Giving Tucson a '10'

This past weekend the Wildcat coaches hosted three official visitors for their 52-14 beat down of previously unbeaten UCLA. The coaching staff hosted two defensive ends from California and one cornerback who has already committed to the Cats, Michael Turner.

De'Shon Matthews is a tall aggressive defensive end from Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove, California and he was in town to witness the upset of UCLA and came away really impressed with everything that he saw.

"The visit was really fun, I really liked it a lot out there," said the 6-foot-5 inch Matthews. "I went out with one of my coaches and I just had a lot of fun. The game was amazing and the fans were nuts out there. It was crazy."

During his visit he was hosted by freshman quarterback Willie Tuitama and got to hang out with a lot of the current Wildcats.

"My host was Willie and he is a real cool guy," he said. "I really thought that all of the players would be real cocky at this level and everything but they were all really down to earth just like me, it was great to see. I hung out with Lawrence (Ball), JT (Jonathan Turner), Mike (Thomas), Randy (Sims) and quite a few others. They were all just real cool and fun to be around."

Matthews is being recruited to Arizona by linebackers coach Tim Kish and Kish has made a very positive impression on Matthews so far.

"I really like coach Kish," he said. "He is a fun guy to talk to and I just really like to talk to him. While I was there I really got meet and talk to all of the coaches and I think they are all really cool people. I met with Coach Rob (Joe Robinson) and he would be my position coach. I like him a lot and he showed a lot of interest in me coming and playing early. He said that I have the ability to do that at Arizona and I like that."

As is customary, Matthews was able to sit down in a one on one meeting with Head Coach Mike Stoops and again, Matthews came away with a very good impression of the head man of Arizona Football.

"I met with him and he is a real down to earth guy," said Matthews. "All of the coaches and players and really everyone I met were down to earth and fun to be around."

Matthews went on to say that his favorite part of the visit was not the game, the players or the coaches but something more meaningful.

"My favorite part was definitely just the people out there," he said. "They really showed me a lot of love and treated me as well as I have ever been treated. It was everyone too, the players, the coaches, the fans and just everybody."

Matthews would like to major in Architecture in college and he knows that Arizona provides a solid program in that area. He also enjoyed the facilities and the general feel of the campus in Tucson.

"I really liked everything," he said. "The facilities are really second to none and are far superior to anything I have ever seen and the campus was just beautiful. The weather is perfect and the fans are just incredible and crazy."

After the 52-14 romp of UCLA Matthews said that he had no choice but to follow the crowd and rush the field.

"Oh man, I had no choice really," he said laughing. "I was with the students and I was caught in the crowd so I just went with them. I was going to try and get the locker room but nobody got there right away. It was a lot of fun to be on the field during that."

On a scale of 1-10 Matthews said that his visit to Tucson was, "definitely a ten, if I could go higher I would," he said laughing. Matthews will also visit Washington on December 9th and would like to take all of his visits before he makes a decision.

CatTracks will keep you up to date with Matthews as he goes through the visit process and comes to a decision.

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