By Cindy Luis
sorry for not posting sooner. There are comments on the MPSF thread.
Agree with the comment that it was somewhat tacky that he did a hat switch at the signing. But nothing other players didn't do this morning elsewhere during NLI Day.
Would have been a nice bonus for volleyball.
This from our Paul Honda earlier Wednesday:
Larry Tuileta was known to drop a bomb on opposing defenses from time to time as an All-State quarterback at Punahou.
He dropped one more this morning, pledging allegiance to USC and stiff-arming Hawaii in a stunning reversal at the PIAA National Letter of Intent day signing ceremony at the Sheraton Waikiki.
Tuileta, the Star-Advertiser offensive player of the year, made an oral committment in April to play football and volleyball for UH. But when USC brought in Steve Sarkisian as its new football coach in December, UH was suddenly up against the former Washington head coach and USC assistant coach.
It all happened within the past two weeks, when Tuileta went to visit the USC and UH campuses. USC had dual appeal to Tuileta, a three-time All-State volleyball player.
"It came down to deciding between two great programs. I discussed it with my parents. It took a very long time. I was up late until this morning, constantly thinking about the decision," he said. "There's been a lot of changes (at USC), so he (Sarkisian) gave me an opportunity to get onto the team. He gave me a spot. It's a chance that I'm going to take."
There was no interest under previous USC head coach Lane Kiffin.
Tuileta talked with Hawaii coach Norm Chow before making his decision.
"I told him there's another option," he said.