Originally from: Hawthorne HS in Hawthorne, California
Junior College: El Camino CC
As a sophomore, Vuna Tuihalamaka recorded three and a half sacks and one interception. He was named first team JC All-American. The linebacker still has a red-shirt year available and is a May of '07 graduate. He will show up at his college of choice next summer with three years to play two. "I love to run to the ball," Tuihalamaka says. "I am going wherever it is going."
Coach Hagan is recruiting Vuna for the Buffs with a strong assist from Coach Cabral. "Coach Cabral has a great tradition of putting linebackers into the NFL. He told me I have a chance to compete there for a starting job immediately. I like the strong Polynesian influence that Colorado has," said the player from Tongan descent. "I have also looked up pictures of the town (Boulder) on the computer and it looks like a nice city."
Being that he is a May graduate, Tuihalamaka has scheduled an interesting visit schedule since he won't sign until next Fenruary. "I have been to Arizona on an unofficial visit. I will find out tomorrow if I am going there this Friday. Then, I have a trip scheduled with Colorado for this Sunday. Both trips will be one-day trips. I will go and leave on the same day because I have something to do on Saturday. I sent Colorado my info about an hour ago so they should be getting something set-up. I will also talk to them tomorrow. My plan is to go there Sunday. If it doesn't work out then I will try to visit in January. I have also changed my Oregon State visit to January, but we don't have a date scheduled."
The linebacker says he is not fond of taking any January visits because he has a lot of school work to do. "I have a lot to do over the winter quarter so we'll see what happens."
He does not claim a favorite amongst the three. "I don't have a leader right now. I will decide after I take my trips."
Does the fact that his cousin Apaiata (soft verbal) and his other cousin Nate Vaiamounga (solid verbal) are committed to Colorado have an effect on his decision? "Apai and I have grown up together our whole lives and our family is rooting for us to go to the same school. But, him and I are different people so we will make the best decision for ourselves. Him and I will be talking more about the decision down the line."
The Buffalo Sports News will speak with Vuna again in a couple days to see if he indeed will make the Boulder visit on Sunday.