With offers on the table from Miami, NC State, UNC, Duke, Clemson, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia and East Carolina, R.J. Mattes from Concord (NC) High School has emerged as the state's most heavily recruited offensive lineman. He's also a major target for the Wolfpack and State has gone all out in the early going to land him.
"I'd say they're recruiting me the hardest out of everybody," said Mattes. "With coach O'Brien having connections with my dad and since my dad is a coach- they can stay in touch. He's just been sending me lists of all the offensive linemen he produced at Boston College.
"Just getting to know coach O'Brien has been like a big impression on me, like how he deals with practice. I went up for a spring practice and he looks like he's going to make NC State a powerhouse."
Recruited by State as a left tackle, the Pack's recruiting efforts have been headed up by tight end's coach Jim Bridge.
"Yeah, coach Bridge is recruiting me," he said. "I can relate to him. He'll come up and give me a high five. He'll say, ‘what's up R.J.' and ask ‘how's the ladies?' He's just a fun guy to talk to."
While the Pack has made a profound impression, landing Mattes won't be easy and it definitely appears it won't happen quickly. The rising senior landed an offer from Miami recently and that helped reenforce his desire to wait the recruiting process out.
"I was coming to school and my coach said the Miami coach was there and they offered," said Mattes. "I was just impressed. I had got like a letter or two and then all of a sudden they just offer. I had like four other schools come in that I hadn't heard from and they offered too.
"I was planing on making an early decision but recently, it's blown up with coaches coming by offering. I'm not going to wait until the last second but I'm going to hold out until I see all the colleges and see what they have to offer."
While Clemson, Virginia, UNC and NC State have consistently been at the top of Mattes' wish-list, he said you can add Miami to the list.
This past weekend at the Scout combine held in Charlotte, Mattes measured in at 6-6, 260 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 5.18-seconds. He also had a 25.3-inch vertical jump and 4.61-second short shuttle.
Mattes is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com.