With a 4.2 GPA (on a scale of 4), Mattes is looking at universities with strong academics. Right now, his top eight schools are, "Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Indiana, Michigan, Connecticut, Maryland, Notre Dame and Virginia."
Mattes has visited Charlottesville a few times and said, "It's a really nice campus and town."
While some recruits spend their summer visiting colleges, Mattes will not. He is going to spend the off-season concentrating on football. Last year, Mattes led the Wyoming Valley West Spartans to a 5-5 record, but that does not satisfy him.
"I'm lifting and conditioning Monday through Friday. My team has high expectations. We should be good, we get everybody back. I'm the only one being recruited," he said.
Mattes will not hurry to a decision. He does not have any visits (official or unofficial) lined up, and plans on waiting before committing somewhere. When asked about a commitment timeframe, he responded, "I'll probably wait awhile."
This versatile prospect plays a variety of positions, including tight end, offensive tackle, and defensive line. Still, he has no preference in where he plays on the field:
"It doesn't matter to me. I like different things about them all."
Mattes will be playing offensive tackle in college. Every school recruiting him is targeting him as an OT.