Washington, D.C.--One of the top junior college offensive tackles in the country, 6-5, 325 Breontae Matthews has played the last two seasons at Fullerton Community College in California. As a sophomore he developed his skills and as a result colleges from across the country came calling.
Already taking visits to Kansas State, Iowa State and Memphis with a trip to Missouri coming up this weekend, recently the Auburn Tigers came calling and he’s now interested in what Coach Herb Hand had to say about the SEC power.
“He came to my house the other night to talk to me and my dad about Auburn,” Matthews said. “He said he’s losing two tackles. His left tackle declared for the draft and his right tackle went into the draft, which surprised him.
“He said they are both ready and will be playing on someone’s team next year. He said they have one guy that played some last year, but they don’t really have a full-time starter coming back this year.”
Coming from junior college the goal for any player is to play right away. That’s something that interests Matthews about Auburn and is one of the reasons why he’s considering taking a visit to the Plains the weekend before signing day. Another reason is because Hand took the time to visit him in person in his first week on the job.
“That impressed me a lot because that’s something he could have told me over the phone,” Matthews said. “He took out the time to come from Alabama up to Washington, D.C. just to tell me that he really wanted me to come play for him.”
Still waiting on an offer from Auburn after he sent his transcripts to the Tigers this week, Matthews said if that happens he’ll likely take the trip to learn more about the school.
“I don’t know a lot because I really just started watching college football last year in my sophomore year at Fullerton,” he said of Auburn. “I’m just now getting used to all of the conferences. I know they’ve got a good offensive line and I know Cam Newton played there. I know they are in the SEC. That’s what I know about Auburn.”
Still trying to decide on the visit, Matthews said at the moment Kansas State is in the lead for him as he heads into the stretch run of recruiting. He said if Auburn comes through with the offer it could definitely change things for him however because of playing in the SEC.
“From what everyone is telling me playing in the SEC is top dog competition,” Matthews said. “You want to play football there is nowhere better in the country than the SEC.”