UH’s student body is gaining a big body when the spring semester begins tomorrow morning.
Eliki Tanuvasa, a former All-State center from Saint Louis School, has completed his transfer from Eastern Illinois and will be joining the Rainbow Warriors. Tanuvasa was named to the FCS’s 2018 All-Freshman third team as true first-year player this past season.
Tanuvasa, who is 6 feet 2 and 315 pounds, said he decided to transfer because 1) he wanted to help his father, who has been been hospitalized the past couple of months, and 2) he said it was a childhood wish to play for the Warriors.
Tanuvasa was a three-year starter at Saint Louis. His sophomore season was abbreviated because of an injury. But he was center for Tua Tagovaiola in 2016 and Chevan Cordeiro in 2017. One of his best friends is Arasi Mose, an offensive lineman who signed with the Warriors in December.
Tanuvasa’s father and former UH defensive lineman Ma‘a Tanuvasa are cousins.