Matulis Commits To Gamecocks

Lake Worth, FL Park Vista High School OL Mike Matulis ended his recruitment on Saturday by committing to the South Carolina Gamecocks while on his second unofficial visit to Columbia, giving the Gamecocks their 11th commitment of the 2011 class.

    The 6-foot-6, 275 pound Matulis enthusiastically confirmed his commitment saying, "I'm very proud about it and am very happy about my commitment to South Carolina."  

The Gamecocks were able secure Matulis's commitment over a host of other big time schools that had offered the Sunshine State prospect.  Matulis had offers from Florida State, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Kentucky and others on the table when he committed to the Gamecocks.  

Matulis had visited the Gamecocks earlier in the year, but expressed the need to learn just a little more about the school and the need to sit down and speak with Head Coach Steve Spurrier face to face.  "We met with Coach Spurrier and everything went well.  That was the last piece of the puzzle, meeting with Coach Spurrier", said Matulis.  "I wanted to see how everything felt before I committed.  I ended up feeling that everything was just right, so I committed."  

Matulis's father also described the moment when his son decided that South Carolina was the school for him, "We met Coach Spurrier today, which is one of the things we wanted to do", said his father.  "After the meeting with Coach Spurrier, Michael felt comfortable in making a commitment to South Carolina".  His father continued, "After meeting Coach Spurrier today, it just happened", described his father. "While we were speaking with Coach Spurrier, Mike just looked over at me and committed, and told me that this was the place he wanted to be."  

Matulis's father also talked about his feelings surrounding his son's commitment to the Gamecocks.  "We are very excited for Michael.  It was a good fit and we got along with the coaches right off the bat."  

He took time as well to elaborate on the great job the Gamecock coaching staff did, in particular the job that Coach Jeep Hunter and Coach Shawn Elliott did in the recruitment of his son.  "Coach Hunter and Coach Elliott were absolutely terrific", he said.  "They were very open about everything and they were able to communicate perfectly what we felt like we needed to hear as parents."  

Matulis's parents are not strangers to the collegiate recruiting world after having another son who had previously gone through a similar process.  "We've been through this before with one of our other sons in another sport, but we left it up to Michael to make his own decision", Matulis's father said.  "He is the one that is going to be here for the next four or five years, so he has to comfortable enough to make his own decision".  Matulis's father was obviously comfortable with the Gamecocks as well, as he said, "It's a very good school academically, they have good tradition, and Coach Spurrier is a legend."  

Matulis talked about his love for the campus and the vision of the overall football program at South Carolina. "I absolutely love the facilities here", Matulis said.  "They are amazing, and the weight room is state of the art.  They have a great plan in place for the growth of the program and for the facilities needed to play big time football.  When it comes down to it though, I decided I wanted to be a Gamecock because of how I felt inside.  I just knew it was the right place for me."  

Matulis wanted to make clear his commitment to South Carolina is solid.  "I'm committed to this school, and when I say I'm committed, I'm committed", said Matulis.  "So as long as they are committed to me, then I'm committed to them"

  Matulis concluded by taking time to express his feelings to all Gamecocks fans.  "I'm very happy to be coming up and playing for them", said Matulis.  "I'm going to play as hard as I can.  They deserve the best I've got, and that's how I'm going to play as a Gamecock and for the fans."

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