Penn State could be in store for some more good news on the recruiting trail in two weeks. One of its top overall offensive targets, 2021 four-star tight end Moliki Matavao will be announcing his commitment on May 27.
I am announcing my commitment on May 27th...— Moliki Matavao (@MatavaoMoliki) May 15, 2020
Matavao brings a huge frame to the position, with even more room to grow. Given his size as a junior in high school, it's likely he grows into a 260-270 pound tight end. He brings a good base of athleticism to the position, but at the size he'll likely play in college, Matavao will be an outstanding blocker with the ability slip out and be effective in the pass game.
He doesn't possess the elite playmaking ability of Mike Gesicki or Pat Freiermuth, but he's no slouch as a pass catcher at all, and his ability as a blocker blends nicely with 2020 tight end signee Theo Johnson. His fit in the offense would be fantastic and he'd provide another weapon of the future for Christian Veilleux. He would also make it two straight classes with a prospect from Sin City heading East to State College. Three-star quarterback Micah Bowens signed with Penn State in the 2020 class out of legendary Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.
Matavao has yet to visit Happy Valley, but did have a trip set for March before that was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Should the Nittany Lions land yet another elite prospect at tight end, plenty of credit should go to Tyler Bowen, who has quickly cemented his place as one of the best in the country both coaching and recruiting the position.