Mataele preparing for return visit

Mt. San Antonio College defensive lineman Tutulupeata "Deuce" Mataele is currently working with a school counselor to get his transcripts sent over to BYU. He hopes to try and make it back out to BYU soon for a return visit.

It wasn't long ago that 6-foot-3-inch, 280-pound defensive tackle Deuce Mataele was on BYU's campus for an unofficial visit. Originally from the state of Utah, where he played for Granger High School, Mataele returned home to the Beehive State to check out BYU's campus.

"Yeah, I was up there before for an unofficial visit and it was cool," Mataele said. "They took me around the campus and showed me all the facilities and stuff like that. I liked it and, like I said, it was cool and a good visit.

"I spoke with Coach Mendenhall and it was really good. We talked about life and football and about being a role model on the team at BYU. We talked about how we could be a greater role model on the team rather than just for a couple of individuals. It was a really good talk."

Mataele is planning about making a return visit to BYU.

"I just got done talking to Coach Steve Kaufusi recently about tripping back out there," said Mataele. "It will either be this weekend or next weekend. We'll see. I'm trying to figure that out right now and I'm currently taking a look at my schedule, so we'll see."

In the meantime, Mataele is currently working on getting his junior college transcripts sent to BYU prior to his unofficial visit.

"Yeah, the coaches want me to get all my transcript stuff taken care of," said Mataele. "I'm just working on getting all of that from my school and get everything taken care of and sent up to them so they can have it. Coach Kaufusi has been trying to get me to get those out there to him, and I want to try and get those out there to him before I go up there. I called him up and he said he needed those from me, so that's what I'm doing now before I go up there."

BYU has offered Mataele a scholarship, and having visited the campus once before, he holds the school high up on list.

"BYU is up there for me," said Mataele, who is LDS. "BYU is pretty much it because of religion and school. It's a good thing when you add them both together, you know.

"I'm considering BYU because it's just a place where the environment fits me as a person. I mean, I don't have to worry about my standards, because I'm LDS and live by my faith. But BYU, you know, you don't have to really worry about being influenced or involved with the boys going out and doing things that might not be to your standards. It's just the environment that you're in and what the focus of that environment is. I think that's the biggest difference and for me it's about being at a place where I feel comfortable."

With BYU graduating many senior defensive linemen following this year, the staff is looking hard to reload in time for a tough 2013 schedule. The Cougars already have one commit from 6-foot-5-inch, 330-pound Cerritos Junior College defensive tackle Ma'ataua Brown, but they need many more to fill the holes that will be left open after this season.

"They talked to me about that and said they need some d-linemen," said Mataele. "They said I could come in and compete. They never said I could come in and start, and, of course, anywhere else it's pretty much the same thing. You have to earn the chance to play and earn your spot to play."

When he does choose a college, Mataele aims on being there in time for spring ball next year.

"I haven't used my redshirt season yet, so I'll have three to play two years," Mataele said. "I'm a midyear transfer, so I'll be done by this December so I can be ready for spring camp next year. I want to be enrolled in time for next spring so I can get a head start and get going in time for the following season."

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