In-State Running Back Visits Tigers

Decatur running back Josh Matthews discusses his most recent trip to Auburn to visit Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Decatur, Ala.—A powerful back and one of the top runners in Alabama for the 2013 recruiting class, 5-9, 215 Josh Matthews made his second trip to Auburn in the last two months when he was on hand for AU's second 2012 junior day.

Spending time with Auburn running back coach Curtis Luper, Matthews said he enjoyed having the opportunity to talk with him and get a better idea about the Tigers.

"I have been down there a couple of times," Matthews said. "I'm getting kind of used to it down there. I talked to Coach (Curtis) Luper a little bit and he told me he was going to come see me this spring. He's looking at a couple of running backs and apparently I'm on the list because he's going to come see me. I'll just keep working hard and keep doing what I'm doing.

"Just to know that he (Luper) is coming to watch me and some of the other coaches, that's pretty exciting," he added. "I'm just glad to be part of the process. I think it's going to pay off."

Luper wasn't the only coach who Matthews had the chance to spend time with on his most recent trip, however, as he also got to talk with new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler. Known for coaching quarterbacks, Loeffler guided one of the top rushing attacks in the country last year at Temple. That is something he impressed upon Matthews when they talked is the desire to run the football at Auburn as well.

"I talked to him a lot," Matthews said. "I really like him. He just talked about how they are going to be a running team, balanced with play-action passes. That's what I'm used to at Decatur. What he's bringing to the program I really like a lot."

Despite injuries that kept him out of part of his junior year, Matthews still managed to make an impact for the Red Raiders. Rushing for nearly 600 yards on 115 carries with seven touchdowns, his performance was enough to show schools that he'll be one of watch in 2012. With one offer already and more schools showing interest he said right now his focus is on proving he can play on the next level.

"It's pretty much the same, but I'm getting more interest," Matthews said. "Last year I was kind of hurt during the season, but I'm healthy now. I think this season will really show what I have. It's going to help me out a lot.

"I have an offer from Louisiana-Lafayette," he added. "I'm just waiting and I'll keep working hard. I'm also hearing mainly from Auburn, Vanderbilt and Tennessee is showing some interest too."

Hoping to impress Auburn's coaches enough to get an offer from the Tigers down the road, Matthews said he feels like good things are ahead for the program and he hopes he has the chance to do his part.

"They are getting some new players in with a new coordinator," Matthews said. "I think I can be part of that. It looks like it's going to be a good year next year and I'm glad to be part of the process."


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