Defensive end Hercules Mata'afa of Lahainaluna High School in Lahaina, Hawai'i joined the 2014 Washington State recruiting class by faxing in his letter of intent on National Signing Day. Mata'afa chose WSU over offers from Oregon State, San Diego State and New Mexico State.
The recruiting sites are split on evaluations of Mata'afa. The composite ranking from 247 Sports has him as a 3-star prospect, but 247 pegs him as just a 2-star along with Scout. Rivals and ESPN see the Hawai'ian as a 3-star, and apparently that was enough to bump up his composite score.
If Mata'afa is to be a defensive end on WSU's 3-man line, plenty of time at the buffet is in his future. Mata'afa checks in a 6-foot-3, 220. Logan Mayes was the Cougs' smallest defensive lineman in the two-deep last season at 245 pounds, and he ended up leaving the program.
That might mean Mata'afa moves to the hybrid BUCK role, where his size fits right in with 6-foot-2, 225 Kache Palacio. To decide for yourself where Mata'afa will fit best, check out this pair of highlight videos: