Offensive lineman Breontae Matthews went weeks without knowing he had an Iowa State offer this summer before stumbling upon the news on Facebook.
The Cyclones had evaluated the 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman in the spring and informed his coaches of the decision in the early summer. A few weeks later the Fullerton C.C. (Calif.) prospect sought out to confirm it.
“They weren’t allowed to talk to me back in the spring, but one of the coaches came to our spring ball practice and saw me practicing,” Matthews said. “Like two months later I found out I had an offer from them. I had the offer for like two weeks without even knowing about it. They told my coaches they offered me and my coaches forgot to tell me.”
The Facebook post proved right, and Matthews’s first official visit will be a stop at Iowa State this weekend. Matthews has offers from the likes of Arizona State, UNLV, Middle Tennessee, East Carolina and UAB in addition to Iowa State. Kansas State and Houston are showing interest and are considering offering.
Iowa State sees Matthews being capable of playing multiple positions on the offensive line in the Big 12 and likes the skillset of the experienced JUCO prospect.
“They talk to me a lot about tackle or guard. They think I can play both,” Matthews said. “They like my frame and my run-blocking capability and I’m a good pass-blocker for my size. I really haven’t talked to the offensive line coach [Brandon Blaney] as much I would want to. I’m going to get in contact once I’m down there on my visit this weekend.”
What’s he looking to hear from Blaney?
“Just how many guys he’s got leaving and how many he’s got coming up for next year,” Matthews said. “Just getting a [feel] better with the offensive line coach and the linemen, just to see what type of dude he is.”
Matthews has been in contact with offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy, but wants to hear more from Blaney as he has with offensive line coaches from other schools. He’s been in close contact with O-line coaches at Kansas State and Houston for two to three weeks as they ponder offers.
The plan for Matthews is to utilize more trips after his Iowa State visit. He is set to stop at UNLV from Dec. 4-6 and will go to Arizona State in early January. He is holding off on scheduling the last two visits to see if Kansas State or Houston come in with offers.
“I’m planning on trying to make my decision sometime in January once I go on my visits and talk to my parents about it and the best spot to make it to the NFL for the next two years,” said Matthews, who is a spring graduate.
Ultimately, relationships will be a key factor.
“The relationship between me and the offensive line coach is the No. 1 thing,” Matthews said. “Just the relationship with the coaches and the environment with all the players to see how it is and just the school itself.”