Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.) athlete Malone Mataele has received a lot of attention recently from programs near and far. He holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado, Purdue, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Virigina and Washington State among others.
For a guy who makes plays on both sides of the ball, he likes the option of being plugged in at multiple positions but would choose offense if he had the choice.
“Most schools are offering me as an athlete, but a side of the ball that I am most fluid in would be on the offensive side of the ball.”
Tailback, slot receiver, cornerback, nickel, safety, returner, he just wants to find the field.
“Right now, I’m working both offensively and defensively," Mataele said. "I will split it up evenly.”
“I’m glad I’m an athlete because it opens a lot new doorways and gives me a better vision," the four-star athlete said. "If I solely have a position in college, it gives me more an opportunity to fit in in a program.”
The Stanford coaching staff has talked to him about his versatility and offered him as an athlete to not limit his options on the field.
“When they offered me, they broke down to me that they wanted to offer me as an athlete. They want me to do what I’m doing now in high school. “
That’s just one of the reasons he likes the Cardinal.
“Stanford was definitely a big offer for me," Mataele said. "I know that coming out with that Stanford degree, football doesn’t last forever. That degree will make sure that I’m set for life. I’ll meet new people. I’ll meet good people who will be our future’s leaders.”
For now, Mataele is working on all facets of his game on both sides of the ball.
“I’ve been watching DeAnthony Thomas," the speedster said. "I’ve always tried to work myself to be as quick and as explosive as him. Just seeing how explosive he was and that twitch, just made me want to perfect my game.”
Mataele hopes to commit in the first semester of his senior year.