Top Target: Kurt Mattes

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Heading into his own recruitment, Kurt Mattes has a pretty good idea of what to expect. His brother, Brian Mattes, was a top recruit in the class of 2002. Brian signed with Notre Dame over Virginia Tech that year, drawing offers from a number of top programs.

Brian’s experience taught Kurt to take a laid-back approach to the recruiting process, which is exactly what the younger Mattes is doing to this point. It also enabled schools to get to know him, and for him to get to see some schools.

“I’m just trying to have fun with it,” Mattes said. “I’m enjoying everything so far…meeting new people and things like that. I had a chance to follow my brother around a lot on visits and things, so I’ve seen a lot of schools [in the past few years]. And coaches saw me when they came to visit.”

Mattes, who projects as an offensive tackle on the next level, is off to a solid start in the offer department. He has three official scholarship offers, from Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Vanderbilt, respectively. UVa was his first official offer, which he was excited to receive.

“It felt real good,” Mattes said of landing his first scholarship offer. “Coach [Al] Groh offered on the junior day back in January. It was during the Duke game. They offered and it was a great feeling.”

Many more schools are showing serious interest in Mattes. He claims no favorites among the three programs that have extended offers.

“I’m not much on favorites right now,” Mattes said. “But I guess my strongest interest right now would be the ones who have offered me so far (laughs). I have three offers – Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Vanderbilt. I’m getting interest from Penn State, Michigan, Iowa, Boston College, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Virginia Tech.”

At 6-6, 262 pounds, Mattes possesses excellent athleticism for his size. He is the starting center on the varsity basketball team and has posted a very good time in the 40 yard dash according to his Head Coach Edward Michaels.

“He’s athletic,” Michaels said. “He runs a 4.9 in the 40. He’s very strong. He can bench press 325 pounds, squat 465 pounds, and power clean 265 pounds. Kurt’s going to be a big player in college. When he graduates here he could be 270, 275 pounds. He’s going to fill out.”

As a freshman and sophomore, Mattes lined up at offensive tackle for Coach Michaels. Last season, he switched to tight end and played along the defensive line as well.