any tattoos himself, London said:
“My dad doesn’t want me to have any (tattoos).” (HA)

HA Note: “He received his unique name from a city where his father played two NFL exhibition games. Because two elder siblings have names beginning with “L,” he said, “My mom said, ‘it’s either London or Larry.’ ” ”


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