Big Offensive Lineman Another WVU Target

West Virginia is hunting for offensive tackle prospects in this year's football recruiting class, and one of the biggest ones on the list has the Mountaineers atop his board.

Smyrna, Delaware native Matt Hesseltine has gathered interest from a number of eastern football schools, but after receiving an offer and visiting the West Virginia campus, has the Mountaineers atop his list.

"Coach Kirelawich offered me when he came to visit, and I had a good time on my trip to West Virginia," the 6-6, 345-pound tackle related. "I didn't get to see all of the campus, but I liked what I saw. The football facilities were really, really nice. I like the way everything is together there in one location. You can work out, eat, get academic help, study, it's all right there. The football facilities were really nice too.

"After seeing West Virginia, they are definitely at the top of my list."

Hesseltine, along with a number of other offensive line prospects, went through drills under the guidance of veteran line mentor Rick Trickett, who immediately earned the rising senior's respect.

"I liked Coach Trickett. He's very hands on and he's a high energy guy," Hesseltine said of his meeting with the coach on his first visit to WVU. "I've had several people tell me he's one of the best in the game right now. He has put a lot of linemen in the pros."

WVU is the only school to offer Hesseltine so far, but he is expecting more offers shortly. He has received interest from schools such as Maryland, Duke, Rutgers, Michigan State, Temple and Syracuse.

Hesseltine, like many players, is looking to make his college choice before his senior year begins.

"I'm planning on going to camps at Maryland, Temple and Michigan State this summer, said the big tackle, who showed very good size and mobility for a player of his stature. "I haven't really set a timetable yet, but I'll probably go to these camps, then make my decision this summer before the season starts."

Hesseltine is a latecomer to the game, but one that has quickly made up for lost time. He was unable to Pop Warner football due to his size, so his freshman year in high school was his first time on the playing field. He progressed quickly, and last year as a junior was a two-way starter for Smyrna High.

He earned first team all-conference honors for his offensive line play, and second team awards on the defensive side of the ball. He was also an honorable mention all-state selection on offense.


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