The Utes landed their one, and likely only, commitment for the 2011 class in Arizona small forward George Matthews. InsideTheUtes caught up with Matthews' uncle Marcus about his recruitment and commitment to Utah.
The 6 foot 6 swingman gave Coach Jim Boylen a verbal commitment on October 14th and intends to sign with the Utes during the early signing period in November.
"It's been a long process. We're glad it's over with and George can focus on his season now," says Uncle Marcus.
Matthews has offers from all over the country including Seton Hall, West Virginia, St. Mary's, and Rutgers, but the relationship he built with Boylen and assistant Barret Peery was different than any other coaching staff put in.
"The deciding factor was the relationship with coach Perry and coach Boylen and the time they put in with him. Utah has been recruiting George since July of 2009. Boylen came in with a different delivery than the other coaches and made George a priority. They came into our home and reached out to us about developing him as a player and as a person. They showed that they wanted George, instead of telling George why he should want them."
While schools from all over had offered, the draw of the Pac 10 made the Utes too hard to ignore.
"Going to the Pac 10 was huge. It made all the difference in the world. It's hard to say if they (Utah) hadn't gone to the Pac 10 what would have happened, but it would have made things more difficult."
Being able to play games at home in Arizona and being only an hour away via plan were also selling points.
"Salt Lake City is close to Phoenix, only about an hour away flying. Being able to play against Arizona and ASU was definitely a positive."
With a coach on the hot seat, there are still concerns over whether Boylen will still be in Utah when Matthews enrolls.
"It was a concern. We met with the AD (Chris Hill) and it was addressed, but we're very confident that he'll still be there. George definitely wants to be a Ute and wants Coach Boylen to be there. He's a coach with NBA experience and that was instrumental in his recruitment. We know the NBA is a longshot, but Boylen can help prepare him, and help him to become a professional."
While schools like Clemson and Colorado are still trying to arrange visits for George, his uncle indicated that the recruitment process is over.
"He won't be taking anymore visits. George wants to be a Ute."
Utes Get Their Man In Matthews
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