Hemlock, Mich., offensive lineman Zac Matthias is still searching for his first scholarship offer, but at 6-foot-5 and 292 pounds, there's no question he's got the body to play big-time college football.
Matthias also believes he's got the skills, too.
"I feel that for my size, I get off the ball well," Matthias said recently at the Rivals.com Five-Star Academy at Michigan State. "I follow through with the block. I can finish the run block and then head up field and get to the next level."
Not bad at all for a player that didn't start with football until the eighth grade.
"I was always the big guy that everybody wanted to play football but I didn't," he said. "I think my high school team is smaller, so it's harder to show my abilities to some people because of the level of competition. I think it's going to go well this fall, and I'll show them what I have to offer.
"Mostly, I need to improve on my 40 speed. I want to get faster and stronger. My 225 is I believe subpar. I need to get that up. I want to get ready for the combines and camps this summer."
Matthias said a solid core of schools are sending him mail and showing him interest.
"I'm being recruited pretty heavily by Michigan and Michigan State," he said. "I'm getting letters from Western, Eastern and some of the smaller MAC schools. I'm also getting stuff from Purdue, Illinois, Notre Dame and Iowa.
"Mostly Michigan and Michigan State are recruiting me hard. I like Michigan State. I like the coaching change. I think coach Dantonio is going to bring more of a winning attitude to the program. I like where he's coming from. I've always been more of a Michigan fan, but I've always enjoyed the rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State. Watching that growing up was pretty cool."
Matthias will attend the NIKE Training Camp this spring and is still trying to decide what college camps he should attend.