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Liberty linebacker accepts walk-on spot at Hawaii

Green Valley receiver de-commits to Colorado School of Mines in favor or UNR

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Liberty linebacker Sage Nua has already left his stamp on Patriots history as the six-year-old school's leading tackler (275).

On Wednesday he added another honor as the team's first player to reach a Division-I program.

A native Hawaiian, Nua will return to the state this fall to attend the University of Hawaii as a preferred walk-on for the Warriors.

"It's nice to be going back home," Nua said. "Plus they have a good program where if you work hard you'll play. It's not just all about the guys on scholarship. I hope to contribute to a few wins and work my way onto the field."

Liberty coach Lou Markouzis said Nua has been the face of the Liberty football team the last few years and was the go-to player on defense.

"Sage has been the rock that our team could lean on for the last few years," Markouzis said. "He's meant a lot to this team and this program. He'll bring a lot to anyone he plays for. Depending on the system he could be a middle linebacker or outside guy. He could even grow into a defensive end or tight end."

Hawaii also tapped the Southeast Division to pick up Silverado cornerback Michael Wadsworth and former Silverado linebacker T. J. Alofipo.

The Southeast also added another Division-I preferred walk-on in Green Valley High wide receiver Kyle Larimer. According to Green Valley coach Matt Gerber, Larimer de-committed to the Colorado School of Mines to play for UNR. Larimer caught 51 passes in 2008 for 735 yards.

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