Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial defensive tackle Matthew Romar saw the college interest steadily rise over the course of the 2012 season with Baylor, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, North Texas, Texas Tech, Tulsa, and Utah each offers on the table.
The 6-3, 270-pound standout has been busy with the recruiting process since the 2012 season came to an end. As he heads into the Christmas holiday he is looking to schedule a few official visits.
"It's been crazy but it's been good. I'm setting up official visits," Romar said. "I set up one for Jan. 18, I'm going to Kansas. I don't have scheduled any others yet. I'm trying to figure out where I'm going to visit."
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Before Tommy Tuberville and his staff left Texas Tech, the Red Raiders were also in the mix. He received an in-home visit from the Red Raiders but since the staff left for Cincinnati Romar has not heard from the new Texas Tech coaching staff.
In addition to his visit to Kansas, Romar is looking to schedule a visit to Baylor for January 25. Mississippi State, Missouri, and Houston are also keeping in touch with the Memorial standout. Out of those five schools, three are currently standing out.
"UofH, Baylor, and Kansas," Romar said. "They're putting in the most effort. They're calling me every week and checking up on me and checking on my grades."
Romar, who was named 21-5A Defensive MVP and Honorable Mention 5A All-State, is taking everything in as he prepares for the home stretch of recruiting. As he looks at his options there are a few things in his future college home.
"First they have to have my major (criminal justice) and a good defense," Romar said. "I like a 4-3 defense."