With an offer from Oklahoma, Tausili Akana is in rarefied territory.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound outside linebacker now has 30 scholarship offers before his junior year begins. That may be a record for a Hawaii high school scholar-athlete.
“Oklahoma is a very reputable school. They’re known for football and play in a very tough conference,” Akana said. “It’s a Nike Jumpman sponsored school. I like the coaching staff and what they do on defense.”
Assistant coach Jamar Cain was the primary connection for Akana.
“They were hoping I would make it out to campus, but with my travel schedule, I wasn’t able to make it,” he said, noting a summer barnstorming tour that ended with an unofficial visit to Nebraska, where sister Keonilei Akana plays for the Huskers volleyball squad.
Last year, he transferred from Kamehameha to Wasatch, where an uncle is an assistant coach. At that point, in July of 2020, Akana had four scholarship offers.
He had an outstanding season, leading to 26 more offers since. Add on his performance at a number of showcase camps, combines and Pylon tournaments have opened eyes, and Akana has drawn offers from the Pac-12 to the SEC. He has also become the 104th-ranked player in ESPN’s recent Top 300 ranking for the class of 2023. Kahuku’s Liona Lefau is also in the Top 300 (No. 297).
Today, he is enrolled at Skyridge (Utah).
“We’re awaiting an official announcement from the OIA and DOE,” Akana said.
With no official word from the DOE and OIA that fall sports — and football, in particular — are a go, Akana is not certain whether he will play in Hawaii or Utah. The OIA has produced a fall schedule that includes interleague play with the ILH, and coaches across Oahu have been busy scheduling scrimmages, which will begin on July 29.
He has indicated that it would be easier to play football if he is already enrolled on the mainland before re-enrolling at Kahuku. During the spring semester, he was enrolled at Kahuku and did his schoolwork online.
One thing is certain: there will be more travel before the season officially begins.
“College campuses are currently in a dead period, but they open up during the last week of July. I plan to visit a few more schools,” Akana said.
Tausili Akana, Kamehameha/Wasatch, OLB, 6-4, 225
Arizona State 6/30/20
Oregon State 9/8/20
Utah State 9/14/20
Oklahoma State 11/16/20
Washington State 12/25/20
Ole Miss 3/3/21
Mississippi State 5/27/21
Texas A&M 6/5/21
Ohio State 6/9/21
San Diego State 6/11/21