Tuigamala paves the way for Riverside attack

When coaches are looking for an ideal interior offensive line prospect, they want a physical guy who has a little bit of nasty in his game. Riverside OG T.J. Tuigamala (6-4, 305) fits that description perfectly and after an offseason of hard work the big offensive line prospect hopes to earn some D-1 scholarship offers with a solid sophomore season...

Tuigamala prepped at Paloma Valley High School in northern California and after not receiving a qualifying SAT score, he decided to head to Riverside College to extend his football career as well as get himself on track academically.

"I talked to coach (Bill) Brown, who is our head coach and he told me he would get me where I needed to be," Tuigamala told recently. "I just felt more comfortable here and felt like it was the best situation for me and I think I made the right choice."

Tuigamala has good size and quickness (a 5.1 forty time), but he also sports a 380 pound bench press, a 485 pound squat and a work ethic that has driven him to be the best he can be.

"Honestly, I've been more focused on my classwork than anything," Tuigamala admitted. "I worked hard in the offseason on my strength and quickness, but it's all about getting an education and that's where I've had my focus."

On the recruiting front, Tuigamala has been hearing from three schools the most, but he's hoping an All-Conference season this year will help him get more attention.

"South Florida, Arizona State and Oregon have been the main three," Tuigamala said. "Other schools have sent me letters and stuff, but those are the three recruiting me the hardest."

Tuigamala is on pace to graduate next May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

Riverside got off to a good start to their season this past weekend, notching a 52-31 win over Victor Valley. Next up for the Tigers is San Bernardino on the road.

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