Steven Matlock made an official recruiting visit to Idaho over the weekend, and hit it off with new football coach Paul Petrino and his staff.
The 6-foot-2, 275-pound Capital High offensive lineman was offered a scholarship on the spot, which he accepted Sunday night.
It was just a combination of the community, the people and overall the campus itself, Matlock said. Everything is within walking distance, its beautiful and theres great people up there.
Matlock, a 5A All-Idaho first team selection on the offensive line, said he will likely grayshirt and join the program next January.
Capital coach Todd Simis said Matlock was overlooked by some schools because of his height, but his athletic ability makes up for it.
They loved him on film and they felt like height wasnt an issue, Simis said. Hes a great football player. He plays hard every play.
Matlock played tackle and guard for the Eagles, but could move to center for the Vandals, Simis said.
The three-year starter was a first-team selection on both sides of the ball in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference this past season. On defense, Matlock had 46 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, five sacks and one fumble recovery.
On offense, Matlock played right and left guard, helping protect All-Idaho quarterback Makena Simis, who passed for 2,240 yards and 24 TDs and rushed for 535 yards and eight more TDs.
Matlock also received interest from South Dakota State, Weber State and Western Oregon, he said.
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