Joined Houston at semester break and competed in spring practice.
JUNIOR COLEGE (2009)
Competed for head coach Brett Pollack at the College of San Mateo... member of team that finished with a 10-2 record and advanced to the state championship game... 4-star recruit by Rivals.com... No. 22 ranked junior college player by Rivals.com... All-America First-Team selection.
PRIOR TO HOUSTON
Did not play football during the 2008-09 season... Attended Utah Valley State during the 2006-07 season. Freshman (2006): Earned letterman honors during his first collegiate season at BYU... saw action in all 13 games during the season... totaled 13 tackles on the season, including 10 solo takedowns... credited with two tackles for a combined loss of 14 yards, including a 13-yard sack at Colorado State... had an interception against Tulsa.
ARAGON HIGH SCHOOL
Played defensive end, linebacker and defensive tackle at Aragon High... First-Team All-League junior and senior years... First-Team All-State junior and senior years... First-Team All-Metro junior and senior years... First-Team All-County junior and senior years... First-Team All-Central Coast selection junior and senior years... team MVP as a senior... San Mateo Daily Journal, San Mateo Daily News and San Mateo County Times Player of the Year ... led team to a 9-2 record as a senior ... had 11 sacks and 19 tackles for loss despite constant double teams his senior year ... ran for 837 yards and 20 touchdowns on 105 carries ... runs a 4.8 in the 40.
Full name is Matangi To-I-Moana Tonga... son of Latiume and Seneti Tonga... born Jan. 6, 1988, in Redwood City, Calif... brother Manase was a fullback at BYU... oldest of four children with three brothers and one sister... majoring in sociology... recruited by USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal Berkeley, Nebraska, USC, UCLA, Idaho State and Idaho... was an Eagle Scout.
Tonga's Career Bests at BYU
Tackles: 2, done three times; Most recently vs. Oregon (12-21-06)
Sacks: 1.0, at Colorado State (11-4-06)
Tackles for Loss: 1.0, at Colorado State (11-4-06)
Interceptions: 1, vs. Tulsa (9-9-06)