Defensive Instincts

Hawaii defensive/offensive lineman Matthew Masifilo (6-2.5, 260, 4.9), from Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, said that he equally favors Stanford, California and Oregon. All have offered. "In high school I play on offense, but at camps and combines I've played on defense, too...

Matthew Masifilo Profile

"In high school I play on offense, but at camps and combines I've played on defense, too. I prefer defensive line. I think I would be better used there because I have good instincts. Instead of being aware of what other teammates are doing, there is more getting to the ball and being your own playmaker as a defensive lineman," said Masifilo, a four-star prospect.

"I've had no prior coaching for defensive line, so I want to improve on my defensive technique. I improved my pass blocking skills in spring. What makes me stand out on film is when strictly running offense, I get downfield to block almost every play. I'm smart to know how to make every play longer.

"I went to the Nike combine at Stanford on May 13. That's where I practiced on defense and got a lot of my recruiting after that. Stanford is recruiting me mainly on defensive line but they said I would have a choice. A whole side of my family lives in the Bay Area. What I love about the school most is its commitment to excellence, which makes it stand out from other schools. So many athletes from all different sports at Stanford have gone to the next level after playing at college there. I'm starting to fill out my application," Masifilo said.

"I went to California's camp right after Stanford. The atmosphere felt right at Berkeley—I could see myself living there for the next four years. It's a liberal community, they have high academics, and even though this isn't a good reason to choose a school, I like the coaches a lot. They are innovative and would probably be dependable staff through my college years. California is also the only school where I've been able to talk to one of their defensive linemen, and that's the only position I am being recruited for there.

"I haven't decided for sure if I want to get a degree in engineering. I want to take trips to Stanford and Cal Berkeley to take a look at what it would take class-wise, and also the classroom environment. If I do choose that major, then Oregon would be out of the picture because they don't have an engineering school.

"But I've followed Oregon since I was really young. I went to camp there last summer and they want me mainly as an offensive lineman but they said I could choose. I think I can learn a lot from the coaches. Oregon's players seem to be in the spotlight just because the athletic program there is so good and the facilities are amazing. My grandparents live in the state, too," Masifilo said.

"California and Oregon are projected to be in the top 15 in the nation next year. But I like that all three of my favorite schools are on the west coast in the Pac-10. Since I'm going to take official visits, I want to commit in December."

Masifilo reports a 4.0 core GPA and an 1810 SAT.

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