UCLA invited recruits to a BBQ on campus today to show off the new Wasserman Football Center and the new building is already paying off with recruiting. That’s because, today, the Bruins landed not one, not two, but three big recruits.
Bruin Report Online called it “one of [UCLA]’s biggest days in recruiting since Jim Mora has been UCLA's coach. Perhaps it’s its biggest non-National Signing Day day.”
One of those recruits is Matthew Tago. Tago is a 3-star inside linebacker from Lancaster Quartz Hill HS. Scout ranks him as the number four linebacker in the West and thirteenth nationally. While both Scout and 247Sports list Tago as a 3-star recruit, Scout’s respected analyst Brandon Huffman says he’s a four-star recruit. According to 247 Sports, Tago was thought to be leaning towards Southern Cal. Apparently, after receiving an offer from UCLA last week, his mind was made up.
Tago announced his commitment on Twitter.
Tago is 6’4” tall and weighs in at 228 pounds. At Quartz Hill, he has played both quarterback and inside linebacker. UCLA has recruited him as an inside linebacker.
Here are his junior year highlights from Hudl. Now, the first eight minutes of the video focus on his offensive highlights. At about the eight-minute, the focus shifts to defense.
From those highlights, Tago looks like a decent quarterback, but he’s been recruited by UCLA as a linebacker. I do have to say that those light blue Quartz Hill jerseys look...umm...slightly familiar.
Tago was being recruited by Southern Cal, Oregon State, Washington State, Colorado, BYU and Boise State plus a few other schools.
Welcome to Westwood, Matthew!