Mid-January Target
Matthew Masifilo (Scout.com
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Jan 8, 2007
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com

Hawaiian defensive tackle Matt Masifilo hopes to make his decision in mid-January after he visits with the coaches from Washington, Stanford and California one last time. Matt is not tipping his hand just yet, but one thing is certain - he's very serious about his academics and getting an engineering degree.

Four-star defensive tackle Matt Masifilo (6-2.5, 260, 4.95), from Campbell High in Ewa Beach (Hawaii), continues to favor Washington, Stanford and California.

"It's gonna be where I'm the most comfortable," said Masifilo of his impending decision. "All these schools have great programs and academics. You can argue forever about who's best, but in the end none of that matters."

Masifilo, ranked No. 22 by Scout.com as a defensive tackle, has taken four official visits and doesn't plan on taking a fifth. "I'd just be wasting some schools time," he said.

He visited Washington on Nov. 11 and was very impressed with the Huskies. "I really like the area a lot and I think the coaches have them moving in the right direction. Coach Tyrone Willingham has one recruiting class under his belt and he's got a good record with recruiting top players and turning teams around.

"Washington also has great academic support," Masifilo said. "The athletes are treated like real students and I got to tour the engineering department and was really impressed."

In fact, the lack of an engineering program is ultimately what caused Masifilo to take Oregon off his list. He visited the Ducks on Nov. 4 and for awhile they were his favorite team. "I was seriously considering choosing Oregon because I had liked them for a long time," Masifilo said. "My grandparents live up there and I thought it was the perfect situation, but they don't have an engineering program. They are a liberal arts school and I didn't want to compromise my education. I've wanted to be an engineering major forever."

With Masifilo being so serious about an engineering degree, it's no surprise that Cal is one of his favorites. "They are the number one public university in the country," Masifilo said.

The Bears have been recruiting him the hardest all season and Masifilo has an in-home visit scheduled with defensive line coach Ken Delgado on Jan. 15. "I've probably developed the closest relationship with coach Delgado," Masifilo said.

"Cal has amazing athletes," Masifilo said. "Coach (Jeff) Tedford is known for recruiting speed and they teach their players well. They execute really well and don't make a lot of mistakes. The team also seems to have a special bond."

The last official visit Masifilo took was to Stanford and he says that the new Cardinal head coach, Jim Harbaugh, is also coming to his house on Jan. 15. "I've talked with him over the phone a few times and he seems very energetic and he's got charisma," Masifilo said. "He seems very involved and I'm looking forward to meeting him in person.

"I think after I meet with all these coaches one more time, I'll be able to decide," Masifilo said.

"I'm going to write down all the good things about each school and rank the importance of each one on a scale of 1-10 and hopefully that will help me make my decision.

"I know Signing Day is coming up," Masifilo said. "Washington is pretty close to filling all their spots, while Cal said they are taking four defensive lineman this year and have none committed yet.

"I'll make the best out of wherever I go. I could see myself playing at any of these schools," Masifilo said.

He reports a 4.0 core GPA and an 1810 SAT.

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