Casey Matthews: "Between those two schools"

Casey Matthews has at one time or another been thought to be close to committing to a college. He has not made his choice yet though and continues to be a hot name for schools on both coasts of the United States. Two schools in particular seem to have Casey torn as to where he'll be playing college ball in 2007.

Casey Matthews has at one time or another been thought to be close to committing to a college. He has not made his choice yet though and continues to be a hot name for schools on both coasts of the United States. Two schools in particular seem to have Casey torn as to where he'll be playing college ball in 2007.

Though the recruiting process has been hectic, Casey seems to now be pretty comfortable with the choices he has left in front of him with his two favorites.

"It's kind of slowed down, but it's good," said Matthews. "It's between those two schools right now. Oregon and Georgia Tech are at the top right now and those are the two I'm really looking at right now."

With neither school being local to Matthews but also on different coasts, he was asked how distance plays into his thinking.

"Distance doesn't really have a big factor in my decision," said Matthews. "But I think my parents won't be as happy… they'll be happy wherever I go but I think they'll be kind of bummed that I'll be farther away than the California schools."

Are there options that maybe closer by?

"San Diego State, I think is the only close one, and California," said Matthews.

When discussing what he likes about his two favorites, Matthews seems to have grown tired of just defending against the run all of the time.

"I like Oregon a lot because I like how the coaches have been together for a long time," said Matthews. "They're stable; you know they won't be going anywhere for a while. Also, their facilities are nice. And then Georgia Tech, they're in the ACC, which I also like. And Oregon, they're in the Pac-10 and they pass a lot, so I kind of like that. In my high school league right now they run the ball and I'm getting kind of sick it honestly."

What kind of offense does Casey like to defend against the most? "Maybe a mix, more passing," Matthews said. "The Pac-10 throws the ball a lot, the ACC is probably an even mix."

Casey and his family have some connections to both Oregon and the city of Atlanta.

"In Atlanta, my Dad used to play there so he has a lot of people knows around there. And we know a lot of families back there and they're just a short ride from the campus," said Matthews. "One of my teammates just committed to Oregon just like two weeks ago or so. So that might help a little bit."

Don't look for Casey to sit on this decision forever. He could make up his mind at any time before fall.

"Before the season starts I'm going to try and get it over with," said Matthews. "But I don't know when; it might be tomorrow or it might be at the end of the summer."

What will decide it for Casey?

"Probably the school in general, like the football program and the prestige and if they're a winning team," said Matthews. "Also depth chart has a little bit to do with it. Both of the schools I've mentioned, I can come in and play early."

There may be two possible visits remaining in Casey's plans.

"I've visited the two on the top of my list and the coaches, I don't think, can come out any more until later in the season," said Matthews. "And I might go visit Cal and Oregon within the next two weeks maybe. I've visited Oregon already but my Mom didn't go see it."

Matthews continues to get text messages and mail regularly from his two top schools. Stay tuned with Scout.com to see if Casey ends up as an Oregon Duck or Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket.


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