Mataele Brings Playmaking Ability To The Blue

Mt. SAC DT Tutulepeata "Deuce" Mataele (Walnut, CA) signed with Boise State in December & will enroll at BSU later this month. Mataele brings instant playmaking ability to the Bronco D-line as he racked up 11.5 sacks & 14.5 TFL this past season. He also chose Boise State over nearly a dozen other schools. So, what put Boise State over the top? He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about that & more.

Mt. SAC DT Tutulepeata "Deuce" Mataele (Walnut, CA) signed with Boise State in December and will enroll at BSU later this month. Mataele brings instant playmaking ability to the Bronco D-line as he racked up 11.5 sacks and 14.5 TFL this past season. He also chose Boise State over nearly a dozen other schools. So, what put Boise State over the top?

"I think it was the camaraderie that I felt on my visit to Boise State," he said. "The coaches were all great and they had me from the get-go," he added.

"I knew after taking my visits that I needed to pray about it," he stated. "So, I went to the Temple, to God, and prayed about it. I asked him which direction to go and Boise State came out on top. It's a great community, has a small town feel, and a good fit for me. Everyone was really nice there."

"They (Boise State) told me that they're looking for more D-linemen," said Mataele. "They said they need me but that I'm going to have to come in and earn a position. They don't favor anybody at Boise State and I like that. I want to come in and earn it. The best player is going to play. I intend to step up and take that challenge."

"Loyalty" - a word with lots of meaning to the future Bronco.

"Honestly, I think what stands out most to me about Coach Petersen is his loyalty," he said. "He has had so many other offers to go elsewhere and he remains loyal to Boise State. That's important to me too because the #1 characteristic of love is loyalty. A guy like Coach Petersen is the only type of person I could play for because he's passionate about football, academics, and wants success on and off the field. He told me people at Boise State are different and whether I go there or not, they'll still be different. I knew then that was something I wanted to be a part of."

"The coaches at Boise State definitely showed me the most love," said Mataele. "I really got to spend some time with each of them. Each one showed me different things. It's all about becoming a closer team at Boise State."

Mataele served an LDS mission following his graduation from HS and says it changed his entire outlook on life. He went into his mission as a "selfish man" and became a "selfless man" following that two year mission.

"I was a selfish man going into my mission," he said. "I really became a selfless man because of it and how it allowed me to see the world in a different light. The mission helped me learn about who I am, how I can serve others, and allowed me to become more mature. It changed my outlook on life and now I plan to bring that to Boise State."

"I really wasn't even sure if I wanted to play football after serving my mission," he said. "A bunch of the boys from Utah had gone to Mt. SAC and told me I should give it a look. I decided to and knew that I was going to play against the best or I wasn't going to play at all. I want to compete every day against the best and going to Mt. SAC, one of the best programs in the nation, allowed me to do that."

He and his teammates finished the 2012 season with an 11-1 record and Mataele was a force to be reckoned with on defense as he racked up 11.5 sacks...while playing with one hand.

"Honestly, I had a lot of setbacks this year," he said. "I tore my UCL completely in the first game against Saddleback, taped it up, and went back in because I knew my teammates needed me. My doctor gave me the option to tape it up or redshirt. I didn't want to waste my redshirt year, so I told him to tape it up. Basically, I played the rest of the season with one hand and I just had surgery on it. I'll have to do therapy and should be ready to go for spring ball."

"Mt. SAC's defense is very similar to Boise State," said Mataele. "They're a penetrating defense and my job will be to hold the lanes open while the LBs fill the gap. It comes down to talent for me and I know Boise State sent about five guys from the D-line to The League just last year. I want to shoot for the stars and take this opportunity that God has given me to be the very best I can be and I feel the coaching staff at Boise State is the one that can help me reach that level."

So, what can Bronco fans expect to see from "Deuce" Mataele?

"A guy who is always going to give his all," he said. "I'm going to go in there this spring, compete, and do the very best I can to get acclimated to the new system," he added.

He will enroll at Boise State with 3 years to play 2. He chose the Broncos over offers from Arizona State, BYU, Kansas State, Washington State, Utah State, California, Oregon State, Michigan State, and others.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Tutulepeata Mataele.




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