Louisville offers top dual-threat QB Matthews

Christian Matthews is generally considered one of the Top 5 quarterbacks in Texas' Class of 2009. The 6-3, 180-pound Arlington-Bowie dual-threat standout is becoming a very hot recruiting commodity – and one of Louisville's top quarterback prospects. Matthews spoke with InsideTheVille.com about his interest in the Cardinals.

Christian Matthews is generally considered one of the Top 5 quarterbacks in Texas' Class of 2009. The 6-3, 180-pound Arlington-Bowie dual-threat standout is becoming a very hot recruiting commodity – and one of Louisville's top quarterback prospects.

Matthews, who led Bowie to the Class 5A Division I, Region I final in 2007, guided his team to a school-best 12-2 record. As a junior, Matthews completed 171 of 278 passes 2,170 yards (62 percent) and 20 touchdowns. He also rushed for 442 yards and six touchdowns.

"He's the real deal," said Bowie coach Kenny Perry. "He's 6-3 about 180 pounds. He can run and throw. He's a good basketball player as well. I think next year in the state he'll probably be the best dual-threat quarterback."

"I can pass pretty good and I can use my legs to get out of a bad situation on the field," Matthews said. "I've got to get in the weight room and get bigger and I need to use my legs more than I did last season to help the team out."

Louisville, Northwestern and Oklahoma State have already offered scholarships. More offers appear on the way for the dual-threat star in the near future. "I think Utah is about to offer him," Perry said. "Michigan called last week. He'll be a national kid."

"I think they really want me," Matthews said of the Cardinals. "They sent me a letter and it just stated that they wanted me but I haven't talked to them verbally yet. They seem very interested. I'm interested in them but I really don't know much about Louisville."

The Cardinals recruited one of Matthews' teammates last year and took a liking to the junior quarterback.

"(Louisville) recruited (Kip Edwards) last year and watched a lot of film on him," Perry said. "From what I understand they like his athletic ability."

Matthews was rated one of the Top 3 junior quarterbacks on the 5A TexasFootball.com All-Junior team. He was also an honorable mention 5A All-State selection by the Associated Press in 2007.

"Put him on your "must watch list" among the junior quarterbacks," said Scout.com Texas analyst Alan Zepeda. "He is a very solid top 10 quarterback in the state next year."

Matthews said he's going to Texas' junior day this weekend. "I'll be going to some other junior days," he said. "I'm just looking at what's best for me. It really doesn't matter about (location). I want a school with a good dental program in case things don't go well with football. On the field, I really do want to play my first year."


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