After visiting a good chunk of the 18 schools that have offered him, three stand out to Yetur Matos.
“For top schools, I’d probably say Penn State, UNC, Virginia Tech – those three, I would say, stand out to me the most at this point,” Matos said. “They are all great schools, good academic schools, the atmosphere at those places, the coaching staff, the fans, where I see myself in those programs, the relationship with the coaching staff, and how my parents also feel about the schools.”
It might be early, but the three schools that comprise Matos’s leaderboard are in great position to land the 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end from Fredericksburg (Va.) Chancellor. He’s looking to make a decision “pretty soon.”
“I’m trying to make my way down to a couple more schools in the next couple of months,” Matos said. “And after that I’ll probably wind down and make a choice.”
Matos is scheduled to return to Penn State on Feb. 27. He’s also looking to get back to UNC and Virginia Tech. In a perfect world, he’d take inaugural visits to Kentucky, Temple, and Vanderbilt before deciding.
In early November, Matos took his first visit to UNC and watched the Tar Heels beat Duke 66-31. A few weekends backs, he returned to Chapel Hill for the Tar Heels’ first junior day of the 2017 recruiting cycle.
“I spent a lot more individual time with the coaches and I got to know them a little bit better,” Matos said of the late January visit. “And I also had a one-on-one meeting with Coach [Tray] Scott.”
The day of the junior day, Matos hung out equally with John Papuchis, his area recruiter, and Scott, UNC’s defensive line coach. After spending the night in Chapel Hill, he spent the following day exclusively with Scott.
“They just talked to me about life and things about the school,” Matos said. “They were really just showing me how I would fit, how they would use me, how well I would fit into that program, where they see themselves going.”
UNC sees Matos playing the “speed” end within its 4-3 defense.
During his junior year, Matos made 74 tackles, including 13 for a loss and 11.5 sacks. He also deflected three passes and forced a couple fumbles.
As a result of the aforementioned junior day, UNC picked up a verbal commitment from another defensive end, Jake Lawler. The addition doesn’t affect the Tar Heels’ chances with Matos.
“[Scott] said they want two defensive ends,” Matos said.
The junior day included Matos’s first college basketball game – an 89-62 UNC win over Boston College.
“It was definitely a fun atmosphere,” Matos said. “I really enjoyed the game.”