"I visited Northwestern and I loved the campus and I liked how close the team was with each other.
"In the end, I picked Northwestern over Pittsburgh and Indiana because I just felt that Northwestern was the place for me.
Mattes, a 6-foot-6, 275-pounder, from Plymouth (Pa.) West Wyoming Valley is a highly ranked football player but he's more impressive in the classroom.
Mattes carries a perfect 4.2 grade point average in the classroom, taking advanced honor courses and he scored an impressive 1420 on his SAT.
Kurt is a four-year varsity starter. Northwestern is recruiting Mattes as an offensive lineman but he's so athletic that he played tight end and defensive tackle the past two seasons at West Wyoming Valley.
"I had 50 tackles, 19 of those tackles were solo, 11 tackles for loss and 7 sacks this year," Mattes said.
"I also had 15 receptions for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns as a tight end.
Kurt Mattes is being recruited by Northwestern assistant coach James Patton. This is a super get for the ‘Cats, who get an athletic, physical lineman, who can play in space.
Kurt Mattes has an older brother (Brian) playing football at Notre Dame.