Fulton, Miss.--Committed to the Auburn Tigers since June after flipping his commitment from Louisville, Itawamba Community College running back Octavius Matthews was on campus over the weekend for his official visit.
Spending time with Auburn running backs Coach Tim Horton and his host Kameron Martin, Matthews said everything about his time back on the Plains went great.
“I had a really good time down there,” Matthews said. “Me and Coach Horton had a real good time.
“He’s a real good guy,” he added of Martin. “He was showing me places around and we went back to his room and chilled there. I didn’t really go out or anything like that, just hung out.”
Already very familiar with Auburn and the offense, Matthews said he had one goal for his visit this weekend to make sure of his decision to be a Tiger.
“I wanted to see if I fit in,” he said. “I felt like I fit in. Me and Coach Horton have a great relationship. I had a real good time down there.”
A talented runner and receiver, Matthews led Itawamba last season with 645 yards on just 90 carries in nine games and five touchdowns while also adding 15 receptions for 220 yards and three more scores. His ability to do both is something that Auburn told him they’ll use when he gets with the Tigers next season.
“They said running back was going to be my main position but they wanted me to work some at slot receiver so they could get me the ball out in space or jet sweeps and stuff like that,” Matthews said. “That’s perfect, just get me the ball.”
Not graduating early, Matthews said he’s starting school in May with the Tigers. Planning to visit Louisville and Western Kentucky and having already visited Kansas, the former North Jackson standout said he’s fully onboard with Auburn.
“I’m 100 percent locked in with Auburn,” Matthews said. “Like 110 percent.”