Mathews Eager to Join "Band of Brothers"

BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall made an early recruiting splash when he received commitments from four class of 2007 recruits within a month of signing his class of 2006. The most notable early commitment came from a 6-foot-4½ wide receiver out of Beaverton, Oregon.

Southridge High School football and track star Marcus Mathews came to Provo last week for an unofficial visit, and he loved what he saw.

Mathews, a four-star recruit, got into town on March 25th and spent four days in Utah. He spent the weekend relaxing and devoted Monday and Tuesday to touring the campus, talking to coaches, and, Mathew's personal favorite, watching practice.

"The whole trip went great, and I really loved watching practice," said Mathews. "It's great seeing what I'm in for."

While Mathews especially enjoyed the practices, he also enjoyed all the other parts of his visit. As is usual with most recruits, he was wowed by BYU's top of the line training facilities. Between the new indoor practice field, and the new training and conditioning rooms in the Student Athlete Center, Mathews said that no other universities can really top what BYU has to offer.

Mathews also had the opportunity to speak with several coaches, including Coach Lamb, Coach Higgins, Coach Anae, and, of course, Coach Mendenhall. While most of the conversation with the coaches casual, Coach Mendenhall and Mathews did have a chance to sit down and have a half-hour discussion.

"We had a really good talk," Mathews said. "We didn't talk too much about football though. We talked more about the standards that we have at BYU, and what the program stands for. We also talked about what kind of people come here. I felt really comfortable talking to him, and that's what you have to have between coach and player."

While Mathews still has his senior season in front of him, he knows what he wants to accomplish long term and how and where he wants to do it.

"I like how guys were really like brothers with each other," said Mathews. "Watching them they were able to have fun in practice, and still be serious when they needed to" he said.

Mathews is already learning the importance of the "Band of Brothers" slogan found on the back of special t-shirts for the coaches' and players'. It will no doubt help him to have a stellar senior year and be a great player when he arrives on campus in 2007.

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