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National powerhouse program St. John Bosco (California) is set to take on Oregon 6A back-to-back state champion Central Catholic on Friday night in a clash held at Autzen Stadium.

For five-star recruit Matayo Uiagalelei, the nation's No. 8 overall prospect and No. 2 edge-rusher, it's practically a return home.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound star has made several trips to Eugene in past, but is playing padded football on the Autzen Stadium turf for what Duck fans are hoping is the first of many, many times.

According to "Big Dave" Uiagalelei, Matayo's dad, they will be staying in Eugene for the weekend to take in Oregon's home opener against Eastern Washington as part of an unofficial visit.

Oregon's 2023 recruiting class is ranked No. 13 nationally and is headlined by a pair of five-star recruits - quarterback Dante Moore and wide receiver Jurrion Dickey.

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The school record for five-star signees in one class is three, set by the 2020 trio of linebackers Justin Flowe and Noah Sewell and cornerback Dontae Manning.

Oregon could tie that mark with the addition of Uiagalelei, but obviously competition is fierce with Ohio State, USC and others all fighting for the All-American Bowl selection. 

Here's what 247Sports had to say, in part, about the big-time California prospect:

"This top notch edge has unique athleticism for someone his size. Possessing excellent agility, change of direction, bend and power makes him one of the best players in the country. He is light on his feet and plays with very good power and technique on the edge and in the run game with room to continue to develop and improve. As a pass rusher he does a good job using speed to power as well as having a good dip and rip move and always using active hands to prevent lineman from latching on to him. He consistently gains ground on his rush without stopping his feet. Displays a twitch out of his stance that translates to explosion once he makes contact with the blocker along with a strong punch to control and disengage to defeat the blocker. Can redirect when needed without hesitation to make plays away from him with good runs and chase effort. As a two-way player you are treated to an athlete that could be a top-flight tight end prospect with his burst, excellent body control to make plays on the ball as well as serving as a more than adequate blocker in the run game. He is a guy that moves easy and natural with enough speed to create separation as a receiver where he makes many plays as.