Auburn’s search for offensive linemen in this year’s recruiting cycle brought Herb Hand all the way to Washington D.C. Sunday evening.
The newly hired offensive line coach made the trek from Alabama for an in-home visit with junior college offensive tackle Breontae Matthews after a busy weekend in which the Tigers hosted 11 official visitors.
“He was only here for 30-to-35 minutes,” said Matthews, the No. 14 prospect at his position. “He basically told me he liked my highlights. He told me the type of offense they’re running and the position they’re in next year. Two spots are available to compete at next year.”
Matthews says he began receiving interest from Auburn this past Thursday, minutes after he announced his latest offer from Missouri. Hand, according to Matthews, looked over his highlights and contacted him shortly thereafter, but the Tigers have yet to extend an offer.
That could very well change in the coming days. Marshall is in the process of sending over his transcripts and says he expects the staff will offer him once that information is received. It would appear, however, that Auburn is operating with little time.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pound standout from Fullerton College (Fullerton, Calif.) is scheduled to take an official visit to Missouri this weekend. A decision, he says, could follow soon after. He recently turned down opportunities at North Texas and West Virginia.
“Depending on how I feel after the Missouri visit, I might shut my recruitment down,” Matthews said. “I may not. It depends on how I’m feeling, whether I want to take the offer to visit. How the Missouri visit goes will determine if I commit that Monday or not.”
Marshall said the coaching staff views him as its top junior college priority, and for good reason. Auburn has secured only one verbal commitment along the offensive line in four-star tackle Brodarious Hamm (Griffin, Ga.).
Could a late offer influence Marshall’s looming decision?
“It might,” Matthews said. “I’m going to talk it over with my coaches. I’m kind of really trying to get it done and choose the right school for me so I can get my academic plan straight so I’ll be ready to go in the summer. The longer I’m waiting, the more stress it is on me.”
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