Tavita Thompson is the first big-time offensive lineman to come to Colorado from Hawaii since current NFL player Chris Naeole. He comes from the most prestigious program on the Islands, Saint Louis High. Tavita loves the Big 12 and he says fellow Islanders are also impressed with the CU program. He was also being pursued by Oregon State, Utah, and the home-state Rainbows. Thompson is ready to get to work in Boulder."> Tavita Thompson is the first big-time offensive lineman to come to Colorado from Hawaii since current NFL player Chris Naeole. He comes from the most prestigious program on the Islands, Saint Louis High. Tavita loves the Big 12 and he says fellow Islanders are also impressed with the CU program. He was also being pursued by Oregon State, Utah, and the home-state Rainbows. Thompson is ready to get to work in Boulder.">

Hawaiian Pipeline Continues

<a href="http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=148&p=8&c=1&nid=651983">Tavita Thompson</a> is the first big-time offensive lineman to come to Colorado from Hawaii since current NFL player <b>Chris Naeole</b>. He comes from the most prestigious program on the Islands, Saint Louis High. Tavita loves the Big 12 and he says fellow Islanders are also impressed with the CU program. He was also being pursued by Oregon State, Utah, and the home-state Rainbows. Thompson is ready to get to work in Boulder.

Height: 6-6
Weight: 270
40 time: 5.0
Bench: 300
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
High School: St. Louis

"I am ready to go in and work. All coaches say that you can get early playing time so that didn't make any impact on my decision. Nothing is guaranteed and you have got to work for it."

Thompson has been doing a great job the last two years. He was honorable mention all-state last year and first team all-state this year by both the Honolulu Advisor and the Star- Bulletin. He and fellow Hawaiian and Buff, David Veikune, were two of the only three players in the state to be named first team by both publications.

Tavita had verbal offers from Oregon State, Hawaii, and Utah before commiting to CU. After he tripped to Boulder December 12th, Thompson headed to Salt Lake City to check out the Utes on a mid-week visit. Upon returning home he thought about it for a few days and then called Coach Cabral of CU to let him know of his intentions to come to Colorado. Coach Cabral and Borbely have done an in-home visit with Thompson and Coach Barnett will do so after the Hula Bowl.

Tavita spoke about why he chose CU over Utah.

"A lot of players from here have chosen Utah so that was a reason to check them out. But when you tell people here that you are going to Utah they say that that is okay. When you tell them that you are going to Colorado they say it is great. Colorado is in the Big 12 and they are on television here all the time. People from around here really like the program. Everyone is excited for me to go there. It is just a solid school with good academics."

Thompson then spoke about fellow CU, Hawaiian commits Veikune and Jordon Dizon.

"I played against Jordon before and he is great. He is a good, strong runner. David is really fast and very strong."

David and Tavita struck up a friendship on their trip to Boulder together. Even though Tavita was hosted by Edwin Harrison, he says that he spent most of his time with Vaka Manapuna and David V.

"I had to hang out with the Hawaii boys," he said.

Tavita has been recruited to Colorado as an offensive tackle despite receiving his all-state honors on the defensive line. We asked David what makes him a great player.

"I just hate getting beat and I work very hard."

Thompson carries a 3.0 core GPA and scored a 1070 on his SAT. He would like to major in Kinesiology or Sports Psychology.


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