Louisville lands another JUCO standout

It was an important recruiting weekend for the Louisville football program, who hosted several talented JUCO defensive prospects. Josh Wiley, a junior college safety from Pearl River (MS) C.C., gave Louisville a commitment while in town. But Wiley wasn't the only JUCO defensive standout to commit during his visit. InsideTheVille.com has the breaking news on commitment #2 this weekend…..

It was an important recruiting weekend for the Louisville football program, who hosted several talented JUCO defensive prospects. Josh Wiley, a junior college safety from Pearl River (MS) C.C., gave Louisville a commitment while in town. But Wiley wasn't the only JUCO defensive standout to commit during his visit.

Justin Matthews, a 6'1, 205-pound defensive back from Jones County (MS) College, verbally committed to U of L while making an official visit over the weekend.


JC safety Justin Matthews gave Louisville
a commitment on his official visit.

"It was good," Matthews said of his trip to UofL. "I enjoyed myself. Louisville has a good environment. I made my decision during the visit and committed to Louisville this weekend."

Jones, who was recruited by Louisville assistant Mike Mallory, chose the Cardinals for a host of reasons.

"At Jones where I play at our coach talks a lot about character and Coach Mallory and the (Louisville) coaches talk about the same thing," Matthews said. "I like the people up there. Trent Guy and Bobby Buchanan were my hosts on my visit. They were great guys and they were one of the reasons why I committed to Louisville. I want to play with those guys next season."

Wiley will graduate from Jones County C.C. this month and will enroll at U of L in January. He participate in spring drills and should compete for immediate playing time at safety.

"I think I'm a pretty smart football player," Matthews said. "I know what I'm supposed to do and I have the ability to do it."

"He's a fierce competitor," said Jones County CC coach Eddie Pierce. "He's got great speed and he's a tremendous hitter. I think he's going to be a super, super player. He's got a great attitude. I think Justin will make an immediate impact."

"I think he'll be a safety. He's a big kid. He's 205 pounds, 6'1," added Pierce. "So he's a nice size safety too. I think his strength is his ability to come up and hit. He can come up and play like an outside linebacker and he's got enough speed to cover. He can run."

Matthews picked Louisville over Kansas and Ole Miss.


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