D-Lineman Has Offers, Favorites

UCLA has been on Mantangi Tonga, the 6-1, 260-pound defensive lineman from San Mateo (Calif.) Aragon, for a while and is one of five schools that have offered him a scholarship, while another school is his current favorite...

San Mateo (Calif.) Aragon defensive end Matangi Tonga (6-1, 260) has five scholarship offers so far, and UCLA is one from that quintet.

In addition to the Bruins, Arizona State, Nebraska, Idaho and BYU have all offered Tonga. BYU has already received a commitment from his brother Manaese, who just completed a Mormon mission.

BYU is one of the two leaders for Tonga's services, with USC being the other one. He said, "My brother going to BYU is not really a factor. I like USC a lot right now. I went to their one-day camp and did real good there. They are my favorite right now."

UCLA, Arizona State and Cal round out his top five, with Washington just on the outside.

UCLA tight end coach Jon Embree is recruiting Tonga for the Bruins. "Coach Embree seems real cool. I might go check UCLA out this summer," said Tonga.

At the Nike Camp at Stanford, Tonga clocked a 4.8, and jumped 27 inches. He felt his performance there was one of the better ones. "A lot of the coaches told me they thought I was one of the best defensive linemen there," said Tonga.

During his junior season, Tonga had 50-plus tackles, 25 for loss and added 11 sacks.

He said he was not sure if he would be doing any camps this summer.

Academically, Tonga has a 3.2 and took the SAT on June 4.

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