May 28, 2010

"Mean streak" tackle talks about Georgia

Unless you're a real diehard follower of the annual recruiting wars, the name Josue Matias might not ring a bell.

But college coaches certainly know his story.

At 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, the offensive tackle from Union City, N.J. has been racking up the offers, including one from Georgia, his third from an SEC school thus far.

"It stands out," Matias said of the Bulldog offer. "I never thought I was that good to get an offer like that (from an SEC school)."

Matias' list of schools seems to be getting bigger every day.

Along with offers from Florida and South Carolina, schools like Pittsburgh, Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan State and Purdue have also made their pitch.

Matias admits all the attention has been somewhat overwhelming.

"At first it was good, now in a way I'm ready for it to all come to an end," he said. "I'm just taking it step by step. It gets kind of old sometime, but I'm very excited about what's going on."

Matias is being recruited to Georgia by Bulldog defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos, who was courting the athletic big man back when he was an assistant at Connecticut.

"He (Lakatos) was recruiting me before, so I've known him a little while," Matias said. "I think he's a cool guy, somebody I could work with if I decided to come to Georgia."

Matias hopes to visit Athens sometimes this summer, but is unsure of when that might be. Maryland and Rutgers are the only schools he has visited thus far.

Although the Bulldogs were somewhat late in offering compared to other schools, Matias said he will not hold that against the Georgia coaches.

"No, not at all," he said. "I have been kind of waiting, but I'm not disappointed that it took this long. They're not too late."

However, Matias admits he's not as up on the Bulldogs as he is some of the other schools in his area.

"I know they were ranked No. 1 in preseason a couple of years ago, but that's about it," he said. "But I want to learn more."

Whoever he signs with, Matias said he'll bring a hard-nose attitude to work everyday.

"People say I've got kind of a means streak," he said. "I just play very hard. Coaches tell me they love my size, the fact I can move and am very athletic. I just try to do my best."

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