Matthew Cindric (Brandon Huffman)

Cindric ready for Oregon State Junior Day

Matthew Cindric out of Washington’s Skyline High School picked up an offer from Oregon State a little over three weeks ago. At the time, it was the second Pac-12 offer, and fifth overall, for the big offensive linemen.

The Beavers offer was precluded by Washington State, Montana State, Nevada and Hawaii. The native of Sammamish now claims a dozen offers as Cal, Utah, UCLA, Texas State, Fresno State, Yale and Princeton have all followed suit.

Oregon State will have an opportunity to show off their program this weekend as Cindric plans on attending their spring game and coinciding junior day. He talked with BeaverBlitz about his recruitment and previous contact with the Beavers’ program.

“Coach Cookus is the main coach that I’ve been talking to," he said. "I haven’t really been able to meet or talk with the other coaches on the staff so that’s a big thing for me to be able to do down there this weekend. I want to be able to get to know them, getting that opportunity is what I’m excited about and seeing what their vision is for me.”

Cindric, a 6’4” offensive tackle prospect, grew up watching Pac-12 football, specifically the Northwest teams. Matthew mentioned that the rebuild process the Beavers are currently going through is similar to what the Washington Huskies went through a few years ago. Having been able to see a few of their games last year, he liked the improvement the team had shown from the year prior and as last season progressed.

“I really think that they are a program on the rise right now as they’re heading in the right direction. Growing up in the Northwest, I’ve been able to watch a lot of Pac-12 football and Oregon State specifically. I know that they’ve had their ups and downs recently, but I was able to see a few of their games last year and you could see the potential of their program. I really feel like they are on the verge of breaking through.” 

While Cindric does not claim to have one program standing out currently, he does know what he’s looking for in a university.

“I really want to go to a school that fits me academically as that is huge for me. Having that balance between my studies, football and just being a student in general, finding that school that is able to fit all of those aspects is the place where I can really see myself spending four or five years at.” 

After this weekend, Cindric plans on continuing to take some more visits as OSU will only be the third program he has seen in person, joining Washington and Washington State. He doesn’t have a timetable or a top group of schools yet but he does envision making his pledge closer to when his senior year is in full swing.

BeaverBlitz will follow up with Matthew Cindric as he returns home on Sunday. Stick with the best coverage of Oregon State football and their recruiting efforts.

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