Intro: Joshua Matthews visits Junior Day
"Right now the only school I have received anything from is Alabama," said Joshua Matthews. "They invited me to their Junior Day this past weekend.
"It was great getting a chance to go down there. It was just a great feeling to receive an invite. It made me think that all my hard work is paying off. I am ready for this process to begin.
Matthews talked more about his trip to Tuscaloosa.
"I had a great time down there," he said. "I didn't know what to expect at first with it being my first visit. From the start I had a great time. I met all the coaches. I met some players. I met the strength and conditioning coach. I really liked it.
"Most of the coaches throughout the whole thing they were talking about education and how it's a big part at Alabama. They have a demand for everything. You have to show up. Coach Saban talked about how good of a program it is. I talked to coach Burns. He told me what they expect from their running backs."
Matthews grew up an Auburn fan, but the other in-state SEC school looks good after some time spent on the Tide's campus.
"I have been an Auburn fan for a while," said Matthews. "I always liked Alabama when they didn't play Auburn though. Now I really like them. I think it's a real good college."
The 5-foot-10, 210-pound prospect is hoping for more interest from the Tigers.
"My father really likes them," Matthews said of Auburn. "I have been a fan of them. I like how they play. I know Auburn has a lot of tradition."
Matthews had 237 rushing attempts for 1,093 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2010. He added 15 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns. He has been clocked a 4.62 in the 40-yard dash.
"I am a power back," Matthews said. "I can get to the open field. When the line is clogged up I can bounce it out to the outside. I am trying to improve my speed and get stronger. Everything is about speed now. I am trying to learn more about the game."
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