Spring Branch (Texas) Smithson Valley running back Lawrence Mattison had the chance stay close to home, but the family feel and comfort that the Oregon State coaches provided the three-star running back led Mattison to become a Beaver.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound back committed to Oregon State on Friday, choosing to head to Corvallis, Ore., over the chance to play at nearby UTSA.
"I'm really excited," Mattison told RecruitingNation on Friday night. "It made my day that much better. It makes me comfortable that I have a school to go to instead of not knowing."
Mattison was recruited by running backs coach Chris Brasfield and said he has established a good relationship with Brasfield, as well as head coach Mike Riley.
"He's an awesome guy," Mattison said. "He basically let me know that if I'm going to come there, they want me really, really bad. They see me not only as a football player, but as a man."
Mattison hasn't had the chance to take any official visits but will take one to Oregon State on Jan. 11. He attended UTSA's season finale against Texas State on Nov. 24 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Recently, he had the chance to watch Oregon State practice in the Alamodome in advance of the Valero Alamo Bowl and liked what he saw. He also speaks highly of Riley.
"Coach Riley is an awesome guy," Mattison said. "He's well-spoken, and he showed me that he cares about his guys."
Mattison is fired up at the opportunity to see the campus next week.
"Coming in I plan to work my butt off and play for three or four years and try to set up a good future for myself," he said. "I'm really looking forward to [my official visit] and seeing where I'm going to be for the next four years."
Mattison also had an offer from Houston and interest from several other schools.