"I've been at Riverside for just one season, and I redshirted. I'm ready to play. It's been a year, and I have a lot to catch up on. I'm really excited," he said.
The 6'4" 260 lb. prospect graduated from Wahiawa (HI) Leilehua in 2010, and after playing that season at Pasadena (Calif.) City College, decided to transfer to Riverside.
"Riverside really has helped me with academics; that's why I transferred here. I've really been working on my classes. Football comes natural to me, so I'm working on school. I plan on graduating in January. I want to knock it all out in the fall and winter," he said.
"I've been talking to some D-1 schools. I like Hawaii, Nebraska, Baylor, USC, and Oregon State. Those are the schools that I'm interested in, schools that are keeping in contact with me. I'd like to stay in California, because I'm already in state. Now USC can go to a bowl game, so that's a plus right there," he laughed.
Tuaau, however, is keeping his options open and is waiting to see how the season plays out.
"I'll pick whatever school has the best offer, wherever I feel most comfortable playing," he said.
For now, he's just ready to get back on the field and play, especially considering the defensive talent the Tigers possess.
"Our defensive line is really good. We have speed, power; me and my boy Frazer Taua are holding it down on the outside," he said.