With offers from numerous big-time programs, including Boise State, and interest from many more, Alexander Mattison plans on doing his due diligence before making what he says will be his one and only pledge.
"I don't want to hop on something too quickly and have to decommit if something else happens," the 5-foot-10, 200-pound prospect says. "I want to make a thorough evaluation before I commit. I'm applying to all my top schools so that's out of the way."
Mattison is in the process of setting up visits to his top schools, all of which will come either during the latter part of his senior season at San Bernardino or after it's finished.
"I will be visiting Boise State after the season," he said. "I have a visit to Washington State set for Nov. 21 (while) Arizona State and Boise should be in the winter. With Colorado State, we're still figuring out when that happens. It could be during the end of my season."
His visit schedule, however, is subject to change.
"Schools like Oregon, USC, and UCLA haven't offered yet, but have been pretty consistent in talking to me," Mattison said.
The three-star prospect knows exactly what he wants in his future university.
"I'm looking for a school where I can come and have the opportunity to play early," he said. "I don't want to have to sit for a couple of years if I don't have to.
"I want a team that has that family feel, a program that will have my back if there's an injury or anything like that. Especially if I'm going to be far from home, I want a school that will support me. I want to study business communications and minor in athletic training."
Boise State, Mattison says, checks off all the boxes on his list.
"I talk to Coach Lee Marks a lot," he said. "They love the way I play, my size, build and my ability to read defenses. They like the way that I'm aggressive and they like what I can do when I touch the rock."
Despite the fact that the Broncos have two running backs from the 2016 class already verbally committed, Mattison says there is a lot of mutual interest and communication between the two parties.
There is no deadline for a commitment, he says, but Mattison says he will know when it's time.
"I want to get some type of feel of what college campuses outside of California are like," he said. "It might be just a visit or two before I make my decision."
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