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Saturday, December 19, 2009

A recruit named Elvis is coming from Hawaii to play for the Aggies

Utah State football coach Gary Andersen continues to add recruits to his list of 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 here a few times and I've known (defensive line coach) Chad (Kauha'aha'a) and (offensive line) coach (Alex) Gerke 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 and 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. Wave Ryder, a 6-2 safety, 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."

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