Oregon still leads for 4-Star Defensive Lineman

We saw Mathew Malele, the 6-1, 305 pound defensive lineman from Carson (Calif.) in the Colts first game of the season when they took on Long Beach Jordan. Malele was a little quiet in the game but he has been making plenty of noise ever since and is playing like the All-American he is.

Malele is one of those players who never takes a down off and plays as hard as he can every second he's on the field. He's very quick off the ball and can be overpowering when he wants to be. Malele is very tough against the run and stands up well at the point of attack.

The game we saw, Malele struggled a bit getting off blocks and getting up the field. He has the strength to simply throw his man aside but looked as if he was more comfortable trying to out maneuver his man.

"He's turned it on in the last few weeks big time," assistant coach Derek Collins said. "He's back to be the dominating Mathew we need. He was great against Clovis West last weekend and is coming on very strong right now."

Malele totaled 10 tackles and two quarterback-sacks and has season totals of 24 tackles, eight for loss and three quarterback sacks in four games this season.

On the recruiting front, Malele still has just one visit set up and that's with Tennessee (Nov 9). He has already visited Oregon officially and the Ducks still lead Washington, USC, Tennessee, Stanford and Notre Dame.

"I'm going to wait a little while before I set my other trips," Malele said. "I'm looking forward to seeing what Tennessee is all about and I know I'll have a good time there. Right now, I'm just focusing on schoolwork and my football season. I really want to win a city championship this year, that means everything."

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