Utah State football coach Gary Andersen continues to add recruits to his incoming Aggies.
Elvis Matagi, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive lineman from King Kekaulike High School in Maui, gave Utah State a verbal commitment Saturday, his high school coach told the Deseret News.
“He’s pretty excited,” J.W. Kenton said. “The coaches at Utah State have been over hear a few times and I’ve known Chad (Kauha’aha’a)and coach (Alex) for a while. They’ve been talking to us and it’s good to get this done.”
Matagi is one of Hawaii’s top defensive linemen according to recruiting services such as Scout.com and Rivals.com. He’s been a factor in the Kekaulike program for four seasons, Kenton said, and gets more than his share of attention from opposing offensive lines.
“We ran a three down line and we put him in the middle,” Kenton said. “He caused a lot of triple teams. He always got double teamed but a lot of time they were triple teaming him.”
Matagi is the second defensive standout from Hawaii to commit to USU in as many days. 6-2 safety Wave Ryder from Kamehameha Secondary School gave Andersen a verbal pledge to sign with the Aggies on Friday.
Kenton said Matagi will be a good fit with Utah State.
“He’s extremely strong,” Kenton said. “He loves the weight room and he’s only going to get stronger.”
Here’s a link to a highlight video of Ryder if you’re interested.