Donny Mateaki To Washington

<b>Donny Mateaki</b>, a 6-6, 265-pound defensive end from Honolulu, Hawaii made his future intentions known, and they have a purple and gold tinge to them. Tonight he verbally committed to Coach Tom Williams and the <b>University of Washington</b> Huskies.

"I told Coach Williams that I want to make it official. I've decided on a school and it's the University of Washington," the defensive end from Iolani High School told We kept the conversation to a minimum, as Donny was still in the process of contacting the head man for the Dawgs. "I tried to get a hold of Coach Neuheisel a couple of times, but he wasn't available. I'm going to keep trying to let him know."

Donny will probably take one more visit, to the University of Hawaii January 11th, but that is looking like more of a formality than anything. "I'm going to check out UH (Hawaii), but I'm pretty much done," he said. "I'm going to Washington."

Mateaki was a Second Team All-State and 1st team ILH selection as a junior and Second Team ILH selection as a sophomore. With a 4.8 40 and a 405-pound bench press, he'll be a welcome addition to the Husky D-line. "They want me to play the defensive end spot on the tight end side," he said. "I think there's a chance I could come in and play next year."

So what swayed Donny in the direction of Seattle, as opposed to Lincoln, Nebraska, Eugene, Oregon or Tucson, Arizona? "It was just a perfect fit when I took my trip," said Mateaki. "The football, the academics, the environment, the team's the place for me." Top Stories