OL Matias Planning Rutgers Visit?

Union (N.J.) Senior High three-star offensive lineman Josue Matias knows of three schools he plans to take official visits to, and spoke to ScarletReport.com about it. Another school is also showing more interest in the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Matias, who also gives a timetable for when he wants to make a decision. Also, Matias talks about the role he has now that his season is over due to injury.

The knee injury that cost three-star Union (N.J.) Senior High offensive lineman Josue Matias his senior season continues to heal, but the pain from not being able to play sits with the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder in a very hard way.

However, the injury has given Matias time to focus on recruiting, something he did not do in the spring or summer because he was working so hard with his teammates to rebound from a sub-par season.

And, in the twisting and turning world of recruiting, Matias said has knows three schools he will make official visits to.

"I've got Florida, North Carolina and Rutgers," Matias said. "The date for North Carolina is most likely going to be Oct. 30, but it's not for sure. My coach is doing all that, trying to work out some places."

Matias said the visit dates to Florida and Rutgers are not finalized, and he added he could make a few other trips. Wisconsin and Georgia are also in the running, and another program recently moved into the fray.

"I see Penn State coming more, but I don't know if they're going to offer me," Matias said. "I'm pretty solid with those, but things could change as we go along. Schools can be added."

In late August, Matias was eying an October commitment to a school, but he has since altered his timetable in an effort to look at more schools.

"It's more like December. I want to take my visits," he said. "Most of them are still (recruiting) hard. It makes my decision harder, but I now have the time to take a look at the schools and see what they have to offer."

Not only is Matias dealing with the pressures of recruiting, but he is also dealing with the emotional pain of missing his senior season after a preseason injury that required knee surgery.

Initially, Matias believed he was only going to miss a few weeks.

"I didn't know it was going to be that bad," he said. "I just thought it was going to be a bruised knee. I just have to go with the flow until it gets better."

Matias' goal was not only to be a strong two-way player, but also hone his leadership skills, which he is still doing.

"I'm still with (the team)," Matias said. "I'm still one of the leaders and they look up to me, and sometimes I teach them what I know that can help them on the field."

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