HAWAII GROWN: Mata’afa to declare for NFL Draft

Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch spoke with defensive lineman Hercules Mata'afa after a win over Stanford in Pullman, Wash., on Nov. 4. Associated Press photo.

Hercules Mata‘afa, the former Lahainaluna Lunas star, tweeted Sunday that he is declaring for the NFL Draft.


Mata‘afa, a defensive tackle for Washington State, will skip his senior season with the Cougars. He was a consensus All-American and finished as a semifinalist for the Bednariki and Watler Camp Awaards.


“I’ve decided to forego my senior year … to pursue a dream I’ve had since I was a kid,” he wrote on Twitter. “I have had an incredible journey at WSU and I couldn’t be more grateful for the coaches, teammates, fans, friends, community and family who have helped me along the way.”


COMMENTS

  1. 2dahouse December 31, 2017 9:12 pm

    Another local boy going NFL.
    Awesome job!


  2. Rhonda Holcombe January 2, 2018 7:33 am

    Congratulatons Hercules! Maui No Ka Oi!


  3. Go Cougs January 3, 2018 11:52 am

    Falk Yeah, Go Cougs!


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