The Land of Enchantment is known for many wondrous things and for the class of 2010, the state of New Mexico will known as home to one of the nation's top offensive line prospect in Matthew Hegarty (6-5, 265, 5.2) from Aztec, N.M., the talented Mr. Hegarty, already has 10 offers and with more on the way.
Rivals.com first became acquainted with Hegarty was with his standout performance at David Schuman's Top 100 Underclassmen Camp last July and were impressed by his toughness, athleticism and flexibility.
Proving that his camp performance wasn't a fluke, Hegarty was dominating as a junior while dominating the opposition, he earned first-team all-district and first-team all-state.
Offers from New Mexico, New Mexico State, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Colorado, Oklahoma, Minnesota, San Diego State and Harvard.
UCLA, Cal and other Pac 10 schools are on the verge of offering Hegarty a scholie.
What is Hegarty looking for in a college?
"I would probably say, the chance to go ahead and really start playing within in a couple of years," Hegarty said. "Education is also something to look at. Location isn't really going to be much of a factor for me.
"I will also be looking at strength of the program," Hegarty said. "I would like to play for someone who is doing well and their program is going in the right direction.
"Also coaching stability," Hegarty said. "That's probably going to be another big one.
"I am looking to commit before the season starts," Hegarty said. "I would like to get that out of the way and put the focus on my last year of high school football and try and have a good season.
"Right now we are kind of finishing things up with basketball and have been kind of busy, but when things kind of settle down, we will hopefully try and get out and see a few colleges," Hegarty said. "Then maybe take a few visits when the summer starts getting rolling.
Being up in the four corners area where four western states all meet, did Hegarty have a favorite school growing up?
"I didn't have a whole lot of favorites growing up," Hegarty said. "When I was younger I liked basketball a lot and spent most of my time practicing and playing basketball. Now I'm kind of getting more into the football side of things.
Originally from Denver could there be any ties to CU or CSU?
"I had an uncle that went to CU," Hegarty said. "When he heard that Colorado offered, he was really excited about that one so he has kind of been pushing for them. He's going to be a kind of a little behind the scenes recruiter probably for them."
In the weight room, Hegarty has outstanding lower body strength, as his 535-pound squat would indicate. He has a solid 275-pound bench press when you consider his long arms, it is even a better lift.
At this point Hegarty is not looking to do any camps this summer, but he could end up attending a few and is not closed to the idea of attending any camp.
Hegarty is just as good in the classroom as he is on the football field as he carries a 3.8 GPA and will take his SAT and ACT in April and May.