Clemson makes it official with offer to LB Tausili Akana

It was a bit of a wait, but a month after visiting Clemson, the Tigers made an official scholarship offer to Hauula's Tausili Akana.

The June barnstorming tour of Tausili Akana netted a bounty of football scholarship offers.

One of them wasn’t official until Saturday. Clemson offered a scholarship to Akana a month after the 6-foot-4, 225-pound outside linebacker visited the school.

“I really enjoyed my visit with Clemson football. I did a camp and an unofficial visit. The staff was amazing, the facilities were top notch and the program is one of the best in the country,” Akana said. “They love what I do on the football field and they envision themselves doing different defenses around me.”

Akana spent time with assistant coaches and head coach Dabo Swinney.

“The more I do research on the coaching staff, facilities, academics and football program, my interest has increased,” he said. “I enjoyed the big slide in the football facilities.”

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney met Tausili Akana during Akana’s unofficial visit in June. Photo courtesy of Brandyn Akana.

Like the follow-up on social media and forums after his offer from Oklahoma, the excitement from Clemson fans is matched by few programs.

“Clemson is one of those schools that is just different. Since visiting the campus, the Clemson media has been in touch with me. Now that I posted the offer, fans, media and alumni have been keeping me busy on social media. Clemson loves their football. It’s been a crazy couple days.”

At the time he visited Clemson, he had abruptly cancelled a trip to Notre Dame to make time for the Tigers.

“Definitely a great decision to change up my travel schedule back in June. It worked out great,” Akana said.

Akana is currently enrolled at Skyridge in Utah, hoping the DOE and OIA make an official announcement that high school football season is a go. The Hauula resident was enrolled at Kahuku last spring.

As a sophomore, he played football at Wasatch (Utah) in the fall of 2020. His freshman year was at Kamehameha.

Tausili Akana, Skyridge (Utah), OLB, 6-4, 225
Offers: 30
Utah 6/20/19
BYU 6/20/19
Hawaii 6/21/19
Arizona State 6/30/20
UNLV 8/27/20
Oregon State 9/8/20
Utah State 9/14/20
Nebraska 10/16/20
Oklahoma State 11/16/20
Oregon 12/21/20
Washington State 12/25/20
Ole Miss 3/3/21
Colorado 3/9/21
USC 3/17/21
Washington 4/23/21
LSU 4/29/21
Wisconsin 4/30/21
Arizona 5/1/21
Cal 5/11/21
Mississippi State 5/27/21
Texas 6/3/21
TCU 6/4/21
Texas A&M 6/5/21
Ohio State 6/9/21
Michigan 6/9/21
Pitt 6/10/21
San Diego State 6/11/21
Virginia 6/12/21
Oklahoma 7/13/21
Clemson 7/17/21


  1. TheTruthShallSetYouFree July 18, 2021 2:38 pm

    Great job young man!

  2. ILoveHawaii July 19, 2021 8:47 am

    “Most on high, we thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed on Tausili and his Ohana, now please bestow upon on us Tausilis written contract to play on the RR football team and not on that kaya Utah team or that Hawaiian team on the hill that has all the resources but cannot cannot even beat our Pop Warner team. Your most humble servants, RR Nation. Oh yeah, and can you please give the strength to Sterling to not run any pop warner offensive plays this year. Thank you.”

  3. ??? July 19, 2021 4:44 pm

    Can Somebody who is supposedly in charge of Hawaii High School Football PLEASE tell the public the season is a GO!!!!!!!! “PLEASE”

  4. Fedup July 27, 2021 9:05 pm

    @HPW. Can we ask if everything is still Gucci for sports please? Otherwise, that’s it I’m moving to the mainland if there’s no sports… again. Why not move the season… again. Lol

  5. ??? July 30, 2021 3:12 pm

    Everybody who wished to see this kid play for Kahuku or any Hawai’i HS team is out of luck. He’s playing in Utah.

  6. Redrum July 31, 2021 10:14 am

    @??? He’s actually not playing in Utah, he’s on the kahuku squad. They scrimmaged Campbell and aiea the other day.

  7. ??? July 31, 2021 11:49 am

    So you saw him scrimmage Campbell with Kahuku?
    Unless you’re his parents, coach or player,
    I don’t believe it cause parents & fans are not allowed @ practice or scrimmages.
    But please keep us informed cause we can’t find Paul. Lol..

  8. SlickWilly August 1, 2021 1:48 am

    IloveHawaii, “or that Hawaiian team on the hill that has all the resources but cannot cannot even beat our Pop Warner team.” HaHaHa, and I went to that school, thank God for the Girls Volleyball team.

  9. Redrum August 1, 2021 3:23 pm

    @??? Who said parents and fans aren’t allowed to watch practice? They practice at kahuku district park since the field is greeting a makeover. I live right up the street from the park. It’s not hard for people to watch them practice.

  10. ??? August 1, 2021 3:44 pm

    Red rum, still NO proof he plays for Kahuku?

  11. Redrum August 1, 2021 4:01 pm

    ??? You need proof? Go on Facebook and ask to join Red Alert. It’s one of kahuku’s pages someone live streamed the scrimmage.

  12. IloveHawaii August 2, 2021 12:51 pm

    Maybe they waiting to see if FBall is a go in Hawaii.

    If it is:

    ” Most Highest and Merciful, please see it in your heart to have whoeva is in charge to declare the FB season is a GO A-FRICKEN-SAP so that Tausili can stay and play for our beloved RR’s and not that team on the HILL that recruited a RR to be an AD so they could get Tausili and our other Stars from our community to play for that Fball program that belong in D-1 and not the OPEN. Through you, all things are possible, like maybe, a Defensive Coordinator with more credentials? If can. Amen. “

  13. ??? August 2, 2021 1:10 pm

    @ Redrum
    What # was he? Cause I didn’t see him & his coach didn’t see him! But I saw ”Lefau”, that kid is a beast….

  14. KALAEPOHAKU August 2, 2021 1:17 pm

    Please wear the Red and Blue, so you can be the next Isaac Slade Matautia…Saints! Saints! Saints!

  15. ??? August 2, 2021 7:16 pm

    August 2, 2021 7:15 pm
    You should be ashamed of yourselves!
    You guys recruit the best football players, win 3 straight state titles, then steal Poncho from Farrington like you stole Matautia from Kaiser & now you beg Tausili to go there.
    When is it Enough. STL “AKA” IMG HAWAII..

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