UCLA Tries With Norcal D-Lineman

Matangi Tonga, the 6-1, 260-pound defensive tackle prospect from San Mateo (Calif.) Aragon, has a list of schools that have offered him a scholarship and is waiting on two favorites that have yet to offer him...

San Mateo (Calif.) Aragon defensive end Matangi Tonga (6-1, 260) is still standing at five scholarship offers, as the beginning of his season approaches.

To date, UCLA, Arizona State, Nebraska, Idaho and BYU have all extended offers to Tonga. BYU received a commitment from his older brother, Manaese, earlier this year.

"I'm still hearing from Cal and USC and am waiting for them to offer me. Those are my two favorites probably. I like BYU a lot too, so they'd be up there. UCLA and Arizona State, I'm looking at too," said Tonga, who is being recruited by UCLA tight ends coach Jon Embree.

Tonga said his brother going to BYU wouldn't play a huge role in where he decides to go. "With him going to BYU, it doesn't make a difference. I've liked them before he chose them. I went to USC for one of their camps and I did real good. If they offered me, I might commit to them," said Tonga.

In regard to UCLA, Tonga said he has been impressed with the UCLA coaches, specifically Embree. "Coach Embree is a cool coach. He said they really like me and think I'd do good there," said Tonga.

Aside from the USC Camp, Tonga attended the Nike Camp at Stanford. He jumped 27 inches and ran a 4.8 forty. "I think I showed what I can do and that I can move pretty good," said Tonga.

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

Academically, Tonga has a 3.1 and took the SAT in June.


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