Ryker Mathews: All-Poly Camp MVP

Top Utah offensive lineman Ryker Mathews was a standout performer at the BYU Nike Camp, and followed up his showing there with another great performance at the All-Poly Camp. The 6-foot-6-inch, 280-pound offensive tackle from American Fork talks about his personal experiences with the coaches at the All-Poly Camp and about recruiting.

Ryker Mathews' name was called over the loud speaker at last week's All-Poly Camp. His big 6-foot-6-inch frame came down from out of the stands, and he was named the All-Poly Camp offensive lineman MVP. He shook the hands of the many coaches waiting in line and took his rightful place among some of the camp's top performers.

"The coaches don't just act like they care, they do," Mathews said. "You can see it in how they coach you, and that is awesome. I have good high school coaches, but these college coaches know all the little details that are crucial to being the best player you can be. The coaches know what they're talking about and can make you that really good player you can be."

Coaches from various schools and divisions of college football worked with Mathews on various aspects of the game that will help him during his final year of high school football and beyond.

"The coaches were great and really helped me with my hand and foot technique," Mathews said. "Basically, if a player was bull rushing me or trying to speed rush, [I was taught] how I would use my hands."

Currently, BYU, Utah and Kansas have offered the big offensive tackle. Mathews had very good things to say about the Cougar football program.

"BYU is a great program," he said. "I'm LDS, and so that fits in really well for me. I love the coaches and love the facilities. I don't know what else to say, it's a great program."

Over the past year or so, Mathews has developed a good relationship with prized BYU quarterback recruit Jake Heaps.

"Jake is an awesome kid and I actually knew him before he committed to BYU," Mathews said. "We would always text and hang out, you know. He's an awesome kid and I don't know what else to say."

Meanwhile, in the state of Utah, there has been a lot of buzz and excitement in the air now that the University of Utah is joining the Pac-10.

"Yeah, I mean, it's an awesome thing and they did it," Mathews said. "They're still the same program, they're still a great program, but it doesn't really change anything. They'll be playing better competition and that's always great, but it's not like a life-changing decision like, 'Oh, I gotta go to Utah right now.'"

Mathews being offered by the two major instate schools is certainly not unusual, but Kansas offering him scholarship is an interesting circumstance.

"I just received a scholarship one day out of the blue," Mathews said about his offer from the Jayhawks. "I don't know much about it other than they offered me."

What Mathews does know is what he is looking for in a school and football program.

"I'm looking for great programs that are hardnosed," Mathews said. "I'm looking for a team that is tough, and a school that has great academics for what I want to study. I haven't decided what that is right now but I will, and that's one reason why I haven't chosen a school yet.

"Another big thing will be the coaching staff, and that's a big deal with me. I want to see if the coaches really actually care about their players or if they're just out there to make money, you know. Both BYU and Utah's coaching staffs are awesome."


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