Not even a global pandemic can stop Mario Cristobal and the Oregon recruiting machine. For the first time since the 2019 recruiting cycle, the Ducks have signed a tight end. Adidas All-American Bowl selection Moliki Matavao is the nation’s fourth-ranked tight end and fulfills a major need for the 2021 class.
At 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, the tight end out of Liberty High School in Henderson, Nevada intends to graduate in December and enroll in January in an attempt at earning early playing time. A conversation with offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead apparently won over the pass-catcher, who is eager to become a complete tight end.
Matavao had over 30 offers, including Stanford, USC, Alabama Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas and Wisconsin. The coveted recruit narrowed down his top four to Georgia, Oregon, Penn State and UCLA before announcing his commitment live on Instagram today.
Oregon’s 2021 class is now ranked No. 2 in the conference (behind USC) and is ranked 20th in the country. The class has nine pledges, so far, and is picking up speed. Go Ducks!