Tuaau commits to go back home

It's been a while since current Riverside DE Charles Tuaau (6-4, 265) has strapped it on and hit someone, but that didn't stop his home state school from offering and it didn't take long for the talented defensive lineman to make the decision to head back to Hawaii after the 2012 football season is completed...

"Yes sir, I committed to Hawaii," an excited Tuaau told JCFootball.com. "They offered me and I committed to them and I'm really excited to be going back home."

As a prep at Leilehua High School in Wahiawa, Hi., Tuaau had some tough family things that contributed to him not qualifying academically for a D-1 scholarship.

"I don't really have the greatest background so JC was the right decision for me just because I needed to get my academics right and make sure I got things done so I could play D-1 football," Tuaau admitted. "My dad had an accident when I was a kid and was in a wheelchair and had some brain damage. It was tough on me and I didn't make some good decisions, so to have this opportunity now is just amazing and it's something I'm not going to waste."

After graduating, Tuaau joined some of his extended family at Pasadena Community College and played there as a freshman, but then moved on when the coaching staff changed.

He eventually ended up at Riverside and redshirted this past fall, so he knows this year is his chance to show people what he can do.

"I just can't wait to hit someone," Tuaau said with a laugh. "I really miss it a lot, but I did what I needed to do academically, just getting ahead, so that I can leave right after the season."

The thing about Tuaau that fans have to remember, he is an absolute beast off the edge and could be a heavily recruited player, but heading back to Hawaii to play for Norm Chow is all he can think about.

"I wanted to get back home, closer to my friends and my family," Tuaau said. "That was probably the biggest thing for me in deciding so early. But I also love the direction of the Hawaii program and coach Chow is such a great coach, it was really special when he offered me.

"Schools are going to be coming by this spring to see me and my coaches said I'll probably get more offers, but I'm not going to change my mind. I really am excited to be a Warrior and to get back to where I'm from."

Tuaau will play for the Tigers this fall and will have two years to play two following the 2012 football season.

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