OL R.J. Mattes Profile
R.J. Mattes told CUTigers.com in an interview earlier this week he enjoyed the opportunity to play in the 71st annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
"It really was a great experience," he said. "I was going against the top guys and I held my own. I got to go up against DaQuan Bowers and some other great players. I played a good game and held my own."
The weather played a big impact on the game Saturday.
"It was real cold. They gave us Under Armor to wear, but it didn't help much. It was still cold," said Mattes.
Did the Clemson commitments work hard to recruit the prize recruit during the week?
"I didn't get to talk much with the Clemson guys. We didn't spend much time with the South Carolina team. I talked mostly to the guys on our team," replied Mattes.
Two official visits to the Palmetto state remain for the Shrine Bowl standout before he makes his decision.
"I have two visits left. I am going to Clemson on January 11. I will be going to South Carolina on January 18. I plan to take both before I make a decision. I should be ready to make a decision pretty soon after my last visit," said Mattes.
Several coaches have already congratulated Mattes on his impressive performance in the Shrine Bowl.
"I talked to the coach from Virginia and coach Napier this weekend. Coach Napier said he didn't get to watch the game, but he was impressed with what he heard. He said he was proud of me and can't wait to watch it," said Napier.
What are Mattes plans for the holidays?
"We have a family tradition. We always go to the mountains and cut down a tree. We will do that. Hopefully my parents will be good to me for Christmas. I've been a pretty good boy this year," replied Mattes.
R.J.'s father is responsible for the player that he has become.
"My dad has taught me everything. He wants me to make the decision. Wherever I go he is going to enjoy the experience. He will enjoy the tailgating and everything that he didn't get to enjoy when he was a player," said Mattes.
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