There had been some uncertainty for Fullerton C.C. (Calif.) offensive lineman Breontae Matthews leading into his weekend visit to Iowa State as the prospect hadn’t developed a relationship with offensive line coach Brandon Blaney.
Consider that problem solved.
The 6-foot-6, 320-pound prospect, who holds offers from Arizona State, UNLV, Middle Tennessee, East Carolina and UAB in addition to Iowa State, has a clearer picture and a better understanding of what the Cyclones want after sitting down with Blaney and coaches during the weekend.
“They just basically told me the much-needed help they need from the offensive line coming up because they have a lot of talent coming back. They’re graduating four O-linemen and they really need me to come in and play one of those offensive tackle positions,” Matthews said. “My biggest problem was that a lot of schools are just recruiting me and asking me, can I play guard or tackle. I just wanted to make sure Iowa State’s plans are for me to play just strictly tackle.
“I got to talk to the offensive line coach a lot this weekend and see what his plans were for me. That was good. That’s [what I] really wanted to hear.”
Matthews is capable of playing both positions and some schools want him at both, though he prefers to be a tackle. He will visit UNLV from Dec. 4-6 and plans to make stops at both Kansas State and Arizona State.
The offensive lineman, who will have three years to play two, has more time for a decision as he’ll be a spring graduate.
“It was kind of complicated at first because me not talking to the offensive line coach and just talking to [Todd] Sturdy and [Paul] Rhoads was a big problem but now since I’ve actually talked to the offensive line coach and seen the game and seen how good the offense is, I’m pretty sure I could be a good part of that offense,” Matthews said. “I do want to go visit Arizona State and Kansas State to see where I stand at with them and continue talking to their offensive line coach and their head coach and see what their plans are."
“I don’t play on redshirting, so whatever school gives me the best bet to get on the field the next two years and gives me the best shot to further my education and get a shot to play in the pros, that’s going to be the best fit for me and I should have my mind made up by the end of my visits.”
Matthews expects to have a decision no later than Feb. 1. Rhoads will visit Matthews next month as the relationship building continues.
“He was saying how he’s going to come down and see me in December before I head back home or while I’m back home in Washington D.C., I’m not sure which one,” Matthews said. “But he did tell me he’s going to come to see me one last time before everything is said and done.”