Posted: 11:18 pm Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Atlantic LB Jephete Matilus committed to Minnesota, listening to Kansas 

By Matt Porter

The October firing of head coach Tim Brewster has left many Minnesota commits, like Atlantic’s Jephete Matulis, weighing other offers.

Matilus is hearing what other programs have to say. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Matilus is hearing what other programs have to say. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Matilus (6-0, 220, No. 14 on the Big Board) said he’s committed, but the Gophers still haven’t named a head coach, and the uncertainty regarding the Gophers’ future worries him.

“I wouldn’t say I’m leaning away from Minnesota,” he said Tuesday. “I don’t know what’s going on up there. I don’t know who’s going to be the new head coach, all that crazy stuff.”

Matilus remains in contact with Minnesota coaches — whose future is up in the air — and said he’s been told Minnesota will have a new head coach by next week, if not sooner.

Matilus, who changed his commitment from Marshall to Minnesota over the summer, holds scholarship offers from Kansas and Illinois. He met with Kansas Monday night and said he felt comfortable with the coaching staff.

“I feel really good. They’re coming up. They have a whole new coaching staff, and their team is young,” he said of the Jayhawks. “If Kansas is interested, I don’t want to turn down an offer.

Matilus plays in the middle for Atlantic, but could play any linebacker spot in the Jayhawks’ scheme. “They want me to come in and compete,” Matilus said. “They said from watching my highlight film, they know I’m going to fit in their defense.”

Matilus said Marshall, Mississippi State and USF have also shown interest. The Bulls have shown the most of those three.

“USF knows how to make NFL players, and they’re in-state,” Matilus said. “I can come home and visit my mom at any time. And they have a good academic program. The graduation rate is high.” Matilus said he wants to major in communications.

All commitments are non-binding. No player is locked into a school until he signs a national letter of intent. National signing day is Feb. 2.