September 21, 2010

Matias narrows list to six

With two linemen set to graduate following the 2010 season, it seems the Wisconsin coaching staff is focused on bringing in a couple of linemen recruits to keep the strong tradition of big Badger lines continuing.

At 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, it looks as though Josue Matias fits the bill. And he has some genuine interest in the Badgers, too.

"I know Wisconsin is a great school for linemen," Matias told Sunday evening. "That's why I've got them near the top. I have a great relationship with one of the coaches, Greg Jackson."

At this juncture, Matias has Wisconsin in his top six along with Rutgers, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Connecticut. The Rivals 250 and four-star offensive tackle prospect is hoping to set up and utilize all five visits in the future, though he hasn't gotten to that quite yet.

Wisconsin seems to be a school he'd like to take in.

"I'd probably consider making a visit there," Matias said. "I just haven't really done the things to make the visit yet."

Though he is currently sidelined with a torn patella tendon in his knee, an injury that has the potential of keeping him out for the remainder of his senior season, Matias made it clear no schools are backing off of him.

While he has no new offers, he hasn't had any rescinded, either.

"They still know I'm a great player so they still come out," Matias said. "No offers have been taken away from me so far."

Acknowledging his recent injury has made setting a timetable for his college decision "confusing," he said his final decision will come from the list of six schools mentioned above.

In talking Wisconsin, Matias said he tries to keep up with the Badgers, though it's tough sometimes considering he lives in New Jersey.

"I don't get a lot of their games in my cable box," Matias said. "But I still watch some of them on ESPN or my iPod Touch just to see how they're doing."

While being on the sideline has been frustrating for Matias as he copes with his injury, the senior is still confident in his team's ability to bounce back from a rocky 0-2 start.

"Right now my team is off to a rough start," Matias said. "We're pretty banged up but once we get rolling we're going to be good."

UW currently has 11 verbal commitments for the 2011 class.

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