Is Matias Getting Close to a Decision?

Union (N.J.) Hill High offensive lineman Josue Matias' recruitment has taken place out of the public's eye, but it doesn't mean schools aren't after him. He holds more than 20 offers and is being recruited by schools across the nation. He spoke to about his recruitment and whether he is close to making a decision. He also relayed the interesting tale of his football beginnings.

Union (N.J.) Hill offensive lineman Josue Matias chuckled when explaining how his football career began.

He was watching the movie, Little Giants, in which a powerhouse peewee football team is beaten by a collection of players thrown together after some where snubbed in trying to join the other team.

"I thought football was going to be like that so I decided to join," Matias said. "But I came out with a different result."

Still, things seem to be working out well on a personal level for Matias, who has Rutgers, Florida, Wisconsin and North Carolina among his 20-plus offers.

The only place he visited in the summer was Rutgers, and he has no other visits scheduled. He also isn't stressing about his recruitment, nor is he close to trimming his list or making a decision.

"My thoughts are to take my time with it, and never decide early because you never know what can happen," Matias said. "I'm just waiting."

He remains open to all the schools, and says no one is in contact with him more than others.

"I think everybody is talking to me," Matias said. "It's hard to say (who is the most) because coaches are always messaging me on Facebook and telling me to call them."

Matias' proximity to Rutgers has allowed him to visit the campus on numerous occasions, including a stint at the Big Man academy last month, where he continued to build his relationship with offensive line coach Kyle Flood and head coach Greg Schiano.

"Coach Flood taught me a bunch at the Big Man Academy and we talk about it, so it's going good with him right now," Matias said. "I actually talk to (coach Schiano) on Facebook and I call him on the phone some times. He tells me that by committing I could change things and people would follow."

For now, though, Matias is content to let the recruiting process play out as he readies for what will be a very different senior season under first-year coach Wilbur Valdez.

"Our new coach is a very fast-paced guy," Matias said. "He's always going full speed. He's always running around. Every time we do something slow, he has us do it again. He says football isn't played slow. It's played fast."

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