Pennsylvania Prospect Could Get the Call

The football term "athlete" will normally create a vision of a smaller, faster player who could possibly project at any two skill positions. However, it can also mean a prospect is capable of projecting at more than one of the other positions on the field. Sometimes the bigger "athletes" are referred to as "jumbo athletes." Usually, the "jumbo athletes" are the type of players who could project as defensive linemen and tight ends. Such is the case with a Pennsylvania "athlete."

Brian Mattes, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound athlete from Wyoming Valley West High School in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, could project on either side of the football on the college level. Mattes doesn't care which position he plays as long as he is on the field.

"I'm being recruited as a tight end and a defensive lineman," said Mattes. "It just depends on the school. I don't have a preference because I just want to play."

Among the programs recruiting Mattes are Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Penn State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Mattes plans to make official visits to Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, and Virginia. However, Alabama could be a late entry on Mattes' itinerary.

"Alabama recently called my coach and requested film of me," said Mattes. "I would give serious consideration to Alabama if they offered me a scholarship. They play good football and their tradition is excellent."

Mattes is currently considering scholarship offers from over 20 Division 1-A programs. He expects to travel a great distance away from his home state but does not see it as a problem.

"All of the schools I'm considering are about ten hours or more away," said Mattes. "So, I'm not too concerned about distance."

Mattes is playing his third season on the gridiron. Through eight games, he has caught 29 passes for 351yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Mattes has tallied 64 tackles, 11 sacks, one blocked kick, and one fumble recovered. Originally, his plan was to compete on the hardwood and his focus on the round ball is a now a part of his football decision.

"I didn't really grow up with a favorite football team because I was always a basketball fan," said Mattes. "I have no time frame for my decision because I'm just looking for the place where I can feel comfortable and make the most of my college experience."

Mattes is undecided about his major in college. However, he should have no problem gaining entrance to any field he chooses with his 4.1 grade point average and 1220 SAT score.


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