Brown commits to Washington

Washington picked up commit number four on Wednesday when Paramount (Ca.) DT/OL Maataua Brown decided to end things early in the recruiting process and pledge to the Huskies. was able to speak with Paramount head coach Matt Howard about things and he raved about his athleticism, intensity and strenght among other things.

" Washington was real persistent in their recruitment of Ma," Howard told shortly after running his players through a workout. "He's taking part in track so we don't see him much in our workouts right now, but the guy is an outstanding athlete -- he's rated the number one discus competitor in the state -- and he's just a big, physical freak of nature for us down here."

Maataua started both ways for Paramount last year and while Howard thinks he could be successful on either side of he ball, he said his own background makes him think offense is where he's headed.

"I'm an old offensive line coach so I think he's a better fit there, but he loves playing defense," Howard said. "All offensive linemen think they can be D-linemen so I'm sure he could do both, but with his size -- he's almost 6'6" and he's about 310 pounds right now -- he's a guy who could be an outstanding offensive tackle."

According to Howard, Maataua was impressed with what Washington had to offer, as far as on the field and in the classroom.

"Honestly, he has some work to do to get qualified, but I think with the plan they have for him and getting all of his core classes worked out that he'll get it done," Howard said. "He works hard and I know he really likes what that school has to offer. He'll get the work done and he'll be a great pickup for them."

Besides the Huskies, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State were all recruiting the talented lineman, but Howard was unsure if they had officially offered.

"They all told me they liked him and wanted to offer, but I'm not sure it got that far with them," Howard said. "Ma came in today and said 'coach, I want to be a Dawg' and that was pretty much it. He's really excited and really happy.

"He's not a kid who will go against his word. Once he made the commitment it was over. He's excited about Washington and wants to be a Dawg."

In addition to his impressive size, Howard said Maataua is currently benching 365 pounds, squatting 405 and he's power-cleaning 315.

Brown has been rated a three-star early in the evaluation process by which means he's in the top 300 in the country.

He joins FB/DE Elijhaa Penny, S Evan Zeger and RB Brendon Bigelow as commits for the Washington's 2011 recruiting class.

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