Tausili Akana reels in 20th offer, No. 1 OLB rating in nation

Mississippi State became the 20th FBS football program to make a scholarship offer to former Kamehameha player Tausili Akana. Photo courtesy of Wasatch Athletics.

Tausili Akana keeps working and the opportunities keep growing.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound sophomore received his 20th scholarship offer recently. Mississippi State is the third SEC school to make an offer to the current Kahuku student. Ole Miss offered on Mar. 3 and LSU opened a door on Apr. 29.

“Of course, the conference is one of the best in the country. That conference is filled with talented athletes and it is very competitive football. Past Kahuku basketball player Tolu Smith is playing there, also. We keep in contact a lot and he is excited about my opportunity,” Akana said.

Akana also garnered a No. 1 rating as an outside linebacker for the class of 2023 from 247sports.com.

“That feels crazy! Especially coming from a small community, it makes me want to work harder and harder. I’m always expecting others to get better and better, so I need to never be satisfied, and keep working on my game,” he said. “My parents keep reminding me, the process is not a sprint, but a marathon.”

With older sisters Braelyn (Hawaii) and Keonilei (Nebraska) paving the way, the step-by-step process has been highly successful for Tausili Akana. Neither of his sisters, however, received a scholarship offer while in eighth grade.

“I’ve been blessed to experience what I have experienced for the past two years. Our family has been raised around college student-athletes. As a young boy, my dad coached at BYU-Hawaii and the University of Hawaii men’s basketball. My older sisters and I always wanted to be college athletes,” Akana said. “Our parents tried to equip us at a young age, but I’m still learning and growing in the recruiting process. My older sisters (Braelyn, Keonilei) are living the college life. I hope to do so in the next couple of years. Still have a long ways to go.”

More offers, more interest, more calls and texts in the daily life of a soon-to-be junior.

“Things have gotten crazy for me. I am always on the phone with university coaches. My dad (Kahuku basketball coach Brandyn Akana) helps a lot with my recruiting process. It can get hectic at times. I’m getting better and better at taking with coaches,” he said.

Akana planned to do an unofficial visit to Hawaii this week and has more of them planned for other campuses.

“My days are pretty busy with training, workouts and communicating with coaches. With my free time, I’m doing some fishing. I love being out on the ocean,” said Akana, who spent his sophomore season playing for Wasatch (Utah) while Hawaii’s season was postponed and cancelled.

“I want to shout out my family. They continue to support me in everything I do,” he said. “I’m blessed to have a family that wants the best for me. I love them all.”

Tausili Akana, Kamehameha/Wasatch, OLB, 6-4, 210
Offers: 20
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


  1. ??? June 3, 2021 4:20 pm

    Don’t forget the other schools recruiting this kid:
    Kamehameha, Kahuku, STL, Punahou & Wasatch. Lol..
    Good luck & stay healthy young man.

  2. Scoops June 4, 2021 1:15 am

    This guy is going to Skyridge in Utah. He ain’t even enrolled at Kahuku.

  3. HBoy June 4, 2021 9:48 am

    ??? u so stupid

  4. ??? June 4, 2021 2:16 pm

    I’m stupid?? You can’t even spell “YOU” LOl…

  5. ILoveHawaii June 4, 2021 4:05 pm


    How is it possible to share so much but know nothing?
    I not too sure about Lulu or Puns but the other 3 hoping and praying.

    With a sheet of offers like this, what would be the best course to take in deciding what HS?
    – go with the team with the best chance of winning a title? Kam is out.
    – Earn a diploma from a school with prestige and history? Kahuku is out.

    Good problems to have. Props to him and his Ohana.
    Good luck young man.

  6. ??? June 4, 2021 5:07 pm

    Good Problems? Not a problem at all, I think you mean Good Options!

    Simple Course: The Ohana will discuss their options and see what’s best. Ultimately his parents will decide because after all he is under age. Not sure how your family does it?

  7. ILoveHawaii June 5, 2021 12:48 pm


    Thanks for stating the obvious.
    And offering so much to the conversation.

  8. ??? June 5, 2021 2:14 pm

    @ ILoveHawaii

    My pleasure, I’m here for you!

  9. Sk8r June 6, 2021 11:35 pm

    @??? Uh… isn’t he already attending Kahuku since leaving Utah?

  10. Stop deleting the truth June 7, 2021 2:36 am

    He’s going to Skyridge in Utah. He’s already enrolled.

  11. 88 June 8, 2021 7:45 pm

    AhYou, Lefau, Tuliloa and Akana as the starting 4 Lbs for Kahuku this coming Fall is gonna be scary..

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