Matthews Puts ECU High on His List

Class of 2016 recruit Breontae Matthews has watched his recruiting process draw interest from major programs after making a move across the country to pursue his dreams. IES caught up with him to talk the latest on his recruiting and his ECU offer.

After taking a year off from football following graduation at Suitland High School (District Heights, MD) Breontae Matthews on field performance and have caught the attention of many division 1 schools.

Looking for a chance to get back on the field after taking a year off and working a nine-to-five job Matthews heard good things about Fullerton Community College in California. After being accepted to Fullerton, Matthews made the cross country move to pursue his dreams.

Now in his second season at Fullerton Matthews has offers from Arizona State, East Carolina, Iowa State, Middle Tennessee and University of Alabama at Birmingham. With five official offers the 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive lineman said that other schools are in contact with him and could also offer.

“It’s cool, I have way more offers now than I did back in high school,” Matthews said. “I’m getting recruited by schools back east, out here on the west coast, down south and a lot of schools are getting into the mix.”

The class of 2016 recruit said his current interest in ECU is around an eight on a ten-point scale. The ranking comes with some previous knowledge of ECU but Matthews said it could change as the recruiting process with ECU continues.

Matthews grew up knowing about ECU football and occasionally saw the Pirates on television but has not been on campus for a visit yet. Planning a visit is one of the specific areas that he said that could help his recruiting process and said that he would like to visit over Christmas break.

Matthews also noted that one of the biggest factors he is thinking about is his relationship with the coaching staff. Matthews noted that if a school’s offensive line coach wasn’t recruiting him hard the school is almost not in the picture. The lineman said that ECU meets that requirement as offensive line coach Brad Davis is in contact with him at least once a week to check in.

Another big factor for Matthews is education. Currently on path to major in criminal justice, Matthews would like to attend a school that offers that major saying if he choose ECU he would pursue other major programs.

The offensive lineman had mostly played right tackle but this season he made the move over to left tackle. Matthews said at first it was a little weird but now he prefers to play there. Learning a different position is just one of the many improvements that he has made since going the junior college route.

“This year I’ve become way better at arm blocking and finishing blocks,” Matthews explained. “Last year I was a good run blocker but this year I’m learning to finish my blocks and put dudes in the ground and pushing them five or 10 yards.”

While Matthews offer list is almost seemingly going to grow even more he is planning to make a decision in late January or early February after all of his visits have been taken.

“In high school I was never really thinking about playing division one football,” Matthews said. “I was just playing it to play, I really didn’t know about the whole GPA thing but now schools are actually calling me and talking to me it’s like a chance to make it somewhere. It’s feel really good, I didn’t have the chance to do it in high school and with the second chance I can make it up and do better.”

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