"The Florida one amazed me,'' Matias said. "I wasn't expecting that. I was in class and coach texted me and said I got an offer from the Florida Gators. Personally, I never thought I was that good.''
Indeed, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Matias is that good, and could be battling Angelo Mangiro for honors as the top offensive lineman in New Jersey's talent-rich 2011 class.
Matias said new Union Hill coach Wilbur Valdez, who played for Rutgers coach Greg Schiano at Miami, former Union Hill coach Joe Rotundi and strength and conditioning coach Gonzalo Rodriguez are helping him sort out his recruiting, but he is yet to develop a visit schedule for the summer.
"It depends where coach plans to have me go, but right now we don't have plans to go anywhere,'' Matias said. "I've been talking to everybody. Everybody has been calling me. It's fun, but sometimes it's kind of exhausting.''
Schools are talking to Matias about committing.
"I'm hearing I'll be on a national championship team if I commit but I'm just going to wait right now,'' Matias said. "They keep saying, ‘I think you'll be a great asset to our team,' but I'm going to wait.''
The only schools Matias visited are Maryland and Rutgers, where he visited several times.
"(Maryland) was a good place, but I need something to compare it to,'' Matias said. "I've only seen Rutgers and Maryland.''
But even with the increased attention, Matias remains high on the Scarlet Knights. When asked if he was still "very interested'' in Rutgers, he said "Yes, the same. It's the same feeling as the first time I got the offer.''