Matua Still On Hold

The fierce lineman from Los Angeles Banning, Fred Matua, says he's still wide open. But he hints that a couple of schools could be leading for him and talks about the issue of leaving home to go to college...

Fred Matua, 6-2, 280, Los Angeles (Calif.) Banning, said he's still "open" in recruiting and it's mostly on hold until his high school season ends.

Matua has been out for three weeks with a broken leg and has watched his high school team go to 1-4 on the season. He said that he expects to play soon, and expects his team to win the next three weeks so they can get into the L.A. City playoffs in November.

"Because of my season, right now, I haven't been paying much attention to recruiting. I've told all the schools recruiting me I'm not going to make a decision until after the season."

Matua said he's still considering a big list of schools and hasn't started to narrow it down. "UCLA, USC, Florida, Miami, Tennessee, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Clemson," he said. "And those are just the ones I'm remembering right now. There's more."

While Matua maintains that he is open and hasn't narrowed down a list, he did hint that there were some schools that he regarded highly. "I'm still open, yeah. But there are a couple of schools that are right there."

When asked if, as rumor has it, that it would probably come down between UCLA and USC, Matua said, "If I want to stay close to home, UCLA and USC, they'll be battling it out. I just haven't decided whether I want to stay close to home."

Matua said that his family might have some influence on whether he stays close or leaves. "I would like to leave, but at the same time I want my family to watch my games. If I stayed closed, I could go home and my family would be right there."

Matua said he hasn't set any dates for official visits yet. "The coaches are asking. But I haven't gotten around to it yet. I'm still trying to see what's going to happen with my season. So I haven't set one date." Matua did say, though, that he intends to visits UCLA and USC, and he'll start taking visits during the latter part of December and through January.

Matua, who said he probably wants to play defense in college, also said that when picking a school he wants to go somewhere where he'll be among college football's elite. "I want to go to a place where I'll play against the best," Matua said. "I want to go to a top team."

He also doesn't want to spend a year redshirting. "I don't think I should redshirt. I think I could come in and play right now."

The fierce linemen said he has a 3.8 GPA and scored a 880 on his SAT.


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