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Matayo Uiagalelei commits to Pac-12 school

Matayo Uiagalelei in pads

Aug 26, 2022; Allen, TX, USA; St. John Bosco Braves defensive lineman Matayo Uiagalelei (11) during the Prep Gridiron Tom Landry Classic between St. John Bosco Braves and the Allen Eagles at Eagle Stadium at Allen High School. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Five-star defensive lineman Matayo Uiagalelei surprised a number of observers on Wednesday by committing to a somewhat unexpected Pac-12 school.

The five-star edge rusher out of St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California had previously been uncommitted. His commitment to Oregon was announced by his high school coach, Jason Negro.

The younger brother of ex-Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, Matayo is a consensus top-100 recruit widely touted as a potential star. Oregon appeared to gain momentum to land him late in the process, as Ohio State and USC had looked like the clearest contenders for him until things shifted just before signing day.

The Ducks have been on a roll all week. They also landed a high-profile flip from four-star quarterback Austin Novosad on Wednesday. Still, Uiagalelei may end up being the star attraction from the class.


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