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Former two-sport Punahou star transferring from USC to UH


    Former Punahou quarterback Larry Tuileta is seeking to join the University of Hawaii

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Larry “Tui” Tuileta, who was the state’s best high school football and volleyball player in 2013, is in the process of transferring to the University of Hawaii.

Tuileta requested — and secured — a release from USC this afternoon.

Tuileta has notified UH volleyball coach Charlie Wade and football coach Nick Rolovich, according to people familiar with the situation.

Tuileta was the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Offensive Player of the Year as a Punahou School senior quarterback in 2013. He led the Buffanblu to an 11-0 record and the 2013 state championship.

Tuileta also excelled in volleyball as an outside hitter, helping the Buffanblu win three consecutive state titles. He was named Volleyball Magazine’s 2014 national Player of the Year.

Tuileta also is one of the most accomplished volleyball players in club-level history. His Ka Ulukoa Club won age-group national titles for the 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s, 16s and 17s. He was named national tournament’s most valuable player for the 15s, 16s and 17s.

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    • Don’t want to sound negative but agree with you. Despite their NCAA football sanctions under former coach Pete Carroll USC football is still far big time with massive amounts of money to support their program compared to UH. Also academically USC is top tier while UH is third tier. Kids need to think beyond sports, especially if they don’t make it at the pro level and be more concerned with their education and a career. Better to grad from USC than UH.

    • I agree. I wouldn’t transfer from USC to UH for education. It must be he wants to try to obtain the big fish status and receive more playing time at UH than he might have received at USC.

    • Right on! Great point. The fragile whiner fans get their egos bruised because he went away for school. If I had a choice–academically–I would consider USC over Hawaii because of their stronger academic programs.

    • Yeah it’s great that a good player returns home but because of the decommit he should be a walk on and then given a scholarship if he starts. Why waste it on someone who didn’t want to be here in the first place. Give to someone who does. Or maybe a volleyball scholarship is ok but don’t waste a football scholie.

        • Yours is the best comment on this topic. He waited until Chow got the bum’s (tragically late) rush before signing with UH.

          Here’s wishing the guy good luck in either or both of his chosen sports.

      • Men’s vb has a total of 4.5 scholarships spread among 20+ players. If he gets any money, it won’t be much. He also needs to work himself into a team that’s been together since the summer and has a wealth of OHs.

    • Because often there is way more to an SA story then just the positive spin they give it. Everyone knows USC is BIG TIME both in academics and athletics compared to UH. I don’t even want to write about Dobelle, Hinshaw, Greenwood, Frasier, BJ, Von Appen, Chow, Brian Minaai and UH construction projects, 1/2 BIILLION in need repairs for UH Manoa campus, Wonder blunder, Carbone and the bankrupt UH cancer center, etc. I am not being negative, just honest. I am not jealous or wish ill will on this kid, but many college athletes need to be honest about the realistic chances at playing at the pro level and if that is NOT in the cards, use that opporunity to get the best education possible and get their college degree. Getting accepted at USC either on academics or as an athlete is no easy feat so maybe focus on one sport only and put more time to getting an education and a degree from USC. That would open a lot of career doors BEYOND just playing sports at the college level.

      • I believe that if a kid stays home, he has a better chance of landing a job than one that has gone away. Name recognition is a big thing here in the islands. There a many many former UH athletes, local and from away that have done very well for themselves just based on the fact that they went to UH and many in this community recognize and adore. For myself, I would hire a UH grad/former athlete just because they stayed at home to play in front of friends and family. But that’s just me and I’m sure I’m not alone in that sentiment. Many of the educated don’t come back home to Hawaii, they stay where they are because of name recognition. I say more power to them.

        • I agree 100% and so does a former UH player who is still “well known” in the community. I spoke w/ him about a month ago and he mention a local player (no name was mentioned) who went away to a “big name school” and is now back home looking for a job. This player who went away asked this former UH player for help in finding a job. This former UH player and I both agreed has he stayed home to play his chances of find a job would have been much better.

  • Found: “Tuileta was a first-year freshman reserve walk-on quarterback on the 2014 USC football team, but did not see any action …”.
    Dunno if he played FB in 2015.

    I think his chances of playing are better at UH than USC.

    Wish him nothing but the best !!!

  • Great news and another indication that local players are considering UH more favorably – a direct result of Chow no longer being the head coach.

      • Darn, you guys are SO stupid. He didn’t ride the bench because he wasn’t good enough, USC had no reason to rush him in. They already have Kessler, only a soph, with proven reserves behind him and gets Tui as a bonus without using a scholarship. Tui gets to come back home, compete for starting qb with less competition and without Chow. That’s a smart move.

  • Another USC quarterback transfer? Looks what happened last year with all the hype! Reserve walk on quarterback at USC? Never took a snap in a game. UH would want him why?
    Giving up an education at USC or any mainland college is a mistake.

  • Whoa, another FBS QB transfer. Right on Rolovich! Many locals seem lost that Chow is no longer around to bash. He was a terrible coach, but gave players such as Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea a chance to transfer home from UA and continue his education at UH. No drama with disrespecting UH, either.

  • Been hearing rumblings about Cal WR Kanawai Noa wanting to come home … anyone out there can verify that. Also being that Tuileta was a “preferred walkon” on the football team doesn’t that make him eligible this season ???

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