Profile: Matteo Mele
Position: Offensive Tackle
Location: Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic
Weight: 260 lbs.
Recruitment: Despite landing the offer from the Washington Huskies just last month, Mele saw enough on his visit to Seattle last week to come off the board Monday. The four-star prospect had taken visits to Oregon, Colorado and UCLA during the spring and was garnering a lot of national attention, including a latest offer from Oklahoma, but Washington sealed the deal with a convincing unofficial visit.
Scouting Report: Mele is a converted tight end with a promising frame, good flexibility and the athleticism to stay with any pass rusher at offensive tackle. His footwork and technique are still a work in progress, but Mele has a nasty streak and finishes his blocks with style, so that's obviously a good sign for a prospect that is still learning the ins and outs of the position. He keeps his feet moving through contact, extends his arms well to keep defenders at a distance and seals the edge well when he's called to do that. Mele isn't done growing physically and has size, strength and mass to gain, so it's very likely that he won't be counted on to be an instant contributor in Seattle, but he has high-major potential and should factor into the All-Pac-12 first-team conversation in the future.
Overall Analysis: The Huskies are recruiting at a different level coming off their first appearance in the College Football Playoff and Mele is the perfect example of that. Several other programs had joined the offer sheet and established relationships months and months before, but Washington jumped in, drew a visit and secured the big commitment shortly thereafter. That's the effect Chris Petersen and Co. can have and we're seeing it up and down the West Coast in this recruiting cycle. From a geographical standpoint, Mele is an important win in the state of Arizona for the Huskies, who whiffed on top targets Austin Jackson (Phoenix North Canyon) and Isaiah Pola-Mao (Phoenix Mountain Pointe) in February. And to beat out rival Oregon for Mele after he had visited Eugene less than two months ago could be considered icing on the cake.