Cali All-State DL Not Rushing

Total Blue Sports recently caught up with four-star defensive end Matangi Tonga from San Mateo, California. Like many of his fellow recruits, Tonga is splitting his attention between preparing for his upcoming season and evaluating his recruiting options.

"Right now I have offers from UCLA, BYU, ASU, Nebraska, and Idaho," said Matangi Tonga. "My top 3 schools are USC, UCLA, and BYU."

The 6'2", 250-pound defensive end said that he has not been offered by USC yet but went down to the USC camp at the beginning of the summer and really enjoyed the experience.

Tonga, who was named first team all-state his junior year, is hearing a lot from BYU and said that Coach Doman is one of the coaches to have contacted him.

"Coach Doman is really nice," Tonga said. "I have never been to Provo, but I will probably take an official to BYU the first week in January."

This summer, Tonga said he has been working out hard with his Aragon High School teammates and has a goal to win a championship. Tonga, who runs a 4.8 forty, said that his strengths on the football field are being a great run stopper and getting physical on the line. He said his weakness is pass rushing but plans to improve on that.

Another thing Tonga wants to improve on is he SAT score. He has not yet recorded a qualifying score, but hopes to get the necessary mark the next time he takes the test.

Tonga is really enjoying the recruiting process and plans to let it go on as long as possible. He indicated that he would wait until February to make a decision on a school.

As far as family influence goes, Tonga said his family will be supportive where ever he goes, but he will be interested to see how his brother likes BYU. Manase Tonga is the older brother of Matangi and a recent scholarship recipient at BYU. Matangi said that Manase will report to BYU in about a week.

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