Chancellor (Fredericksburg, VA) boasts two class of 2017 recruits right now with FBS-level offers and may have a few more by the time the 2016 season arrives. The headliner of the group is Yetur Matos, a 6’5”, 230-pound defensive end with outstanding speed and athleticism.
Matos, who is considered one of the top overall high school juniors in the state, was credited with 74 total tackles including 13.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks this past season, which was only his fourth year playing organized football.
“A name that comes up with UNC being in the mix is Julius Peppers,” Chargers assistant coach Patrick Lilly answered when asked if college coaches had likened Matos to any other players. “Yetur was a state qualifier in the 200 meters as a freshman. He still hasn’t really lifted a lot of weights. He has a frame where I think he can get to 270 or 280 and keep most of his athleticism. It wouldn’t shock me one day to see him as a 3-technique, big-time defensive tackle. He’s also as explosive as anybody I’ve ever seen coming off the edge. I’ve played against good kids and coached good kids, but I’ve never seen a kid like this.”
The recruiting world may soon find out where Matos will play his college football, as a decision is expected to come this spring. The star junior recently visited UNC and will visit Penn State on February 27. Matos will visit Virginia Tech and UVA as well before making a decision.
“Penn State, UNC, Virginia Tech, and I think Duke is a fourth school up there,” Lilly said. “With UVA, it’ll depend on how he feels around the staff.”
“The Matos family, they don’t take any of these offers for granted. They have tried to be very thorough,” Lilly added.
With respect to the Hokies, a January meeting with Bud Foster and Justin Fuente helped give Virginia Tech a serious chance in this race.
“Coach Foster especially because he is our area recruiter,” Lilly said. “Bud is as classy as they come. He is a consummate professional. He is one of the few coaches who literally came to recruit Yetur every opportunity he could. That was big. He is one of the guys Yetur has had a long relationship with. Coach Fuente, when we all got to...
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