Matias Talks Injury, Possible Leader

One of Rutgers' top targets is Union (N.J.) Senior High offensive lineman Josue Matias, who recently learned how long a knee injury will keep him sideline. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Matias spoke to about the injury, what is going on in recruiting, and discussed whether or not the Scarlet Knights are in the lead. Check out what he had to say about the situation.

Union (N.J.) Senior High offensive lineman Josue Matias pushed his recruitment to the back burner throughout the spring and summer as he concentrated on being a leader and turning around the fortunes of his team.

He nearly had all fall to consider his recruitment after injuring his knee in what was initially feared to be a season-ending injury.

"I have a bruised knee. I'll probably miss a couple of games," Matias told "I twisted the wrong way. I'm on crutches for now. No, I'm not out for the year."

Union opens the season Sept. 11 at Montclair, then has a bye before facing Kearny on Sept. 24. Matias is hopeful he will not miss any games beyond that, but the down time could give the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder a chance to delve further into his recruitment.

He holds close to 20 offers, and despite not officially trimming his list, it appears Matias has a few schools in mind he is considering over others.

There is talk in recruiting circles Matias is favoring Rutgers, and he addressed that topic.

"I always change my mind," Matias said. "One day it's Rutgers, another day it could be Florida. I don't know. We'll see."

Matias made unofficial visits to Rutgers and Maryland, and is uncertain whether he will make any more trips, or take any official visits, during the season.

Coming off a 3-7 season and with the offseason focus being on improving under first-year coach Wilbur Valdez, Matias wasn't focused much on his recruitment.

And with the start of the season two weeks away, Matias again is pouring his focus onto the field rather than off it.

"I'm kind of pushing it aside a little bit and trying to worry about my season," Maias said.

Matias he is unsure whether he could commit to a school he did not yet visit, but added it was unlikely.

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