Tausili Akana adds Michigan, SDSU, Pitt to list of offers

A trip to Ann Arbor, Mich., was productive for Tausili Akana on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Brandyn Akana.

That’s where the road has led Tausili Akana, currently on his way to Nebraska this weekend. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound outside linebacker is rated No. 1 at his position in the class of 2023, and his barnstorming tour is like none other for Hawaii football players.

The former Kamehameha student-athlete began the week at Ohio State and Michigan. He met up with former Saint Louis all-state wide receiver Roman Wilson in Ann Arbor, and the Wolverines offered Akana a scholarship.

Then came a flight to Clemson, where Akana spent time with defensive coordinator Brent Vendables. Officially, there is no offer from the national powerhouse, but Clemson gave Akana the royal treatment, as far as unofficial visits go.


Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Vendables spent time with Tausili Akana and father Brandyn this wee during an unofficial visit. Photo courtesy of Brandyn Akana.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney met Tausili Akana on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Brandyn Akana.

On Friday, Akana and his father, Brandyn, make the trek north to Madison, Wis., for a visit with the Badgers. He hung out with former Saint Louis all-state linebacker Nick Herbig.

Wisconsin offered a scholarship to Akana on Apr. 30. Also on Friday: San Diego State offered him a scholarship, and on Thursday, Pitt made an offer. That raises the total to 27 offers.

Tausili Akana met up with former Saint Louis all-state linebacker Nick Herbig during an unofficial visit to Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of Brandyn Akana.

From Saturday through Tuesday, father and son will be at Nebraska, where one of Akana’s sisters, Keonilei Akana, plays volleyball for the Cornhuskers. The 24-day journey concludes with trips to BYU, Utah, Oregon and Washington next week.

After playing his freshman year at Kamehameha, Akana transferred to Wasatch (Utah) rather than sit out during Hawaii’s cancelled football season. He returned in the spring semester and enrolled at Kahuku, taking classes online. Akana is now enrolled at Skyridge (Utah) as a precaution if Hawaii’s prep football season is limited or cancelled again.


Earlier on Friday, Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced that the City and County of Honolulu has entered a modified version of Tier 4, allowing indoor sports activities. The HHSAA is planning a late July start to the 2021-22 sports calendar.

Tausili Akana tour
Unofficial visits and camps
Tuesday, June 1: Hawaii
Thursday, June 3: Texas
Friday, June 4: TCU
Saturday, June 5: Texas A&M
Sunday, June 6: LSU
Tuesday, June 8: Ohio State
Wednesday, June 9: Michigan
Thursday, June 10: Clemson (Notre Dame, cancelled)
Friday, June 11: Wisconsin
Saturday-Tuesday, June 12-15: Nebraska
Wednesday, June 16: BYU
Thursday, June 17: Utah
Friday, June 25: Oregon
Saturday, June 26: Washington

Tausili Akana, Kamehameha/Wasatch, OLB, 6-4, 225
Offers: 27
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
LSU 6/6/21
Ohio State 6/9/21
Michigan 6/9/21
Pitt 6/10/21
Clemson? 6/10/21
San Diego State 6/11/21


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