Last Little Link
Matthew Masifilo (PIAA)
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Nov 27, 2006
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com


"I really liked my Oregon official visit. It was so cool," said Matt Masifilo. "I got to play paintball with the freshman players. I couldn't believe the atmosphere at the Oregon/Washington game (34-14 Oregon). The crowd is crazy...They had signs with the recruits' names and chanting for us to pick Oregon...But face it, how many people get to go to Stanford with an offer? It's such an honor…"

Four-star defensive/offensive lineman Matt Masifilo (6-2.5, 260, 4.95), from Ewa Beach Campbell (Hawaii), still favors Stanford slightly over California, Oregon and Washington. All have offered.

"Stanford is currently my number one choice," Masifilo said. "I plan on taking all my official visits before making a final decision. I plan to make my decision before Christmas. I don't want to go into the holidays with still having a decision to make.

"This week I'm getting ready for my official visit to California on December 1. I'm really excited about it. You learn so much on your official visits. I've been talking with Coach (Ken) Delgado (defensive line) a lot. He's very supportive and answers all my questions. He's honest and up-front.

"The big visit is to Stanford. I'll be going on December 8. I've seen their campus three times on my own and have read all there is on the school's academic and football programs. The last little link is whether or not I feel comfortable with the players," said Scout.com's No. 23 ranked defensive tackle.

"Stanford is such a great location. Not only do I have family that lives in the area, but it will be easy for my family in Hawaii to fly to and from for my games. I love the strong tradition at Stanford and the demand for excellence. Even though their team hasn't been doing that well, they still produce one of the highest percentage rates of NFL players. The coaches are really working hard with the team and I think we are going to start to see a change.

"I really liked my Oregon official visit. It was so cool," he said. "I got to play paintball with the freshman players. I couldn't believe the atmosphere at the Oregon/Washington game (won by Oregon 34-14). The crowd is crazy--they can't be beat. They had signs with the recruits' names and chanting for us to pick Oregon. My grandparents live in Oregon. If I did go there that would be cool. But face it, how many people get to go to Stanford with an offer? It's such an honor.

"Even though I was recently hurt (right elbow dislocation in third game), my offers didn't waver and the schools were very supportive. They have confidence that I will work hard as a freshman," Masifilo said.

Masifilo reports a 4.0 core GPA and an 1810 SAT.


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