New York Defensive End One to Watch

New York has long been considered a basketball state when it comes to talent. New York city has produced hundreds of college basketball players and is one of the leading producers of NBA players as well. But New York is often times overlooked for its football talent. One of the top football players representing New York state this year is McKenzie Mathews.

Every college football team needs pass rushers in this day and age. With that said, pass rushers are still difficult to find.

A recruit that many recruiting fans probably do not know much about is McKenzie Mathews, DE, 6-3, 238 pounds, Syracuse, N.Y., (Christian Brothers Academy). College coaches have taken notice of Mathews with programs such as Alabama, Ohio State, Syracuse, North Carolina, Michigan State and Pittsburgh amongst the list of schools that have already offered in writing according to Mathews.

Why have these schools offered Mathews?

"I think I'm more of a speed rusher," Mathews said of his playing style.

And that is exactly what college coaches are looking for. Mathews has already begun to narrow his list of schools.

"My top five would be Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, North Carolina…and Michigan State is close to making my top five. They're really recruiting me hard. And I like Notre Dame a lot…I like Penn State," Mathews said.

Every school minus Duke is recruiting Mathews as a defensive end. The Blue Devils are recruiting Mathews as an outside linebacker. Michigan State, North Carolina, Illinois, Syracuse and Pittsburgh are currently recruiting Mathews the hardest.

"I think I'm going to wait until national signing day to make my decision," said Mathews.

The New York native plans to make an unofficial visit to the Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame game.

SMITTY'S TAKE - Mathews is not the type of young man to rush into anything, but like most recruits he is taking a harder look at the schools recruiting him the hardest as well as the schools that have offered.

Since Michigan has not offered, nor was it listed by Mathews as a school that was recruiting him the hardest, it's a safe bet Michigan is in good shape considering Mathews still listed Michigan first amongst his list of schools.

Simply put Notre Dame needs to offer before it will be a real player for Mathews. Top Stories