Monticello safety Brishen Matthews got a big surprise on Thursday.
It was a scholarship offer from the University of Arkansas for the 6-1, 190-pound standout who had 107 tackles and 7 interceptions last season as a junior.
"It was a big shock, but one I am very excited about," Matthews said. "Our coach came up and said I have got some good news for you and you need to make a call.
"So he gave me (Arkansas assistant) Coach (Tim) Horton's number and I called him and he said that ‘we have an offer from you and we want you to be a Razorback,'" Matthews added. "We talked about five minutes and I really liked what he had to say."
Arkansas joins Ole Miss as programs that have offered the prospect – he expects Tulsa and Middle Tennessee State to follow soon - who likes to bring the lumber.
"I have great feet and I feel like I have a real good mindset about playing in the secondary," Matthews said. "I really like to come up in the box and get physical. I love contact."
Matthews says he grew up a fan of many schools in the SEC.
"Look, I have lived in six states in 17 years and I grew up really just a fan of the SEC more than any one school," Matthews said. "I was born in New Orleans, moved to Mississippi, on to Alabama, on to Tennessee, to Florida and then to Arkansas. So I am more an SEC kid than anything else."
He makes it clear that conference is his preference to play in.
"The SEC is the best conference in college football without a doubt and it would be a honor to play for one of those teams," Matthews said. "That is what I am planning to do."
Matthews got a chance to see Arkansas take down LSU in last season's finale.
"That was a big surprise," Matthews said. "LSU had the speed and everything, but Arkansas just got it done. I didn't expect them to go 10-0 last season, but I know they have good coaches and they are program really on the rise and have a great future."
Matthews is planning on attending Arkansas' Red-White football game on April 18.
Matthews, who runs the 400 in track with a personal best of 51.0, is not planning on making a quick decision at this time.
"I am focusing right now on getting my time in the 400 down to 48 by the time the state meet rolls around," Matthews said. "I want that to be out there for all the recruiters to see."
Speaking of recruiters, he will see plenty this spring and summer with his travel schedule.
"I am going to be at the FCA Combine (April 18 in Little Rock) and planning on going to camps at Arkansas and LSU and Florida and maybe Florida State," Matthews said. "I just want to get out there and be seen and see how it works out for me."
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