This morning we reported that 2016 SF Christian Matthews was on campus for a visit with the NC State coaching staff yesterday. Today we were able to catch up with Matthews and he broke down his visit for us and where NC State stands amongst the other schools that are recruiting him.
“Yesterday the visit was great. We went all around the campus and met the basketball team,” Matthews said. “They told me that I reminded them a lot of T.J. Warren, and I took that as a huge compliment, because he’s in the NBA now.”
Matthews says that Georgia Tech was the first team to really start recruiting him.
“The first school that started recruiting me was really Georgia Tech. They came to the gym, because there was this big 6’10” kid that was being recruited by them,” Matthews said. “They watched me progress for a little bit and then they offered me a scholarship.”
Then NC State came along while Matthews was playing in New Jersey, and they were interested.
“They continued to watch me over the AAU season, and then back in mid-April Rob Moxley called me and offered me a scholarship over the phone.” said Matthews
At this point Matthews will visit a few other schools, but more than likely won’t take all five of his visits. At this point it is very clear that Georgia Tech and NC State are the two schools recruiting him the hardest.
When asked if he was getting closer to making a decision or if he was still wide open, he had this to say:
“I think I’m getting close. I’m a lot closer than I was before when they (NC State) offered me because I took the visit now,” Matthews said. “My father and coach have been talking to me about how NC State is a really good school and that I should look into it. Both of those people have never let me down and have always told me the truth. I’m listening to them and NC State is at the top of my list right now.”
Mark Gottfried and his staff have done a great job of making an impression on Matthews, and it is clear that same impression has been made on the most significant figures in his life as well.