San Mateo's Tonga talks recruiting

San Mateo is headed to the California State Championship game this coming weekend to face off against Mt. San Antonio, and caught up with the Bulldogs' big-time DT Matangi Tonga (6-3, 285) and he updated us on things including where the recruiting process will take him the following weekend...

Tonga has had a huge season for San Mateo this season, posting 53 tackles, 17 tackles-for-loss and 10 sacks while helping to lead the Bulldogs to a 10-1 record and they're one step away from a California State Championship, however, one team stands in their way -- Mt. San Antonio.

"We had a great season, but it isn't over yet," Tonga told Sunday afternoon. "We have Mt. SAC this weekend and our coaches went down there over the weekend to watch them since we haven't seen them play yet this year.

"We had a lot of records this year. I think it was the first time we had beaten City College (of San Francisco) for the first time in 20 years, or something like that. I know it hadn't been since our coach now was playing here, so it had been a while.

"We're just playing with confidence and I feel like we're talented enough to do it. We'll get ready this week and it should be a fun game this weekend."

Recruiting has taken a bit of a back seat for Tonga as he prepares for one of the biggest games of his career, but he knows that's the next step for him.

"I already visited Washington and that visit went great," Tonga said. "I haven't talked to them in a few weeks so I'm not really sure what's going on with them right now.

"Oregon State was another school I was really looking at, but I haven't been able to set up anything with them so I'm probably not visiting them.

"Next weekend I'll visit Houston and UTEP just offered me (Sunday evening) and they'll be on campus this week and I will sit down and talk to them about things.

"I'm planning to sign with a school this month, so I know after my game I'll need to focus on that, but I also have school and stuff so it will be pretty crazy until the end of the year, that's for sure."

We'll continue to keep track of Tonga's progress and update news as it happens. He'll have one year of eligibility left wherever he ends up and that fact is the reason he hasn't been offered by more schools.

"Pretty much every school that's been through here and I'm talking about the big-time, national programs, has seen Matangi play and they have come to us asking 'how can we get him?'," CSM defensive coordinator Tim Tulloch told earlier this season. "But because he's a one-for-one guy, they all have pretty much said they can't take him.

"He could be playing in the NFL very soon, so whoever gets him will be really happy they have such an outstanding player."

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