Profile - Christian Matthews
Georgia Tech 2016 signee Christian Matthews was disappointed with the news that Coach Brian Gregory would not be his college coach. The National Christian Academy recruit spoke to GoJackets.com about his plans for the future.
Prior to talking with us, Christian had already heard about Tech’s plans to make a coaching change. “It’s a pretty big disappointment to be honest. I really liked Coach and his staff. It’s a tough pill to swallow."
The school entered into Christian’s decision to choose Tech but Coach Gregory and his staff played the biggest role in his choice. “Coach (Tom) Herrion is a great guy as is the rest of the staff. Everyone was on the same page and each had their strengths in relation to the position they coached.” Christian felt that the staff had a great plan for himself, Josh Okogie, and Romello White.
In spite of his disappointment, Christian is willing to give the new coach a chance. Christian will be looking to see the plan the new staff will have for him and his fellow signees. “If I like his plan to keep the team headed in the right direction, then I would stay with Georgia Tech.”
Matthews will also be looking to see if the new coach’s plan for him is similar to the plan Coach Gregory had for him. “I just want to be at a school that will make good use of my talent. Coach Gregory had a great plan in my opinion on how I would be used in his team concept.” Matthews felt that Coach Gregory had turned the corner this year. “I guess Tech felt it was time for a change.”
There is another element to Christian’s decision. “Most of the schools that I would consider are probably full now and that will play a role in my decision to ask for a release. I’m not going to go to a school just because they have an opening,” Christian knows that his situation is tough. He was set on and was looking forward to going to Georgia Tech. “I was looking forward to working with my incoming teammates and the guys already there.”
Christian has already made a decision to concentrate on communications through the business school. “I know of several former Tech athletes doing well on the sports communications circuit."
While he doesn’t know how long it will take for a new coaching hire at Tech, Christian is taking a wait and see position. “It all starts when Georgia Tech hires the new coach. I’m going to give the new coach every chance of keeping me there at Georgia Tech just like I did Coach Gregory.”