Recruit Profile: Pita Tanuvasa

Kahuku High School has been a pipeline for D-I football talent for years. 2006 will be no exception as Red Raider Pita Tanuvasa Jr. embarks on his recruiting journey.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Pita Tanuvasa is another outstanding defensive prospect who will get lots of D-1 attention.

"I've been playing varsity football since my freshman year," Pita said. "Last year I played strong safety, but the year before I played running back."

Pita, who runs a 4.6 forty, had 22 tackles on the season, with five interceptions two of which he returned for touchdowns. He also forced two fumbles.

"Right now I'm not hearing from any schools," Pita said. "But once the recruiting starts picking up I will be interested most in Arizona, University of Hawaii, and BYU."

This April Pita will visit the Nike camp at USC. This summer he plans on spending a lot of time in Utah.

"I'm going to the BYU football camp, the Utah all poly camp, and then the BYU baseball camp," Pita said.

Pita is an avid baseball player too, and plans to explore his options on the diamond.

When asked to describe his style of play, Pita said he is the type of player that plays the ball, not the player.

"I'm the opposite type of player of Al [Afalava]," Pita said. "I'm not afraid to hit but I like playing the ball and getting the interception."

Pita is working hard in the weight room and practicing with the track team to improve his speed. His goal is to run a 4.5 or 4.4 forty.


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