Position: Offensive Line
Previous College: Fullerton (Calif.) College
Status: On Scholarship
Breontae Matthews (b. April 3, 1995) is a JUCO offensive lineman who projects as a possible replacement for Cody Whitehair at left tackle, but missing spring might set him back in the competition with Scott Frantz or Alec Ruth.
Matthews will be the first Washington, D.C., native to play for the Wildcats since Kevin Huntley in 2003 and 2004.
A three-year starter for the Suitland High Schoolunder head coach Ed Shields, Matthews earned first-team all-county honors and was invited to play in the Big 33 All-Star Game, in addition to the Prince George’s County vs. Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Challenge.
Matthews also helped Suitland High to earn a 29-4 record during his three years, in which he did not allow a sack.
He then started every game for the Fullerton (Calif.) College Hornets during the last two seasons under head coach Tim Byrnes. Matthews was regarded as one of the top 100 community-college players in the class of 2016 by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, while ESPN rated him the 16th-best community-college offensive tackle in the nation.
Matthews earned first-team All-American honors by the California Community College Football Coaches Association, was a unanimous first-team All-Southern California Football Association All-Southern Conference selection and did not allow a sack during his sophomore campaign in 2015. Watch his JUCO highlights below: