A week ago, we talked to San Mateo (Calif.) Aragon defensive lineman Matangi Tonga who told us he was down to two schools. One of those two, BYU, Tonga visited this past weekend and raved about the visit.
Tonga, 6-1, 265 pounds is a talented player who could play end or tackle in college. He was just named to the CalHiSports all-state 1st team after earning all-state underclass honors a year ago.
As a senior, Tonga finished the year with 19 tackles for loss and 11 sacks while battling constant double and triple teams. He also stepped up on offense as a fullback and finished the year with 837 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns.
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"BYU was tight, I had a lot of fun," Tonga said. "My favorite thing was snowmobiling. We had a great time and I think that was everyone's favorite thing. My brother, Manase (a running back for BYU) was my host but it didn't really matter because I hung around with a bunch of Poly (Polynesian) guys.
"We also went to the BYU basketball game (a win over rival Utah) and to the mens volleyball game. They're supposed to be No. 1 in the country and it was really cool.
"Right now, I really like BYU a lot. The coaching staff and the surrounding area is great and everybody is really nice and made me feel welcome. I'm still going to trip to Oregon next week and then make my decision
shortly after that. I owe it to myself to go up there as I don't know much about the Oregon program right now."