Larry “Tui” Tuileta has joined the Warriors as a quarterback.
Tuileta returned from an international volleyball tournament yesterday, and was scheduled to meet with coach Nick Rolovich in the evening. Tuileta will attend today’s football practice, the fifth of spring training.
Tuileta has been placed on a football scholarship. He will have two years of eligibility remaining in both sports.
Tuileta, who was the volleyball Warriors starting libero this past season, was a state player of the year in both sports as a Punahou senior during the 2013-14 academic year. In April 2013, he made a verbal agreement to play football and volleyball at UH. But on signing day on Feb. 5, 2014, he announced he would join USC as a walk on in both sports.
In December 2015, he left USC with the intent of enrolling at UH. After a year of community college to up his credit count, he joined the UH volleyball team last December.
Rolovich praised volleyball coach Charlie Wade for allowing Tuileta to play both sports and athletic director David Matlin for creating an atmosphere of collegiality.
Tuileta has earned a reputation as a hard worker and cooperative teammate.
“I’m so proud of this locker room right now,” Rolovich said. “He’s going to be a guy who’s going to fit in and improve it. I think he can. I want that to be (the players’) favorite place on the planet — that locker room — and it’s getting there.”