University of Cincinnati Bearcat football fans didn't really get a chance to know Ricardo Matthews during the recruiting process. With a commitment to Georgia Tech in December, those who follow recruiting didn't think much about the talented defensive lineman from Jacksonville, Florida. But just when it looked like things were going towards the wrong direction with fellow Jacksonville native Jason Sherman changing his mind to Big East foe South Florida, the class received a major boost when the following day the 6'2 257 lb. defensive standout made the call to Coach Mark Dantonio and pledged Bearcats.
What does Ricardo bring to the Bearcats, included is his highlight as released by the football staff and a brief look at his talents.
Ricardo is not one of these players who are going to show up on the Bearcats doorstep and be less than six feet; he was measured during the Scout.com Jacksonville Combine and came out still listed at 6'2.
One thing college coaches look for in a high school player is burst. While many get caught up with forty times, burst is needed more at the next level. Ricardo shows that in these highlights as he breaks through offensive lines and creates havoc with linemen. He also shows he's got an understanding of using his shoulders to slide through and get leverage against bigger players.
What made Bryd, Mickens and Smith as valuable as true freshmen last year was the motor that runs within a player. You can't teach it and when a player has it look out. Ricardo shows that motor and should continue to use it at the next level. Look for him to be given a chance to work into the rotation along the defensive front and be an impact player if he comes in with the right attitude.
While his early commitment to Georgia Tech slowed several programs from recruiting Ricardo, the Bearcats keep working under the right atmosphere and Matthews learned there was more to his pick then just football. But while Bearcat fans were busy enjoying his sudden change to UC, the "Big Boys" of Florida college football was busy trying to get him to make another switch to one of their programs. Matthews stayed the course and signed his letter of intent and will have Bearcat fans talking this coming fall with his play on the field.
This is a huge pickup by the Bearcats coaching staff. Matthews is a major talent and proved that from his verbal to Georgia Tech and his staying away from the home state powers. Watch his film and see for the first time what the Bearcats staff saw.