Intro: Joshua Matthews visits Junior Day

Joshua Matthews, running back from Decatur, Ala., looks like the next big prospect to come from the Red Raiders. A couple of their former players are currently in the NFL including Rolando McClain with the Oakland Raiders and Jerraud Powers with the Indianapolis Colts. Matthews rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore.


"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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