OSU offers football scholarship to Kahuku 8th Grader

OSU offers football scholarship to Kahuku 8th Grader

KAHUKU,OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)

Tausili Fiatoa is too young to play high school JV football and he's too big for Pop Warner.

"I'm 6'2", 195 pounds," he said.

Tausili's size and speed helped him tear up Hawaii Junior Prep, the year-round league without weight limits. And his athleticism comes with an upside. Oregon State has offered him a football scholarship even though Tausili is just finishing up the 8th grade.

"I'm really grateful, really grateful for the opportunity," he said. "I want to represent for our community. I want to represent for the kids in the future. I hope that I inspire them."

Tausili is the oldest of five kids in the Fiatoa family. He's been playing football for six years. He sees his future on the gridiron.

"He does a very good job of keeping himself grounded. He's still very much a kid. He understands what he has and what he got," said his father Kaipo Fiatoa.

Tausili attends Kahuku Intermediate where he maintains a 3.4 GPA. He may have his own highlight reel on YouTube, but you won't find him on social media.

"I stay off of that. I don't want distractions." he said.

The Oregon State offer is flattering but it doesn't mean Tausili is committed to the program. If he keeps progressing, other schools will come calling.

"In fact it makes me want to work even harder," he said.

"If I was to think of what is the perfect scholar athlete. I would think it's like Tausili," his Hawaii Junior Prep coach Aisa Wily said.

The Fiatoa's are thinking about moving to Las Vegas so Tausili can play for one of the nations higher profile high school programs. But he was born and raised in Kahuku, so there is the tug to stay at home and be a Red Raider.

"I want to be another one of the many faces that represent this side of the island," he said.

Tausili plays his last game in the Big Boyz league Saturday. He's dedicating it to Feso Malufau, one of his youth coaches who's facing health challenges. Tausili's Laie Park team takes on Ewa Beach in the championship game at 7 p.m. at Mililani High School.

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