Oregon Receiver Already has Choices

Every year BYU seems to be battling the Oregon schools for potential football players. 2007 will be no different as BYU is in hot pursuit of a four-star wide receiver by the name of Marcus Mathews.

"Right now the schools that I'm hearing from the most are Oregon State, Oregon and BYU," Marcus Mathews said.

Oregon sent Mathews a letter before Christmas inviting him to a pre-Holiday Bowl practice. Mathews and the Oregon staff traded emails to confirm schedules for the trip. Coach Barry Lamb from BYU sent Mathews a handwritten letter after BYU's summer football camp. Oregon State called the Mathews' head coach at Southridge last week. Mathews returned the call and receive an invitation to a junior day on March 4th, which he plans on attending. Mathews will also attend junior days at BYU and Oregon.

At 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Mathews is tall receiver who likes to use his height to his advantage.

"I love the high ball," Mathews said. "I'm taller then 90% of the DBs so I can go up and get the ball. I also love to go across the middle to make the grab."

Last season Mathews had 47 catches for 690 yards and eight touchdowns. He played both wide receiver and safety at Southridge High School but says he will play receiver in college.

"I have great hands and I run sharp routes," Mathews said. "I run a 4.65 forty but I'm working on my speed by working with a speed coach 3 times a week."

Mathews, who attended BYU summer football camps during the last two summers, is planning to attend BYU's summer camp again this year. He will also attend the University of Washington's summer camp as well as the Stanford and Oregon Nike camps.

"A few years ago I saw BYU play Notre Dame in Provo," Mathews said. "I even got to go in the locker room after the game because I knew a BYU coach who is no longer on the team."

Grades will not be an issue for Mathews who maintains a 3.7 GPA. He said his parents support him in any school he picks. He said he is looking for a school with a good atmosphere that does not make him uncomfortable. He is also not sure if he will take a mission or not.

"My goal is to commit to a school before my senior season starts so I can focus on the season," Mathews said.

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