Incoming Frosh Larry Tuileta Named National High School Player Of Year
July 11, 2014
Incoming USC freshman Larry Tuileta of Punahou School in Honolulu (Hi.) was named the 2014 Volleyball Magazine National Boys' Volleyball High School Player of the Year.
The 6-3 , 205-pound Tuileta is a 3-time All-State first team performer in two sports, as an outside hitter in volleyball and a quarterback in football. He plans to compete in both sports at USC.
In volleyball, as a 2014 senior he led Punahou to its third straight state championship and the Interscholastic League of Honolulu title, earning All-State and All-ILH Player of the Year notice. He earned All-American and All-ILH honors as a 2013 junior on Punahou's state champs. As a sophomore in 2012, he was the ILH Player of the Year and he helped Punahou to the state crown.
He also starred for many years at the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships while playing for the Ka Ulukoa club team. He led his team to the Club Gold Division titles in 2008 (12s) and 2009 (13s) and the Open Gold Division titles in 2010 (14s), 2011 (15s), 2012 (16s) and 2013 (17s), winning All-Tournament MVP honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was a member of the 2012 USA Volleyball Boys Youth National Training Team. He also won the 2010 USA Volleyball SoCal Open Boys U14 Beach tourney.
In football, he quarterbacked Punahou to an 11-0 record and the 2013 state championship as a senior while completing 155-of-263 passes (58.9%) for 2,647 yards with 28 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions. In 2013, he was the Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and he was named the Honolulu Star-Advertiser State Offensive Player of the Year. As a junior in 2012, hit 156-of-246 passes (63.4%) for 2,588 yards with 28 TDs and only 1 interception.
He also has been involved in numerous charitable activities, including volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, area food banks and homeless shelters and serving as a youth volleyball coach.
Tuileta joins fellow incoming USC freshman signees Jon Rivera, a 6-4 opposite hitter from Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola High School in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 6-6 outside hitter Connor Inlow from Mira Costa High in Manhattan Beach (Calif.) and 6-5 outside hitter Jack Wyett from Laguna Beach (Calif.) High.
Tuileta, Inlow and Wyett recently were named to the 2014 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list, Rivera made the 2014 AVCA High School Senior All-America second team, Wyett made the 2014 All-CIF Division II first team and Orange County Register All-Orange County third team, and Inlow made the 2014 South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Bay League MVP.