Matteo Mele

Mele Excited About UW Offer

On Thursday, Washington offered one of the top 2018 offensive tackles out West, Salpointe Catholic's (Tucson, Az.) Matteo Mele, and he now says the Huskies are one of his top schools...

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"Coach (Scott) Huff and I have been talking for a little while, but it's basically been this last week that we've really made a lot of contact," Mele told Dawgman.com. "He came down and watched me practice and then today he called me and we talked and he said he liked the way I play, how athletic I am and he thinks I will be a good fit for what they do, so he wanted to offer me a scholarship."

The offer couldn't have come at a better time for the Dawgs as the number one tackle in Arizona, as rated by Scout.com, said he's planning to pare his list down in the next couple of weeks. 

"I'm glad they offered because I really have been interested in them for a while and I am going to narrow my list of top schools down," Mele noted. "Washington will definitely be one of those schools.

"I really like their program a lot and they are definitely a team that has a lot of momentum right now with how they did last year. I know that I'd have a chance to go up there and compete and get better if I chose to sign with them."

In addition to his offer from the Dawgs, Mele also sports offers from schools like UCLAColoradoOregonWashington State and the two in-state Pac 12 schools among others.

"I took a few visits in April -- UCLA, Colorado and Oregon and ASU and UA -- so I was really busy," Mele said. "I am in the middle of spring ball right now so I am just going to take things easy here over the next month or so and then I am planning a trip with my family to get up to Washington to check things out up there.

"It could happen in June for their camp (Rising Stars Camp on June 16th) or it could happen in July when they have another camp (the Dirt Dawgs Camp on July 15th), or I could just get up there for an unofficial visit," Mele said. "I've been to Seattle before, back when I was like 10, but I've never been up to see the University of Washington, so this is a great opportunity for me to come up and see what the school has to offer."

One of the most intriguing things about Mele is how young he is to the position he's playing. In fact, he's a relative infant when you consider that he's never played tackle before.

"Up until this spring, I'd always been a tight end, but if you watch my film, about 90% of my plays are blocking, so it's not like I'm not used to blocking," Mele noted. "I mean, it's a little different, the footwork isn't the same and some of your assignments are different, but for the most part, it's been a pretty smooth transition for me.

"I'm 6'6 right now and I've added a couple of pounds, so I'm currently at 267 right now, and I'd like to play this fall around 275 or 280, but for the most part, I think what really helps me is how athletic I am for a guy my size. Lots of guys aren't able to run like I do or be as quick as I am at the size I am, so that's something that should help me out as I make the transition."

With the move to a new position and recruiting in full swing, Mele said he has a timeline for when he'd like to make his decision.

"I'd definitely like to make my commitment in July if I am ready," Mele said. "It will allow me to focus on my senior season and also start planning for my future."

Whenever he decides to commit to a school, Mele has a good idea of what he'll be looking for in his future home.

"First off, it needs to be a good school. A place that will help set me up for the rest of my life with my education," Mele said. "Another big thing will be the players and coaches at the school. Do I see myself bonding with them and forming those long-term relationships that will last a lifetime with that group. What's the atmosphere there? Is it like a family? Stuff like that is very important to me and it's going to be a big part of my decision."

Rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com, Mele is a top 300 prospect, regardless of position, and he's the top-rated tackle prospect in Arizona and he ranks number three out West.

We'll have more on Mele in the coming weeks as he prepares to visit Montlake and gets closer to making his decision.

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