Crystal Lake South 2013 prospect Boston Mathews (Lake in the Hills, Ill.) made a big positional change during his 2011 season.
The 6'3" 260-pound tight end and linebacker was moved to offensive tackle, which he says has played into his recruitment status.
"I don't have the current size that a lot of lineman have that are getting recruited in front of me, but it will come," Mathews said.
Mathews may not have ideal size yet, but he can bring a unique skill set to the table that not many others do – grappling skills.
Mathews has won an IKF Kickboxing Championship and an NAGA Grappling Championship. Both sports help with strength and body awareness.
So far, Mathews has attended junior days at Illinois and Purdue, and has been to spring practices at Northwestern, Illinois, Western Michigan, NIU and Ball State, and will head to Northwestern's spring game this weekend.
"I have visited Northwestern twice, and I really like what the school has to offer, and hopefully they will like what I have to offer," Mathews said.
On his last visit, Mathews was able to spend time talking to recruiting coach Randy Bates about the program.
But football isn't the only factor influencing Mathews' search.
"I am looking to get into engineering so that is the main thing I am looking at in a school. Football, of course, is important but I am looking for a school that will also support me in getting the degree I would like to get," he said.
Mathews has also received correspondence from Iowa State, South Dakota, South Dakota State and a few Ivy League schools. He plans to make a trip to Maryland next month to attend the Naval Academy's one-day camp.
"Visiting all the schools has been a fun experience but a lot of travel," Mathews said. "I'm just really excited to get the opportunity to show the college coaches what I am all about and that's all I can ask for."