Matthews talks in-depth of official
"The visit went real good," said Jordan Matthews. "It started off good. My host was Larry Smith. It was a big deal to be with the starting quarterback. It meant a lot. Larry is a great guy. I spent some time with some of the other receivers as well.
"It was like a big family atmosphere up there. My roommate for the weekend was Nash Nance. He was really a great guy. We all clicked really well. I was glad I got to spend time with all of those guys."
"I met with an academic counselor while I was there. His name was Russell McIntire. He is the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. I plan on majoring in Economics. He was able to give me a lot of information.
"My mom really likes their academics. She has wanted me to go to Vanderbilt for a long time. My dad always wanted me to go play at Vanderbilt. They never pushed me one way or the other, but they are happy with my decision.
"One thing that really stood out about my visit were all the other people at Vanderbilt. People not even involved in the football program would come up and say hello. I had a couple of different conversations with people. They were all nice. There are some really good people at Vanderbilt.
"It was great to spend time with the coaches. I had known a lot of them from talking to them in the past. I spent most of my time with coach Fisher, coach Caldwell and coach Johnson. I was one of the first prospects down there. I met the rest of the staff. It was good to meet all of them.
"I got some one-on-one time with coach Johnson. He talked to me and my family. I also talked to coach Fisher and coach Caldwell a lot. They were talking to me about next year and working out. They gave me the logistics of coming in for summer school.
"We basically just talked football. I know it's going to be a lot different when I get up there from high school. When I played football in high school I always knew going in to practice I would be starting. Now I have to fight for a position."
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound prospect is eager for the challenge. He recorded 61 receptions for 1,061 yards and 13 touchdowns during the 2009 season. He added 50 tackles, eight interceptions with one returned for a touchdown on defense. He also had two punt returns for touchdowns.
Matthews recognizes his strengths and areas to improve before arriving in Nashville.
"I think I am going to bring leadership with me to Vanderbilt," Matthews said. "I have always been put in leadership positions. People look up to me to be a leader. When I go in I want to learn the offense and be able to be a vocal leader. I want to bring a good spirit every day. I want my teammates to know I am always going to work hard. They never have to worry about me taking a day off."
"If I had to say where I want to improve I want to keep improving my speed. People are going to be faster. I want to improve my catching. I want to be able to get off the line. I know the corners I saw in high school won't be like the ones I'll see in college."
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