Where Does Rutgers Stand With Matias?

Since ScarletReport.com last updated the recruitment of Union (N.J.) Hill High offensive lineman Josue Matias, much has changed. Instead of five offers, including one from Rutgers, he now has a dozen, including ones from Florida and Wisconsin. So, with the increased attention in the last month, has Matias changed his thinking about the Scarlet Knights? Or does he still view them in a strong light?

Union (N.J.) Hill High offensive lineman Josue Matias' recruitment has remained mostly out of public view so far, but it hasn't kept schools from flocking to the North Jersey school.

In fact, in the last month, Matias has picked up several high-profile offers, including ones from Florida, Michigan State, North Carolina, South Florida, Louisville, Wisconsin and South Carolina.

Those go along with offers from Rutgers, Connecticut, Purdue, East Carolina and Maryland.

"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.''

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