Upon being announced as the new head coach at NC State, Tom O'Brien declared that the Wolfpack's…
Mattes: 'It Was All Coach O'Brien'
R.J. Mattes admits that he heard the rumors. A lot of folks expected him to commit to Clemson. Others felt he would follow in his dad's footsteps and play at Virginia. Few thought his eventual destination would be Raleigh, North Carolina. "Yes sir, I kept hearing all kinds of rumors," said Mattes. "To be honest with you, I never had a clue where I was going... I didn't know for sure until here recently. It surprised me that some people had me going to this school or that school. "Everyone would bug me about it, but I was telling them the truth when I said I had no idea and I had no leaders." Mattes, regarded as the top offensive lineman in the Carolinas and the No. 11 offensive tackle in the country according to Scout.com, garnered dozens of offers but narrowed his focus to NC State, Clemson, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina fairly early. His signature performance came in the 2007 Shrine Bowl when he lined up for much of the day against five-star defensive end...
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