2015 Cox Mill (Concord, N.C.) offensive tackle Ryan Matson has had a busy summer, to say the least. He’s been finding time to prepare for the upcoming season in between all the camps he’s attended.
That is, of course, a result of the attention he’s been getting. Matson, a talented 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive lineman, has turned heads from some of the nation’s biggest programs. East Carolina, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State and UNC Charlotte are all schools in the state of North Carolina that have been recruiting him.
“I’ve been tired, of course, that’s normal,” said Matson. “I did really well at all my camps that I’ve been to. I went to Tennessee Thursday (July 17) and did really well there. I talked to their coaches some more. It’s just been awesome.”
As far as being far from home, Matson doesn’t find distance to be a big factor in his decision.
Matson describes himself as an aggressive player that plays from whistle to whistle. One of the things that makes him such a hot commodity is his versatility as an offensive lineman.
“Last year, I did pretty well,” said Matson. “I played tackle halfway through the season and they switched me to guard. That was new to me. I did well, but this year I’ve been going over stuff and been playing guard…I’ll actually do a lot better this year.”
So far, it’s proven to be a huge focal point of Matson’s recruitment.
“It really did (help my recruitment),” said Matson. “Even though a lot of colleges have told me they’re going to put me at tackle and red-shirt me freshman year, but that’s still going to help me because I know how to play both right and left side of guard and tackle. If they need to move me somewhere, I know how to play it.”
Combine versatility with his leadership skills and Matson has the potential to be a difference-maker on and off the field. As one of the only players being recruited from his schools, he’s setting out to guide the younger players on his squad next season.
“(My goal is) just to be a leader,” said the rising senior Matson. “That’s what I’ve been struggling with, especially last year, even though everybody looks up to me. I’m one of the only kids getting recruited from my school. So, I’ve got to be more of a leader and show people how to do stuff. It helps going to camps like this because then I can show kids how to do certain stuff right.”
However, the relationship between Matson and ECU has been distant. The two sides haven’t talked very much since Matson was offered as a sophomore. That’s not to say ECU isn’t interested, though.
“They’re pretty good,” said Matson regarding the Pirates. “It’s just they offered me like sophomore year, but since then they haven’t come to visit me or really contacted me. I’m not really in contact with them, but then a player of mine (2016 wide receiver Jonathan Jeffries) went up there and camped there and said they’re really interested in me and love me, but I haven’t really heard anything from them.”
As it stands now, Matson’s top-three choices are Ohio State, Alabama and Missouri. These schools will continue to go after him throughout his senior season. Inside ECU Sports will continue to follow Matson’s recruitment as it continues to build momentum.