During his 48-hour official visit to Rutgers, he got it. And as a result the Scarlet Knights added a huge piece to their recruiting class.
"I was always saying when the time felt right, I was going to commit, and that was today," Matias told ScarletReport.com. "I believe what coach (Greg) Schiano is saying. I believe there are big things happening at Rutgers, like national championships, so I thought it was the right time."
A big part of Matias feeling comfortable at Rutgers is the program embracing his Dominican heritage. When he committed to Schiano, he got a full taste of it.
"He started laughing, hugging me," Matias said. "They also played the Dominican national anthem. It was a great time. It felt like I never left my house. I felt like everything is going to be there for me."
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Matias was hosted by offensive lineman Jorge Vicioso.
But it just wants what Abreu and Vicioso had to say that swayed Matias. He also spent plenty of time with Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) quarterback and Rutgers commit Gary Nova.
"I felt comfortable with what the coaches were saying," Matias said. "We got to hang out, and we got to talk. My parents had a great time, and I had a great time.
"(Nova) e was hanging out with me a lot. We talked, but we never got a chance to talk about recruiting, but he's a cool guy."
Matias, who missed his senior season with a knee injury, said his knee is "doing great" and making a commitment "feels like 100 pounds lifted off of me."
But with Matias' size and athleticism, will he enter Rutgers as a guard or tackle?
"As an offensive lineman that's hungry," he said. "I don't care. As long as I'm on the field, I'll be playing."
Matias, who is from Union City (N.J.) High, made the decision at the end of his official visit to Rutgers.
"He's a great guy and it is a great pickup," Rutgers commit and Long Branch High athlete Miles Shuler said. "His commitment makes this class hold together even more. I got know him during the official visit and he's a great player, and great person."