Kahuku senior Tuli Wily-Matagi announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he has changed his college commitment and will instead attend Oregon State over Utah.
“I’ve decided to flip my commitment over to Oregon State,” he wrote on Twitter. “Want to thank everyone who supported me through this decision. #GoBeavs”
Wily-Matagi threw for 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns and ran for 277 yards and four scores last season, and he led Kahuku to a 9-3 record and an OIA Red division title. He nearly helped pull off an upset of then-No. 1 Punahou in the state semifinals before losing, 13-10.
Despite playing quarterback in high school, Wily-Matagi, who is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, is projected as a tight end/defensive end prospect. He had chosen Utah over offers from Washington State and Colorado but has decided to switch to Oregon State, which hired coach Gary Andersen away from Wisconsin last month after losing Mike Riley to Nebraska.
Wily-Matagi is the second OSU commit from Hawaii this year, joining Campbell defensive back Solomon Matautia. Oregon State signed three players from Hawaii in its 2014 class: Kahuku’s LaMone Williams, Kapolei’s Kalani Vakameilalo and Kaiser’s Fitou Fisiiahi, although Fisiiahi is no longer playing football.