Matias Makes Plans

One of the best offensive tackles on the East Coast, Union (NJ) High's Josue Matias is starting to plan his official visits. One of those confirmed visits is to Wisconsin, which he tells Badger Nation about.

MADISON - 2011 3-star offensive tackle Josue Matias (Union Senior HS, Union, NJ) is going to wait until after his official visits to make a decision, and it looks like 6-foot-5, 290-pound Matias may have a tough time choosing when it's time to pull the trigger.

"It's just hard because I like so many of these schools," Matias told Badger Nation. "I can't wait for my official visit to Wisconsin but I also like Rutgers and Maryland and Florida is in there, too."

Matias will head to Badger territory for a visit on October 16 when Wisconsin host Ohio State under the Camp Randall lights. He says he likes what he's hearing from Wisconsin so far.

"I'm really looking forward to that visit," he said. "I think it will be nice to get over there and see everything and I like how they play there."

Still, Matias can't help but think very highly of Rutgers since it is close to home. It was thought that he favored Rutgers for a little while but Matias says that isn't the case right now.

"I mean, I love Rutgers and I love that it is close to home so my mom could come see me play all the time, but I do want to give everyone a chance," he said. "I like the coaches there and the players on the O-Line. Also the environment is great and school is really good, too."

Another school grabbing Matias' attention is much further south. Florida is somewhere Matias could see himself playing.

"It's an SEC school which is pretty cool and great competition," Matias said. "I admire their center Mike Pouncey and I think the NFL is always interested in SEC players. I actually have a coach for my high school team, Carlos Perez, who played at Florida so he tells me about the Gators a lot. He was a wide receiver there. I haven't set a date for a visit or anything yet but I want to take an official there."

Matias has been dealing with a knee injury but he says he's still very active with his team while trying to recover. Here's what he does well when he's not battling an injury:

"I'm a good all around player," he said. "I really do well blocking the run and getting low. Also, I'm explosive off the ball. I've been doing more of a coach role lately because I've been hurt so that's been good for me. I'm encouraging my teammates and I'm seeing the game differently."

Matias hasn't "officially" named a top five but he says Rutgers, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Georgia are the schools he will choose from most likely.

"I would take an official to Florida before I would take a visit to Georgia," he said. "Obviously I have an official planned to Wisconsin so that's good and then I'm going to visit North Carolina, too."


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