You can see in the eyes of University of Arkansas football coaches that they got it right when it comes to Monticello safety Brishen Matthews.
Matthews (6-1, 190, 4.4), who got an offer from the Razorbacks this spring, has certainly been one of the stars of the UA football camp that began Sunday and ends up Tuesday morning.
Not only did he measure his reported height and weight, but he has shown the keen football knowledge of being a coach's son and is all set to claim the title of fastest defensive back in camp after advancing to the finals Sunday night.
"It's been fun," Matthews said. "I'm having a good time and learning a lot. This is a great program with great coaches."
Matthews has offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Tulsa, Southern Miss, UCA and Arkansas State.
LSU, Florida and Mississippi State are all showing interest as well.
"As far as my top two, I am a big time SEC guy," Matthews said. "Arkansas is at the top, Ole Miss is right there, too."
It's clear that Arkansas recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Tim Horton has made a favorable impression.
"Me and Tim's relationship is just like me and my head coach's," Matthews said. "If I have a question, I can pick up the phone. It will ring one time and he picks up and is saying "Hey, Brishen, what can I do for you, how's the family?' It is just a real, almost family-like relationship.
"Arkansas might be a little ahead of Ole Miss because of Coach Horton because he stays on me and stays in contact," Matthews said. "There is no doubt that he (Horton) is doing twice as much work as anybody else trying to recruit me. It is not even close."
This is certainly not his last camp of the summer.
"I have LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State's," Matthews said.
Matthews is the son of UAM head coach Gwaine Matthews, who has taught his son to play both smart and physical.
"Every since I have been playing football, my dad has told me stick you head in there and knock somebody out," Mathews said.
"It's been huge," Matthews said of having a dad who is a coach. "With today, you have so much play-action. I can be playing safety and they go play-action right and it is just instinct. I won't go up for the run because I can just feel the wideout coming out, coming underneath, playing over the top. It's just there for me. It's a gift that being around my dad helped out with."
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