While colleges all over the country have already begun to take notice of Plymouth (Pa.) Wyoming Valley West two-way lineman Kurt Mattes, one school has already taken action. The Virginia Cavaliers have offered him a full scholarship, with almost a year until Signing Day 2005. How long will it take others to fall in line?
While his brother, Brian Mattes, is a member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish team, Boston College, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse, along with Virginia are the schools showing the most early interest.
Kurt currently plays tight end but projects as an offensive lineman/defensive lineman at the next level at 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds with a 4.8-second 40-yard dash time. As a junior he was named first team all-conference and as a sophomore made the honorable mention all-conference team.
“I am looking at the type of people there and the success of the program,” Kurt commented. “I am also really looking at the education.” He currently maintains a 4.2 GPA and has already scored a 1,280 on the SAT.
“I am aggressive and always try to finish the play,” he described his playing style. “I always try to be the most aggressive player on the field at all times.”
Kurt was busy last fall attending the Virginia – Wake Forest, Penn State – Temple, Notre Dame – Navy, and Pitt – Syracuse games. He did not attend any camps last summer, but plans to go to several this year.