Four-star defensive tackle Matt Masifilo (6-2.5, 260, 4.95), from Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, Hawaii--continues to favor Stanford slightly over California and Washington. Oregon is no longer on his list of favorites.
"I had my official visit to California on December 1,” Masifilo said. “I watched the Bears win over the Cardinal (26-17). It was a good game to watch since I am considering both schools. I loved the school's atmosphere. What really caught my attention was how great the coaches are with the players. They are very interactive. They pay attention to everything.
"Nu'u Tafisi (defensive end) was my host. He introduced me to all the players and showed me around. Everyone seems to get along great. I have no complaints about the Bears. They have a great academic program. I met some of the professors and specifically inquired about the engineering program. Both their football program and their academic programs seem to be over the top.
"I had my official visit to Stanford this last weekend (December 8),” he said. “About ten recruits went to this visit and eight were already committed. I really don’t remember names so I couldn’t tell you who is committed and who isn’t. I was focusing on other things like the fact that the Cardinal doesn't have a head coach. I won’t be making a decision until I find out who their head coach will be.
“This visit was somewhat strange. It was an odd visit, not like other visits I have been on. It was finals week, so all the students were focusing on their studies. It was a ghost town. None of the coaches were present for the visit. The Athletic Director, (Bob Bowlsby), was present and I had a chance to speak to him regarding the head coach situation.
“He said a lot of interesting things,” Scout.com’s No. 23 ranked defensive tackle said. “First, that Stanford will not tolerate having a losing football team. The school has a great reputation for excelling in everything they do. He is working hard on hiring a head coach. In the past week he has flown to ten different cities to interview coaches. He knows that this is an urgent matter and plans to resolve it as quick as possible.
“He (Bowlsby) was also the athletic director for Iowa. He hired Iowa’s head coach (Kirk Ferentz) who has been with the school for about twenty years (not really). Now, Iowa is a major powerhouse. He plans on doing the same thing with Stanford. I was very impressed with Stanford’s athletic director and have a lot of faith in him.
“Washington has a lot of great qualities,” Masifilo said. “They are getting better and better. If their quarterback wouldn’t have gotten hurt, I think they would have made it to a bowl game. Coach Tyrone Willingham has only been with Washington for a couple of years. He needs more time; he also needs to add some more recruiting classes. I think this school is on the rise. I also like their aeronautical engineering program. Washington is a hot spot for the engineering field and I would have a lot of opportunities there.
“Growing up I loved Oregon. I still do. But Oregon is a liberal arts college and it wouldn’t be a good fit for me. I’m going in a completely different direction. I can’t get the engineering education that I am looking for at Oregon. I can’t simply attend a school for the football program. Some guys do. Engineering is too important to me to make the decision simply based on football.
“All three of my favorite schools have qualities that I like,” Masifilo said. “All three schools have qualities that my parents like. I can’t make a decision when one school is missing a key element. Stanford has everything I want, except a complete coaching staff. I haven’t made any relationships with any of the coaches at Stanford because they have been busy taking care of a team with no head coach. They still have a slight lead, but I want to wait and see who the head coach will be. I have a feeling that the athletic director will find a coach who is going to make a huge difference.”
Masifilo reports a 4.0 core GPA and 1810 SAT.