The 6-foot-2, 250-pound linebacker is finishing up his first semester at SMU and has been adjusting well to his new school.
"The hardest part about the transition has been the school part," Tuiasosopo said. "I've just been getting use to class, learning the new defense and just getting use to a division 1 program."
Tuiasosopo participated in spring practice for the Mustangs, and enjoyed every bit of it. He felt as if he picked up the defense well and he felt comfortable playing with his new teammates.
For Tuiasosopo, the biggest difference between playing at the JUCO level and at a D-1 program is the tempo.
"Practice in general is just a lot faster," Tuiasosopo said. "You're just always on the move, 24/7, so you've got to be as prepared as you can be."
Heading into summer, Tuiasosopo plans on spending the majority of his time lifting, getting stronger, and working on his quickness. His coaches have emphasized to him that the stronger and quicker he gets, the more playing time he will see.
Tuiasosopo is the only 2014 signee on campus right now along with Bozidar Antunovic and William Barns, so he hasn't had much interaction with the rest of his class. He has, however, talked with fellow linebacker Inoke Ngalo, who can't wait to join him on the Hilltop.
"We've just talked about finishing school right so that he can do well once he gets here," Tuiasosopo said. "He's really excited to get to campus and try and make a difference here."
With roughly four months until the Mustangs kickoff their season against Baylor, the start of the season couldn't come any sooner for Tuiasosopo.
"I'm just ready to play football on the D-1 level to be honest," Tuiasosopo said. "I've had a long journey, but I'm ready to start the next chapter in my life."
QUICK HITSFavorite food: Tisupo (Samoan dish)
Favorite drink: Cool-aide
Favorite Music: Reggae
Favorite Movie: Cool Runnings
Favorite non-football sports: Basketball
Little known fact: Has had 3 reconstructive knee surgeries (fully healed now)