Rutgers Has In-Home With Jersey OL

Union (N.J.) High offensive lineman Josue Matias had been listing North Carolina as his favorite. Is that still the case? After getting an in-home from Rutgers coach Greg Schiano last week and returning from a trip to Florida State this weekend, Matias spoke to about his recruitment, his leader and much more.

As the weeks click off and signing day approaches, decisions usually gain clarity and recruiting settles down.

However, Union (N.J.) High offensive lineman Josue Matias is experiencing a different phenomenon. His recruiting picture is getting cloudier.

He tripped to North Carolina, Wisconsin and Florida State (he returned from there Sunday), and still have official visits to South Carolina and Rutgers schedule, but he is no longer listing a leader.

"If I told you any school, I'd be lying," the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Matias said. "It's really hard to tell because I have so many schools (recruiting him) … I'd be lying if I said I knew. I sit down with my coach and talk about everything that is going on."

He already had a length sit-down with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano, who was at the high school and also had an in-home visit with Matias.

"It was last week and it went good," Matias said. "He went to my school and my house."

And the message during Schiano's visit was simple.

"He was telling me that they're looking to get better, and stuff like that right now," Matias said. "He met with my parents, and it went well. That's always important."

Matias is set to visit Rutgers the weekend of Jan. 21-23, which is when the Scarlet Knights will be hosting a large contingent of official visitors. It will be filled with committed and non-committed players, with a majority of them hailing from New Jersey.

One thing Matias is intrigued about is early playing time.

"I think it's that for everybody," he said. "I'm just going to go in (somewhere) and play ball and see how it goes."

As for the trip to Florida State, Matias was pleased with the experience.

"It was pretty good," said Matias, who talked about what stood out. "The tradition, the winning program and the offensive line they have."

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