Two-Way Standout Looking For First Offer

This talented prospect talks about the recruiting process and about his camp experience at Auburn.

Huntsville, Ala.--Private schools in the state of Alabama have not had a long history of putting a lot of football players into Division I schools, but that is changing with every passing year. A player who has a chance to continue that trend in 2010 is Madison Academy wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

Over the weekend Matthews had a chance to show his skills to the Auburn coaches as part of a summer camp on the Plains. He says the experience was one that should help him down the road in addition to showing the coaching staff what he can do.

"It went good," the 6-2, 185 Matthews tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I was happy with my numbers. I was clocked at a 4.56 40-yard dash. I had a 4.2 shuttle time and a 34 inch vertical. I was proud of my numbers, but they can get better.

"I was glad to get some good teaching on the field by both Coach (Trooper) Taylor and Coach (Phillip Lolley)," Matthews adds. "I used that on the field for the seven on seven and for the one on one. It's really going to help me when I get back home and start playing again."

Currently waiting on his first offer, Matthews notes that he is receiving interest from several schools in the Southeast. He's hoping that his increased exposure at camps will only help his cause of getting a scholarship.

"I'm hearing from Auburn a lot," Matthews says. "I'm also hearing from Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Alabama, North Alabama, and some smaller schools. I don't have any offers yet. That's why I'm trying to go to a lot of camps to try to pick up an offer. I think some schools are close."

As a junior Matthews was nearly unstoppable for Madison Academy at wide receiver. He finished the year with 70 catches for just over 1,300 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. Also a standout on the basketball court, he averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds per game on a state championship team.

It's not just on the athletic fields and courts where Matthews excels though as he's also an outstanding student. He says that part of his all-around body of work should only help his chances to get a scholarship when the time comes.

"I think something that helps me is that my parents keep me in shape," Matthews says. "They've helped me as I've gone along and to keep my grades up. Right now I have a 3.9 in school. I'm trying to get back to a 4.0. I'm just trying to keep my head on straight and get that first offer."

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