Matson Waiting on Wolfpack Offer

Concord (NC) Cox Mill OL Ryan Matson has a Tennessee offer but NC State is still evaluating. The rising senior talks about his recent visit to Raleigh and thoughts on the Pack.

Tennessee has offered an offensive lineman from North Carolina but the in-state programs have taken more of a wait-and-see approach.

It might come as a surprise that Tennessee has made the first move with Concord native and Cox Mill High School junior Ryan Matson even though NC State and the state's other schools know all about him.

Although Matson does not have an offer from the Pack he said he's not taking it personally. He realizes that different schools move at their own pace and he just enjoyed his Junior Day at NCSU.

"I was really impressed because I went last year and I think the year before. Me and my parents and coaches were very impressed with everything they did. They were showing us the campus and some of the dorms and just more of the facility and everything."

Matson spoke with every single coach on Dave Doeren's staff but he had a lot of time with Mike Uremovich because he's the offensive line coach.

Overall the staff couldn't have made a better impression. They were themselves, they spoke honestly about where they stood in the process, and they told him to be patient.

"They were saying what they're going to do. They're not just trying to tell people how great their program is and not backing it up with everything. My interest in them is very high because I like the coaches and the facilities. It's one of the top schools that I'm looking at.

"They said I'm on the top of their list. When I went to the Junior Day that was before signing day and they were going to wait 'til that was over so they could evaluate the new class that's coming in."

Matson is willing to wait on NC State and all the other schools showing interest. He was hoping to attend a Junior Day either at Charlotte or Maryland but he will be at a NIKE Sparq combine instead. Missouri is trying to ride their strong 2013 season and make a pitch for Matson with Duke and Indiana starting to talk to him too.

But every day that passes without new offers has to be a slight advantage for Tennessee as they have already offered.

"I'm very impressed with Tennessee's coaching staff. They have new coaches. I went to the football camp last year and did really well there. I met the head coach and the offensive line coach. I really like their offensive line coach."

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