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Mattes takes two unofficials

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In the past week, four-star offensive tackle R.J. Mattes out of Concord (N.C.) Robinson made stops through North Carolina State and Clemson on unofficial visits. Rivals caught up with the 6-foot-6, 259-pounder to find out what he thought of both games and if either school moved up following the trips.
"NC State was first on Saturday and it was great," he said. "They have a good fan base out there and I got to tailgate with some friends. I also met some of the good class they've got coming in including Andrew Wallace and Brandon Barnes. I just said hi to them and they asked me who my favorite schools are and tried to get me to go there."
Mattes went on to touch about the game.
"It was a good game, although they couldn't pull it out," he stated. "I got to talk to all the coaches afterwards. I met with coach Bridge and O'Brien. They both said they need offensive linemen."
On Monday the No. 32 offensive tackle in the country headed south to Clemson for their contest against Florida State.
"That was great too," he said. "It's probably the best stadium I've been to. They were loud; it was crazy how loud it was. I've never heard it get so loud. It was a great atmosphere with the tailgaters and they came out with a win which was even better."
Mattes was impressed by Clemson's offense.
"Their offense is pretty good with James Davis and C.J. Spiller," he said. "Those guys stole the show.
"During the pregame, I met with every single coach including Tommy Bowden. It was cool meeting him and I like the fact they came away with the victory. He basically told me he thinks I'm the future at left tackle."
Did either visit push the Tigers or Wolfpack into the forefront?
"These were just visits for me to check out the game," he said. "They didn't swing me any other way.
"I'm still down to the same five schools, North Carolina, NC State, Clemson, South Carolina and Virginia."
Next up for Mattes is an official to Virginia on September 29th. He also confirmed he has scheduled a visit in the first week of December to North Carolina.
On the field the No. 8 prospect in North Carolina has helped his team to a 2-1 start.
"We're having a good season so far," he said. "We've got a hardworking team and a bunch of good players especially for being a 4A school with only 29 guys. A lot of us our working our butts off going both ways."
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