Santa Ana's Tanuvasa is one to watch

It didn't take long for Santa Ana DL Billy Tanuvasa (6-3, 265) to make an impact for the Dons last fall and he's considered one of the leaders of what should be one of the top defenses in the state this fall. caught up with the talented and versatile defensive line prospect and he updated us on things...

Tanuvasa enjoyed a solid prep career at Corona (Ca.) High School, but he was unable to qualify for a scholarship, so he met with the Dons' coaching staff and decided Santa Ana was the place for him.

"I liked the coaches and the system they run here," Tanuvasa told recently. "It's a really good program here and they play some really talented teams, so I knew I'd be able to get my (two-year) degree and develop as a football player."

While playing mostly the three-tech defensive tackle spot for Santa Ana as a freshman this past fall, Tanuvasa totaled 42 tackles, four sacks and six tackles-for-loss, but this fall he will be moving to his more natural defensive end role.

"I played inside at the three because that's where my team needed me, but this year I'll move more outside to a six-technique which is shaded on the outside of the tackle," Tanuvasa said. "We're moving to a 4-3 scheme this fall, so I'll be on the strongside and I think that's a pretty good fit for me because I can rush the quarterback, but I'm really good against the run because I have a non-stop motor. I never stop going after the football.

"This offseason my focus has been on staying low and keeping my leverage. I've been lifting and getting stronger too."

While he's attracted some early attention from four-year programs, Tanuvasa is still waiting on his first offer, but he hopes that a solid start to his sophomore season changes that.

"I've talked a little bit with Fresno State and I've been hearing from Utah and Kansas too," Tanuvasa said. "I'm expecting to have a really good season and if I get off to a good start, I believe good things will happen."

While he's been getting it done in the weight roomo and out on the field, he's also been hard at work in the classroom and he expects to graduate with his two-year degree in May and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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