Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy standout Bryce Mathews is regarded as one of the top 2016 offensive line prospects in the South. Despite being so highly coveted, he’s been pretty quiet about his recruitment. However he did open up about his latest offer from the University of Michigan.
“It was after my last spring practice on Friday I got the news of the offer,” Mathews told The Michigan Insider. “(Offensive Coordinator) Coach (Tim) Drevno was there watching. Afterwards my dad, who is my offensive line coach and recruiting coach, told me that they offered me. I was excited because I know how Michigan is such a storied program. It’s a blessing to have the offer and I’m honored that a school like them would look at me and want me to come play for them.”
“It’s definitely a place I want to look into a little bit. It’s cool to see how much excitement there is about the program now with Coach Harbaugh coming in. I’d like to (visit) if I get the chance, but it’s hard for me because a lot of my time during the summer is taken up by school basketball.”
A visit will allow Mathews to meet in person the coach he has heard so much about. Jim Harbaugh has earned a reputation with recruits for his high intensity, competitiveness, and his quest to “attack each day with enthusiasm unknown to mankind.” That mentality even comes through even on Twitter and Mathews has definitely taken notice.
“He obviously brings some energy to the program,” said Mathews. “He has a good track record of the teams he was with recently like Stanford and the 49ers, so it looks like Michigan is in good hands with him. I think it would be cool to play for him.”
Mathews ranks as the No. 18 offensive tackle in the land and a four-star recruit by Scout.com. With nearly a dozen offers to his credit recruiting is definitely going well, but he’s still looking to take his time with the process.
“Nothing right now as for a top list, but I hope to start narrowing it down a bit this summer,” said Mathews. “I want (my future school) to be somewhere where I feel like I fit in well with the players and coaches and look forward to spending the next 4-5 years with them. I also have nothing planed yet, but I’m going to take as many trips as I can in the summer.”
When not on the road he’ll be busy working on his game. He’s is not satisfied and is training hard to take it to the next level.
“I’m a pretty good pass blocker,” said Mathews. “I’m pretty smart at analyzing defenses and I have good feet. I want to still hit the weight room hard and get some strength that I can use on the field. I want to be able to finish off blocks better than I have before.”