Three on top for Gutwald with summer in swing

Dublin (Calif.) offensive guard Matthew Gutwald talks about his top programs, recent visits and his upcoming summer plans.

After seeing his stock rise considerably over the spring, three-star Dublin (Calif.) offensive guard Matthew Gutwald has a trio of programs on top at this point in his recruitment.

Stanford, Arizona and Oregon all sit atop his list in a three-way tie, but he told eDuck that the list is far from solidified and could see more programs added in the future. One of those potential programs is Oklahoma.

“I’ve been talking to them a lot for the last month or two,” he said. “We’ll just see where things stand with them. That’d be a pretty amazing program. The tradition speaks for itself.”

Gutwald has already taken visits to Stanford and Oregon and plans on visiting Arizona later this summer. A week removed from his visit to Eugene, Gutwald recalled his time at Oregon fondly and called it a special place.

“It was probably one of my favorite visits that I’ve been on," he said. "Everything was amazing to see in person.”

Gutwald didn’t partake in any physical activity but did get some valuable time with head coach Mark Helfrich and offensive line coach Steve Greatwood.

“I have a really good relationship with Coach Greatwood,” he said. “He’s probably one of my favorite coaches in the process right now. He’s so well known and he’s just a great coach. He really cares about the players and the recruits and there’s really a mutual respect on both sides. You don’t have that with necessarily every coach.”

Gutwald also gave positive reviews for his trip to Palo Alto to visit the Cardinal staff.

“Stanford’s always great,” he said. “They’re so close that it’s so easy to go into. It’s a 40 minute drive for me. I like the staff there too and everything. We’ll see how it turns out with them.”

Gutwald said he’ll take an official visit to Oregon and likely ones to Stanford and Arizona. The Sooners are definitely in the mix for a visit too. But for the rest of the summer, Gutwald’s plan is to focus on improving his game rather than traveling all over the country.

“I’m just going to focus on the technique aspect of the game because I’ve been able to get away with kind of just overpowering and bullying the kid across from me because I’m bigger than pretty much every kid I go against,”

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