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58 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Breontae Matthews

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In which BracketCat counts down the 58th day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Breontae Matthews.

Breontae Matthews
Breontae Matthews has future offensive tackle written all over him. But he still needs to lose a little more weight, in my amateur opinion.

#58 Breontae Matthews

Redshirt Junior | 6-5 | 340 lbs. | Washington, D.C.
Breontae Matthews
Breontae Matthews
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: Fullerton (Calif.) College
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Breontae Matthews (b. April 3, 1995) is a mammoth offensive lineman who used the 2016 season to redshirt and transition to the Division I level. He will vie for playing time along the offensive front in 2017. Matthews would be the first Washington, D.C., native to play for the Wildcats since Kevin Huntley in 2003 and 2004.

A three-year starter for Suitland High School under 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. He also helped the Rams to earn a 29-4 record during his three years, in which he did not allow a sack.

Matthews then started every game for the Fullerton 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 year in 2015.