Pearl River OT prospect has two early suitors

A JUCO offensive line prospect that has been attracting a lot of early attention so far this year is Pearl River OT Chandlor Matthews-York (6-5, 290). spoke to the talented lineman recently and he updated us on his offers as well as what he does best on the football field...

"I'm a much more polished pass-blocker at this point," Matthews-York admitted recently. "I'm a good run-blocker, don't get me wrong, but I've been pass-blocking for so long and in our offense we are asked to do that a lot."

Last season, Matthews-York held down the left tackle spot for the Wildcats and helped keep freshman QB Melvin German upright long enough to put up big numbers.

"We're out of the spread and with (German) you have to be on your toes a lot because he can go almost anywhere, he's so athletic," Matthews-York noted.

With his ideal size and athleticism, Matthews-York has garnered a lot of early attention with two schools extending offers.

"Marshall and Louisiana-Lafayette both have offered," Matthews-York said. "I have been talking to a lot of other schools -- Kansas State, Washington State, Toledo, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Utah.

"I'm not really close to deciding anything so schools have some time to recruit me and offer.

"I want to get some visits in during my season and just keep my options open. I'll make my decision after that and then I plan to sign in December."

Matthews-York prepped St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and didn't qualify until late in the process so he had some decisions to make.

"I didn't go through the (NCAA) Clearinghouse at all since I didn't really know what I needed to do," Matthews-York noted. "I really liked the Pearl River coaches, especially coach (Drew) Causey, the offensive line coach.

"He just kept in touch with me thoughout the process and really made me feel at home and comfortable."

Matthews-York boasts a 375-pound bench press and said getting stronger this summer, as well as working on his overall game, is what he's focused on.

"I want to be as successful as I can be and I know I need to get stronger," Matthews-York said. "I'll get there. I want to be in the 400s before I leave, so this summer I'll be focused on a lot of working out and lifting and also on my conditioning and technique because you always have to work on that stuff."

Matthews-York is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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