Gutwald picks up big offer

Dublin (Calif.) offensive guard Matthew Gutwald talks about his latest offer from Oregon.

Oregon is the latest offer for Dublin (Calif.) offensive guard Matthew Gutwald. The two-star prospect picked up the offer on the heels of a recent evaluation by Oregon graduate assistant offensive line coach Joe Bernardi, and on Tuesday evening he discussed the feeling he had when he picked up the offer from offensive line coach Steve Greatwood last Friday.

"I was honestly a little surprised," Gutwald said. "Because I've been talking to one of their signees in fact, Brady Aiello, because I play against him. He's in my league. He basically said that they were going to be, like, methodical about it and want to see me up at the camp first. So I didn't really expect it until I started talking to Greatwood, like, two or three days before the offer."

During the evaluation, Gutwald performed some squats, core workouts, jump rope and footwork drills with ladders while Bernardi recorded him. From there, Greatwood was impressed enough by his progress to convince head coach Mark Helfrich to extend the offer.

"Three days beforehand he told me that he really wanted to offer me," Gutwald said. "He just had to get the go from Coach Helfrich and then the day after he got the go, he just called me and said that I have an offer from the University of Oregon."

Gutwald indicated that the offer was a big one for him. He has an additional Pac-12 offer from Arizona.

"I'm definitely considering Oregon," he said. "I feel like I'm going to have a recruitment that goes into at least my senior season. I'm definitely going to consider them the whole time. My top four is probably going to be Stanford, UCLA, Oregon, and maybe some other school that can get my attention. Probably Arizona right now."

Gutwald plans on visiting Oregon sometime over the summer. He's already visited a number of Pac-12 programs already, including UCLA, USC, Arizona State, and both Stanford and Cal twice.

"I definitely want to go," Gutwald said of Oregon. "I really want to see all of those facilities. I mean, you read all about those and you see them on the college game day programs. You've just have to see them if you've got the opportunity."

At the moment, Gutwald has a better relationship with Bernardi due to his more frequent presence on social media, but he said he's started developing a back-and-forth with Greatwood over the telephone since the offer and he hopes to stay close with both coaches going forward.

As for why he wants to stay patient with his recruitment, he has a simple reason: he wants to make the right choice the first time.

"I want to make the right decision because I have to be there for five years," he said. "I want to make sure I really love the place and I want to have a good relationship with the all the staff before I make that commitment, because I don't want to be one of those kids that de-commits."


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