And Then There Were Two

Matangi Tonga will not know if he repeats as a First Team All-State honoree until the 15th of December, but one thing he does know is that his two top colleges choices are now narrowed down to the Ducks of Oregon and the Cougars of BYU.

"The only schools that are showing the most interest right now are Oregon and BYU," Matangi Tonga said. "Coach Doman is coming up tomorrow to talk with me. He's a nice guy. He calls me once in awhile to see how I'm doing. I have a trip set up to Oregon on the 9th [December]. When Coach Doman comes out tomorrow we're going to schedule my trip up to BYU. Those are my top two schools right now."

So does he have a favorite out of the two?

"I'm not sure right now," Tonga said. "I'm just going to check out both colleges and see."

With his brother playing as a freshman fullback at BYU, and the defensive line situation favoring early playing time for underclassmen, it is natural to conclude that the attraction of playing for BYU would be more favorable.

Aragon High School in San Mateo, California went 9-1 on the regular season and lost in the first round to St. Vincent High School. Tonga was pleased with his personal performance despite the loss.

"We lost in the first round of the play-offs," Tonga said. "We played all the private schools first and we lost to St. Vincent High School. I played pretty good though. During the season, we went 9-2. I played both defensive end and fullback."

When you are physical, relentless and considered one of the top defensive ends in the state of California, opposing offenses typically run away from your side of the field. Such was the case for the 6'2", 260-pound Tonga.

"I did alright," Tonga said. "A lot of schools ran to the other side and away from me, but I still had 10 sacks and a handful of tackles for losses. I had around 20 tackles for a loss during the season.

As a two-way player, Tonga also lines up in the offensive backfield, just like his older brother Manase who played fullback as a true at BYU.

"As a fullback I think I had 20 touchdowns and around 800 yards," Tonga said. "I think [Manase] did good out there. He's a whole different person when he's on the football field."

Tonga is going to wait until after he takes his trips to both Oregon and BYU before he publicizes his decision on where he will play football. Until then TBS will continue to monitor Tonga's recruiting experiences and trips.


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