The Banning star committed to the Trojans on Sunday night after being expected to wait until signing day to make his final announcement.
Fred chose the Trojans over Notre Dame and he told PacWest Football that it was a tough decision based on many factors but in the end it was the local school that won out for this talented two way lineman.
"I like all the coaches a lot but I was really thinking about life after football and I know I want to live in Los Angeles when I'm through with college. Notre Dame may have better national alumni support, but in Southern California where I'll be living, a USC degree would be better for me. The distance was a small factor too since I'm so close with my family and I knew I couldn't leave home.
"Plus I really like the direction of USC's program. They have a great coaching staff and a lot of good players, they just need to gel together. I especially liked Kennedy Pola a lot. He was the one recruiting me and he was a big factor in my decision. I watch the team and I think all they need is some attitude and that's something I definitely bring to the table."
Matua has the opportunity to come in and see immediate playing time on either side of the ball but said that no final decision has been made on where he will play. He participated in the CA vs FL all star game last month as a defensive player and most think that is where his future lies but he also has the potential to be a terrific offensive guard and the Trojan coaches would love to have him start out on offense.
Matua was considered one of the remaining top gets for this recruiting class and the fact that he announced for the Trojans is a great way to kick off these final three days until signing day.