Matias Talks Leader, Visits

Union (N.J.) Senior High offensive lineman Josue Matias had North Carolina as his favorite following his visit there at the end of October, but is that still the case? Matias spoke to about his recruitment, his leader, where Rutgers falls into the mix and his official visit schedule. Matias also discussed what he is looking for in a program, and gave an update on his injury knee.

Union (N.J.) Senior High offensive lineman Josue Matias already made two official visits, and he knows the destination of his final three.

He also knows those three schools – Florida, Georgia and Rutgers – have some catching up to do. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Matias continues to North Carolina as his leader, which is something he has done since visiting Chapel Hill, N.C., three weeks ago.

Matias' fifth school is Wisconsin, where he visited last weekend and watched the Badgers score 83 points against Indiana.

"That was a good experience. I like tradition they have," Matias said. "They have a great tradition of getting offensive linemen drafted."

Matias, who missed his senior season with a knee injury, is scheduled to visit Georgia for Thanksgiving weekend. He initially set up a trip to Rutgers Dec. 10-12, but could go to Florida that weekend and head to Rutgers another weekend.

"I think the Florida one may be Dec. 10. I have to talk to the coaches and see," Matias said. "I'm going to try and make a decision before the holidays and have a nice and relaxing Christmas. I'm going to see if I can get all the visits done."

When it comes to which school will win out, Matias said a big part of his decision will sit with the coaching staff, particularly the offensive line coach.

"They're all good programs," he said. "I'm going by the coaches," he said. (North Carolina) has a great offensive line coach. Rutgers has a great offensive line coach (Kyle Flood), so does Florida, so does Georgia. That's what I'm going by."

There are a number of reasons North Carolina is at the top of Matias' list, and his experience during his official visit served most of those reasons.

"It's a good education, I got along great with the offensive line coach (Sam Pittman), I talked to some of the players and nothing negative came back from them," Matias said. "That's a great thing to have. They have a great tradition with offensive linemen."

He also talked to UNC's coaching staff about the ongoing NCAA investigation into the Tar Heels program, and came away satisfied with what it means for the future of the program.

"They said it's not really going to affect them, and what the NCAA has to do, they already did it," Matias said. "I don't think it's going to affect them. I asked the coach and that's what he told me. He said hopefully nothing else would happen."

As for Matias' rehab, he said his knee is progressing well and he should be at full strength in the coming months.

"It's going great. I'm almost running full speed," he said. "It's been tough, tougher than I thought. They've got me doing all these things (stretching) that I never thought I would end up doing. It's a lot of work I'm doing."

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