The same day the Clemson Tigers landed two top secondary talents, Dabo and staff reached out to the Island of Oahu in Hawaii and offered one of the top linebackers in the 2023 class, Tausili Akana
The same day the Clemson Tigers landed two top secondary talents, Dabo and staff reached out to the Island of Oahu in Hawaii and offered one of the top linebackers in the 2023 class, Tausili Akana. The 6-4 225 LB already has 30 offers in his pocket and will likely add to this total with two more years of high school ball to play.
ESPN ranks Akana as the #7 LB in the country and the top player in the state of Hawaii. The upside to this talented linebacker is through the roof.
“Tall, lengthy prospect. Needs to continue to develop and grow into his frame. Should get stronger as he grows, but already demonstrates above average strength and solid with hands. Can struggle to quickly redirect, but good rang once on track. Displays good lower body bend and flashes decent ability to dip inside shoulder. Needs to keep developing but displays good raw tools and a high ceiling for development.” —- Tom Luginbill, National Recruiting Director, CFB Analyst, ESPN/ABC. Understand that this evaluation is based off only playing one freshman season in high school. The sky is the limit for this talented young linebacker.
Due to the pandemic, Hawaii did not have football last year. At Kahuku, they take their football seriously. They have won 8 titles since the state championship era began in 1999. Many of the people in the Kahuku community and in the football community have Samoan or Tongan roots, and high school football has become quite important to them. Kahuku High School in this small, rural, coastal town on the North Shore of Oahu has produced some of the best football players in the US. The players are regularly scouted by the Power 5 schools.
Scott Pagano played for Moanalua High School in Honolulu, HI, before attending Clemson. Could Akana follow in his footsteps? There is a long way to go in Akana’s recruitment but he now has something not a lot of high school players get; a Clemson offer.