March 31, 2010
Ma'ataua Brown commits to UW
The Dawgs picked up commitment No. 4 today, with the pledge of Ma'ataua Brown, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound defensive tackle out of Paramount, Calif.
Brown took hardly any time to make his decision, despite being offered by the Huskies two months ago.
"Washington just where I wanted to go," he said. "I really like the coaches."
Handling Brown's recruitment was Doug Nussmeier, Washington's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Out of all the reasons Brown mulled over to pick Washington, it ended up being the school's academic history and it's reputation for graduating players that forced him to Go Purple and Be Gold.
"We've been talking on the phone a lot and I think they are the best school for my studies," he said. "They take care of their players in the classroom and that is what is most important to me."
Brown, who has received tremendous reviews about his strength and athleticism, attended USC's Rising Stars camp. He was in the process of being recruited by the Trojans, but there was no offer. He was, however, offered by Arizona approximately month ago.
Although he played both sides of the ball in 2009 for the 2-8 Pirates, and will continue to do so in the coming season, chances are he will become an offensive lineman, as the Huskies will be in need of such quality players in two years -- and Brown has been called by some as potentially the top offensive line prospect in his area.
Brown joins halfback Brandon Bigelow (Fresno) and athlete Elijhaa Penny (Norwalk) as the Dawgs continue to go after recruits from the state of California. Defensive back Evan Zeger is from Nevada by way of Washington.
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