Utah wasn't able to land a prospect from the state of Hawaii in 2014, but they're off to a great start in 2015 with athlete prospect Tuli Wily-Matagi out of Kahuka High School, who the Utes have been on for years.
"I met Coach Kalani in my 9th grade year when I was living in Los Angeles. Since then we've been in touch and I've called him a lot. I went up to the All Poly Camp last summer and got a chance to see him again. I was able to visit Utah and sit down with him. We just talked and here offered me. Since then, the entire time I was thinking about that offer and knew it was the right place for me."
Wily-Matagi was born in the Beehive state, living here until he was 3 or 4 years old.
"I was born in Provo, Utah and feel real comfortable with the area and the school. It's a great place."
The 6-3, 220 pounder currently plays quarterback at his school, but could end up at one of a number of positions at Utah.
"When I was talking to Kalani, he wanted me as a defensive end, but I'm think most comfortable at tight end. I just want to keep my options when I get there. The new offensive coordinator saw me at quarterback and liked it, so we'll see what happens. As a junior, my team needed me at quarterback and that's what I did. I played at tight end when I was a sophomore."
Utah's Poly-U slogan and mindset helped sway Wily-Matagi with how successful so many have been at Utah.
"Hawaii and the Polynesians in general. A lot of players from Hawaii go to Utah. When they come back, you see how they are. Utah has everything I want in a college."
Next up, the Islander is headed west for the Pylon 7 on 7 in Las Vegas, where he'll get to show off his skills in one of the biggest 7 on 7 events in the country.
"I'm going to Vegas for the Pylon 7 on 7. I have spring break that week so I might stop at Utah for a day or two. I'm also trying to get to junior day at Colorado. I just want to look around and see Colorado."
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