Matias Now Favoring UNC

Following his official visit to North Carolina over the weekend, Josue Matias now has a favorite school.

"Now, North Carolina seems like my No. 1 [school] right now," Matias said. "The people and the program and all the players make [UNC] my No. 1 right now."

Matias, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive tackle from Union (N.J.), doesn't plan to make a verbal commitment until sometime in December. Before reaching that point, he figures to have taken all five of his official trips.

Matias has official visits scheduled with Florida, Rutgers (Dec. 12), and Wisconsin (Nov. 13). He's considering Georgia and Michigan for his final official trip.

For his UNC official visit, Matias arrived in Chapel Hill on Friday afternoon and left Sunday morning.

"[The visit] was better than I expected," Matias said. "It was a great visit. I learned that the offensive line coach, Coach [Sam] Pittman, is a great man and a great coach, too. All the players like him – even the walk-on players.

"The campus was great. Coach [Butch] Davis is a great person. Everything seemed perfect."

For much of Friday, Matias spent time with UNC's coaching staff. He spoke individually with just about every coach, but spent the most time with Pittman and Allen Mogridge, his primary recruiter.

"[They discussed] how I could help the program and how I could develop as a player and a person there," Matias said.

Matias also had an extended conversation with Davis.

"He just said I could be a great asset to the program," Matias said. "He talked about how UNC could help me."

Offensive linemen Jonathan Cooper and James Hurst served as Matias's player host. He hung out with them Friday night and following the game Saturday.

"Those guys were funny," Matias said. "They're pretty good players, too. They helped me with questions. They told me about Coach Pittman and how he is. Nothing negative came out of them. Everything they said about the coaches was positive."

On Saturday afternoon, Matias watched UNC defeat William and Mary, 21-17.

"The atmosphere was great and it was a Division I-AA school, so I could just imagine if it was a real school," Matias said. "What really clicked in my head was ‘Wow, I can't imagine what it would be like if it was a rival school, like Duke for example.'"

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