Masifilo Moving Forward

He told us last week that he was putting his recruitment on hold while he waited for Stanford to hire a head coach. With the announcement of Jim Harbaugh as the new Cardinal skipper, four-star Hawaii defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo updates us on the timetable and process with which he will make his difficult college decision.

Ewa Beach (Hawaii) Campbell High School two-way lineman Matthew Masifilo (6-2.5, 260) is done with his official visits, and the four schools to which he tripped have now become three schools that he is considering.

"I took the four trips I wanted to," says Masifilo.  "I've cleared Oregon out, so now its between Washington, Stanford and Cal.  I'm going to sit down with my parents, map things out - all the pros and cons.  It's going to be really hard.  I love something about each of these three programs."

With Masifilo just finishing up his finals, he's been keeping himself relaxed despite the looming decision he'll be making.

"I just finished finals so next week is when we'll start narrowing it down," Masifilo shares.  "Each of the three schools I could see myself being successful at.  It's a deeply-thought decision, and its hard to just off-the-bat compare them.  I know I have to pick out one I like more."

Masifilo says that each of his three remaining schools sees his future on the defensive line, but aside from Cal, he could end up as an offensive lineman.

"Cal straightforward wants me on the D-Line.  Stanford said D-line or maybe O-Line.  Washington has been mostly D-Line.  Washington only has like one to two more spots open on the D-Line; Cal has about four.  Stanford has a few more available," Masifilo details.

The four-star standout insists that no leader has emerged.

"To tell you the truth, they are all pretty even," Masifilo maintains.  "I really don't have a favorite right now."

Masifilo, who has already received admittance to Stanford, says that he wanted to wait to see what the Cardinal did in hiring their new head coach before he made an attempt to narrow his choices down.

"Coach [Jim] Harbaugh called me but I was off at the beach, so I am going to call him back.  I want to see who he is keeping on his coaching staff, so I'm going to ask him about that," the recruit relates.

With Christmas on Monday, Masifilo forecasts beginning the process with his parents the following day and says he could have a decision by the end of the week.

"I don't want too wait too much longer," Masifilo offers.  "My decision might be made before New Year's."

Masifilo is in fine shape academically, owning a 4.0 GPA and an 1810 on the SAT.


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