"I call him family," Tuioti-Mariner said of his relationship with Vaiomounga.
The 6-4, 300-pound guard prospect tore his ACL in the spring and has to sit out his senior season at Corona. Tuioti-Mariner said it's been tough having to watch his Corona teammates go through their season and not be able to play.
He said he's been able to run this week, and that "rehab is going pretty good."
Tuioti-Mariner earned several postseason honors after his junior season last year. He also has received more than a dozen scholarship offers. Colorado was one of the early to offer and earned an official visit.
"I've heard it's a nice place. (CU OL) Coach (Jeff) Grimes, he seems like he's a good coach," Tuioti-Mariner told BSN Friday.
Tuioti-Mariner also had good things to say about CU linebackers coach Brian Cabral, who's visited him at his school.
Asked when he plans to make his decision, Tuioti-Mariner said "probably December."
What is he looking for in a football program?
"Just a really close, good team with a lot of Polynesians on it," Tuioti-Mariner said.