Campbell’s Titus Mokiao-Atimalala all the rage with recruiters

Campbell's Titus Mokiao-Atimalala leaped over a defender for one of his five touchdowns against O'Connor (Ariz.). Photo by Darryl Oumi/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

The tsunami seems surreal for Titus Mokiao-Atimalala.

Last week, the Campbell junior received three more scholarship offers from FBS schools. This week, the wave continued with Nebraska and Washington State. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver also has offers from Hawaii, Cal, Oregon State, Michigan, Utah and Wisconsin. For quite some time, it seemed like the world might never notice the mammoth sophomore season he had. Now, it is snowballing.

“It’s truly a blessing and I’m thankful to God and all my family and my coaches and my brothers on the field,” Mokiao-Atimalala said on Thanksgiving afternoon. “They are the reasons why I was blessed with these scholarships and I would like to say thank you to all of them.”

He finished this season with 62 receptions for 1,136 yards and 18 touchdowns against Open Division competition while also playing defensive back. As a sophomore last year, Mokiao-Atimalala had 75 catches for 1,385 yards and 14 TDs. Campbell lost a close game to Kahuku, 21-19, in the state semifinals last weekend.

Hawaii was the first to offer. Washington State became the third Pac-12 program to offer. The Cougars offered a scholarship to Saint Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura earlier in the season, and former Crusader all-state wide receiver Mitchell Quinn plays there.

Another Campbell junior, safety/linebacker/wide receiver Peter Manuma, also has an offer from Hawaii.

Nebraska, 5-6 and fifth in the Big 10 West Division, operates an RPO offense that was successful at UCF with former Mililani standout McKenzie Milton. Huskers coach Scott Frost moved home to Lincoln from UCF two years ago.

Wisconsin has a commitment from Saint Louis linebacker Nick Herbig. Michigan has an offer out to Saint Louis wide receiver Roman Wilson. Cal has a commitment from Saint Louis defensive lineman Stanley McKenzie.

The dominoes keep falling, and Mokiao-Atimalala is still more roughly a year away from making his five official visits. Campbell coach Darren Johnson is stoked for his young receiver, but a bit surprised by the pace of recruiting.

“I think Washington State should have offered a long time ago. Nebraska, too,” Johnson said. “He’s a good kid. For anybody, he’s a steal. He’s a good leader and a good brother. He and his brother, Tamatoa, are creating a good path for their siblings.”

Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala committed to Hawaii.

“UH is lucky to have him. He’s going to work, and it comes from home. Never going to have to hold his hand. Tamatoa is a good brother to Titus and because of that, Titus caught on to everything,” Johnson added.

Johnson remains a staunch Warriors fan.

“Hawaii will throw it every down,” he said. “You will make a difference in Hawaii.”

Hawaii’s 2020 schedule includes nonconference matchups with Arizona (away), UCLA, Fordham, Oregon (away) and New Mexico State.

In 2021, UH has UCLA (away), Portland State, Oregon State (away) and New Mexico State (twice).

The 2022 nonconference slate for Hawaii has Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Michigan (away), Duquesne and New Mexico State (away).

Hawaii has four nonconference games in ’23: Vanderbilt (away), Albany, Oregon (away) and New Mexico State.


  1. ??? November 29, 2019 4:33 pm

    Player of The Year: Hands Down..

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