Matthews back from Athens

ATHENS – Cliff Matthews' high school team, Cheraw, has been trucking past opponents on the way to a 7-0 start and a number-one ranking. Matthews, too, has been trucking on the recruiting trail.

He was in Athens this weekend for his official visit to Athens.

"We drove down on Saturday and took a tour of the campus," Matthews said. "Then we ate and got down to the stadium for the game. I watched from the sidelines and it was pretty cool."

Cheraw destroyed Lee Central (SC) 49-0 Friday night. The Braves allowed only 70 yards of total offense on the night. Matthews scored on a 16-yard pass in the third quarter. He ended his night with three catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Still, Matthews is being recruited as a defensive end.

Matthews said he spoke most with Georgia's duo from the Show Me State, Logan Gray and Aron White. He also spent time with Trinton Sturdivant, who lives about 30 minutes from Matthews just on the other side of the border with North Carolina.

The soft-spoken defensive end is the most highly sought-after player in South Carolina. The Gamecocks, Tigers and Georgia are all in the mix according to Matthews. The Georgia-Tennessee game is the third time Matthews has watched the Bulldogs play (WKU and South Carolina). He has also visited Clemson and South Carolina unofficially.

Matthews said he will visit South Carolina officially in November for the Gamecock's game with Arkansas. He will also officially visit Clemson, but said he had not yet firmed up the date for a visit to the South Carolina upstate. All three schools are still Matthew's favorite three. He will decide from the group at the end of his high school football season.

Matthews had previously set a press conference for the middle of August, but decided to take visits to all three schools, and has been hearing from North Carolina as well.

"I think the visit to Athens went real well," Matthews said. "But we are still in the process of figuring everything out right now."

NOTE: The below video is NOT a highlight reel. It is about 45% of the downs Matthews played against Chesterfield – specifically the ones he was involved in. I think it is a little more realistic way of seeing what a high school player is like.

Cliff Matthews vs. Chesterfield (SC)

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